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.
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. […]
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. […]
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 […]
John Hughes discusses using positive and negative space to give objects in your paintings full shape.
Sue Martin discusses art and presentation with art consultant Janet Hill.
Critiques are interesting animals; some are big and hairy while others are small and cuddly. Like judging in an art competition, they are all dependent on the artistic paradigm of the person doing the critique. Sometimes the best critiques are the simplest ones, like when my wife Teresa […]
In his new Salt Lake City location Travis Tanner, owner of Tanner Frames, talks with Sue Martin on Making a Good Presentation.
When starting a painting, it is important that the first few values get put down on the canvas correctly before any other brushstrokes are recorded. When choosing a first value, the artist must have a standard to choose from. In other words, just any value won’t do. That […]
Being an artist means you belong to a profession. Unfortunately, the public does not always perceive artists as professionals, and sometimes artists do not rise to an appropriate level of professionalism in their own practices. Read our Best Practices article in the June 2012 edition of 15 Bytes […]
Trademarks and copyrights are two very different types of intellectual property rights. As an artist you may need both, but first you’ll need to understand the difference between them. Read Nicholas Wells’ Hints ‘n’ Tips article on trademarks and copyrights in the March 2012 edition of 15 Bytes. […]
Snow scenes have a natural appeal, to artists and patrons alike. But as John Hughes explains in this month’s Hints ‘n’ Tips article, when working with snow, some artists see too much white.