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Getting Back to Basics: Using simple shapes to understand the complicated landscape

Getting Back to Basics: Using simple shapes to understand the complicated landscape

Let’s face it, the landscape is no simple subject to be easily understood, let alone painted, without much study. Its intricacies need to be learned on many different levels in order to break its code and come away with a credible painting that captures the essence of a scene. Try as they might, the uninitiated...

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A New Way of Seeing and Painting

A New Way of Seeing and Painting

Not all artists see the same. The difference between the way a novice sees a scene and how a seasoned artist views it can be great, and can be the key between a good painting experience and a frustrating one. The serious student artist needs to see in a new way. This new way of...

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Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Today’s column is on a subject that I encountered years ago and was recently reminded of — avoiding the cartoon look in a painting. This may seem like a weird thing to write about, but it is a look I happened upon once or twice out in the field as a young painter, and I...

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Starting Out In Charcoal: Preparing for Paintings in Black and White

Starting Out In Charcoal: Preparing for Paintings in Black and White

One really effective way to begin planning your next studio painting is to do several thumbnail sketches until you hit on something you like. After that, you might forgo heading directly into oil paint and do some pre-planning in the medium of soft vine charcoal. The reason for this is because soft vine charcoal is...

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Plein Bear Painting: John Hughes's 2014 Summer Plein Air Adventures

Plein Bear Painting: John Hughes’s 2014 Summer Plein Air Adventures

The thing I love about this event is that I don’t have to be anywhere for days on end, which gives me the freedom to roam to my heart’s content. My method for picking painting spots on any given day is dictated only by which way the wind happens to be blowing. Typically, I will...

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Seeing With a Wheel: Using a Value Scale

Seeing With a Wheel: Using a Value Scale

Using a value scale to assist your efforts when painting out in nature can be useful, especially when there is a lot of glare, like in snow painting, beach scenes, or just regular sunny days. The need arises when you have a value that you are trying to reproduce from nature and at the same...

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