Watch Stacy Kamin as she discusses how the coronavirus quarantine and lock down has given her plenty of time to paint. She gives you a quick review of how to paint from sketches of a church in Spain. Stacy explains how she will paint from sketches. ... Read More
Finding Inspiration for a Painting
The most important requirement is the desire to paint. The best way to get started is have a collection of resources and references, like photos, sketches and other artists’ work that you admire. This can be inspirational when looking for ideas. Keep a sketchbook for... Read More
Painting Surfaces, Canvas, Boards
In a conversation between Jackie Kamin and Sherrie McGraw, we find out the different painting surfaces that they prefer.
Jackie: Hi Sherrie! Could you tell us what is the best painting surface to work on?
Sherrie: Hi Jackie! For smaller sizes, I prefer smooth boards to paint on. My... Read More
Shadow shapes and light is an important part of creating the illusion of three dimension on a flat surface. The problem of creating form from flat shapes is at the heart of the history of realism in art. A shadow needs to follow the shape of an object... Read More
How can I make corrections on my painting without causing muddy or chalky color?
Muddy and chalky color problem: “Where I run into trouble …. a painting is a series of corrections…..when I correct, the paint gets contaminated. It begins to look over-worked or milky. And if I work on... Read More
How do I prime a raw linen canvas?
This blog will explain priming raw linen and how to oil prime a raw linen canvas. This age-old archival method of priming a canvas for painting in oils creates a smooth surface that far surpasses what is available commercially. If you have... Read More
What is the Science of Color? What is the temperature of color? How can I tell if a color is warm or cool?
When one thinks of the science of color, they think of how colors will impact emotions and depth. When considering warmth, one thinks of fire. The colors... Read More
Painting a face is more involved than painting a vase or a tree. This is largely because the painter needs more drawing ability when painting a face. With that said, how do you decide how much detail to put in a face? Does it depend on its size, or... Read More
How Can I Be a Neater Painter?
Painting in oil can be a messy endeavor. However, organization is the trick to being a neater painter. Below is a list of the biggest mistakes beginners make, which, luckily, are easy to fix.
DOS AND DON'TS
DO clean brushes thoroughly, or they'll become stiff... Read More