Virtual Art Academy

Author - Barry John Raybould

Avoid Over Saturating Colors In Nature 1

Avoid Over Saturating Colors In Nature

Saturation is a property of color that measures how intense or pure that color is. Grays are low saturation colors, and vivid colors are high saturated colors. Another name for saturation is ‘chroma’. For...

Plein air painting in Italy

Plein Air Painting in Italy: San Terenzo Carnevale

This small sketch was done during the last half hour of sunset at San Terenzo, in the Gulf of Poets, Liguria, Italy. This is when the colors in Italy are the most beautiful. This shows my process for quickly capturing...

Street Scene Painting 3

Street Scene Painting

Cat. No. 1245 Songzhuang Street – 50cm x 40cm – Oil on Linen I did this street scene painting in Songzhuang this week. Songzhuang is Beijing’s largest art district. Almost every building in this small...

When things don't turn out the way you want them to 5

When things don’t turn out the way you want them to

As an artist our reward can sometimes be the satisfaction when the result meets our expectations, but when we struggle, when we don’t know anymore which way to follow, how do we keep going? Here is my way to go through...

William Ritschel painting

A Guide To Critiquing Master Paintings

To Learn More If you want to learn you can get instant access to Barry’s 6 book library on Concept and Visual Music & Poetry here:  Concept: Why You Need Both Visual Music and Visual Poetry To Make Your Work...

Notan sketches

A Beginners Guide To Notan

What Is Notan?  Why do certain paintings win art competitions? The answer lies a lot in the harmonious arrangement of black, white, and gray in the painting. A synthetic arrangement of dark and light creates an...

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Brushwork That Captures a Time & Place

Creating Poetry Armin C. Hansen (1886-1957), one of the founders of the Carmel Art Association in Carmel, California, was renowned for his ability to use brushwork to capture the vitality of life by extracting the...