This is a recent interview with Sherrie McGraw. It gives people a different side of her than in the art instructional videos. Hosted by Lori McNee at Fine Art Tips, she helps listeners and viewers discover new things about one of our favorite master artist and instructors.... Read More
When Abstract Realism and Expressionism dawned in the late 1960s and early 1970s, some of its leaders—Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Willem DeKooning—came on the scene showcasing the abstract beauty of paint itself without the dilution of a recognizable image. Pollock highlighted creativity in the controlled accident. Kline in... 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
In this wonderful and informative blog, Stacy Kamin leads us through the very complex theory of shadows when painting light and shadow in the chiaroscuro way of working in oil. In oil painting shadows help create the illusion of dimension. One of the most important techniques is the skill... 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
What is Sherrie McGraw's teaching philosophy?
How should a student pick an art teacher?
How does an art student get better?
Stacy states “This blog will explain Sherrie McGraw’s teaching philosophy. She is one of the best teachers that I have studied with, in part because she is patient and very generous with... Read More
This blog will explain the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio and Golden Section. These terms all refer to the same phenomenon. They reflect a regularly occurring proportional ratio in nature that can be included in your art to achieve effective composition.
The Golden Section is a mathematical ratio commonly found in nature, which is the... Read More
What are Planes?
How do I see planes?
In this blog you will heighten your art education by learning how to see planes. Students often can't decipher separate planes on a subject, which weakens the structural strength of their work. It is important to be aware of planes and to see them... Read More
Glazing and Scumbling in Oil Painting
David A Leffel
What is glazing in painting?
What is scumbling in painting?
When do artists use glazing in the oil painting process? When is it appropriate to use the process of scumbling? Enhancing an oil painting with the use of glazing is a useful tool. Understanding... Read More
Sennelier makes a wonderful pastel card in some lovely colors—a range of warm browns and ivory. I use vine charcoal initially and add contè—both white and red—to capture the illusion of the subject. The surface is relatively delicate and cannot have any liquid applied to the surface. But you... Read More