Written by Nancy Reyner, and posted by Renee Phillips, Artists Coach and Curator. What Makes A Great Painting? An answer everyone can agree on may appear impossible. For the past decade I’ve delved passionately into this question. I discovered a significant tool that makes an average painting soar into the arena of great. Using this … Continue reading How to Create A Great Painting
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Here’s an article I wanted to share that has good advice on using metallic glitter with pouring resin. It is from a company that specializes in resin pouring products called Resin Obsession, and written by their guest writer Tess DiNapoli. Enjoy! How to Get Glitter to Suspend in Your Resin Pieces Tired of your glitter … Continue reading Tips for Using Glitter with Resin
Size matters. At least for painters. Small paintings appeal to us like a precious gem. Medium sizes self-reflect like a mirror. Larger sizes evoke an expansive space. The size of a painting significantly affects a viewer’s experience. With this in mind I recently painted a series of small works that feel big. These are posted … Continue reading Painting Small but Big
An even better title – How to give an art talk for your friend’s show (without losing your friend). Sometimes it’s best to say no. That’s what was going through my head a few days before my friend Gigi Mills had her solo gallery show. A select group of her collector’s was invited to … Continue reading Best Ways to Express Emotion in Painting
Acrylic is an amazing medium for fine art painters. It’s not just paint! Acrylic research and development has taken acrylic far beyond what any other medium, like oil or watercolor, can do. When we compare acrylic to all the other available mediums for painters, it is like comparing the computer application of Photoshop to an … Continue reading Acrylic Mediums, Gels & Pastes. What are they?
Linda Harbert, The School and It’s Environment, oil on canvas, 35.5″ x 47.25″ The journey an artist takes in creating their work has always interested me. From their first decision to create art to the point where they discover their work is uniquely theirs can take a long time. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, theorized … Continue reading Award Winner Linda Harbert
The Ultimate Acrylic Painting Class · Self-Guided Video Instruction From Your First Brushstroke to Your Ultimate Masterpiece – This Course Has It All! Anyone can master acrylic painting with the right skills! With this all-inclusive acrylic painting course, learn to achieve a wide range of painting techniques in both Classic and Contemporary styles. Gain confidence … Continue reading The Complete Guide to Acrylic Painting Techniques
To capture rich depth and atmosphere I use layering techniques, one over the other, visible in both of my paintings above and below. Sea, Mist & Birds, 44″ x 36″, acrylic on panel. The process of layering while painting makes it easier to add surface texture, subtle color shifts and a tangible depth. While … Continue reading How to Paint with Layers – in Acrylic and Oil
Oil pastels are still my number one favorite medium, even though I also paint with acrylic and oil. When working with oil pastels I feel as if I am able to combine both painting and drawing qualities using just this one medium. First let’s make sure we don’t get confused between oil pastels and the … Continue reading Oil Pastel – A Great Medium for Painters!
What’s a mixed absorbency surface? It’s a great surface you can easily make yourself, to get interesting painting effects and texture right away, regardless of which painting medium you use! Read on to find out how to use this with your creative work! To start a painting, a painter will usually begin with some commercially … Continue reading How to Create a Mixed Absorbency Surface for Painting