Learning how to make a brushstroke doesn't have to be difficult and you can easily adapt to my learning techniques!
Good morning and welcome to my studio. Today I am going to talk to you about the importance of brushstrokes. They are really the lifeblood of your painting.
It's important to... Read More
Jackie and Sherrie discuss how Sherrie Built Her Art Studio. Read about Sherrie McGraw's Art Studio Tips below and their conversation.
Jackie: Hi Sherrie.
Sherrie: Hi Jackie, I love these conversations we have for the blogs.
Jackie: Well today is very special for I think all of our students because it's questions... Read More
Jackie and Sherrie discuss landscape painter J.M.W. Turner
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Jackie: Hi Sherrie.
Sherrie: Hi Jackie.
Jackie: How are you?
Sherrie: I am excited today to talk about Turner!
Jackie: I am too! He is definitely a favorite landscape painter of all time. I... Read More
How important is drawing to portrait painting
I believe that drawing is so important to portrait painting. From my own experience, drawing has improved my portrait painting. The more I draw the better my hand and eye coordination gets. This allows me to become more accurate and direct with my drawing.... 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
Learning the concepts
An important concept in painting landscapes is good design. According to John F. Carlson, in order to achieve this, there should be four values in the painting. These values, in turn, influence three planes: the horizontal, the angles, and the vertical. In each plane there... Read More
What is the importance of making beautiful brushstrokes when painting in oils? Can I master techniques of brushstrokes? What effects can I achieve with brush control? How do I hold the paint brush and what muscles do I use?
These and many more questions will be addressed in this blog.... Read More
How do I guide the viewer's eye through a painting? How do I control soft and hard edges? When does the brain rest on a hard edge and travel over the soft edges in a painting? The use of edges in painting is the subject of this blog. How... Read More