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Hints ‘n’ Tips
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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When Less Is More

When Less Is More

Professional film producers from California, across the country and around the world should take note the next time they have the opportunity to shoot their project outside of Hollywood. Utah doesn’t just offer a variety of interesting and beautiful locations, competitive financial incentives and tax breaks to visiting productions, there’s also a wealth of talent...

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Appreciating the Dirty Arts

Appreciating the Dirty Arts

Hints ‘n’ Tips Appreciating the Dirty Arts What will the coming generation of collectors want? by John Hughes Remember the old problem many of us pondered in elementary school science class? The question went something like this: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to witness the event, is there...

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The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

Somewhere along the continuum of creativity and craftsmanship there is a point where the two intersect harmoniously and unpretentiously in a natural rhythm that is difficult to achieve. Point X can’t be forced and yet, can only be reached through a bravado of execution that requires courage to fail as well as to succeed. The...

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Art Year Resolutions

Art Year Resolutions

As a planner and goal-setter in all aspects of my life, including art creation and marketing, I’m afraid I may overdo it. I fear that too much planning and scheduling may leave one blind to those serendipitous opportunities that could enhance creativity, not to mention joy of living. But without a vision and goals for...

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Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

During the Centennial Valley Arts Celebration, an event co-sponsored by 15 Bytes, a number of Utah artists braved an early winter storm to explore southern Montana’s Centennial Valley. Our regular Hints & Tips columnist John Hughes was on-hand as a workshop instructor, providing artists who have read his column for years the opportunity to try...

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John Hughes's Summer Excursions

John Hughes’s Summer Excursions

From staying in a cozy room in bucolic Spring City, to backpacking in the Tetons, plein air painter John Hughes tells us what he did on his summer vacation.

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Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

 Occasionally someone will say to me, “I can’t draw a stick figure.” The intended meaning is that they have no artistic talent. This may be true or not, but the real reason is most likely they don’t have the desire to learn or have not been instructed properly. The principles of linear drawing can all...

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Organizing Your Plein Air Gear

Organizing Your Plein Air Gear

Summer’s coming so it’s time to get your plein air gear together. John Hughes gives you hints (and photographs to match) on how to organize your gear to make the best of your time in the field. Read the article in the May 2013 edition of 15 Bytes.

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John Hughes Paints a Snow Scene

John Hughes Paints a Snow Scene

John Hughes has been writing for our Hints & Tips column for over three years now, providing advice on everything from painting in the snow to choosing an easel to how to get out of an artist rut. We decided it was finally time to see him in action. So in January, while the valley...

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Hints ‘n’ Tips: Positive and Negative Space

Hints ‘n’ Tips: Positive and Negative Space

John Hughes discusses using positive and negative space to give objects in your paintings full shape.

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The Consultant’s Perspective

The Consultant’s Perspective

Sue Martin discusses art and presentation with art consultant Janet Hill.

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