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Snow Falls in Pianello

Using Thick Oil Paint to Enhance Light Areas

Cat. No. 1126 Snow Falls in Pianello – 23cm x 30.5cm – Oil on Board When using oils, paint your darks using thin oil paint and your lights using thick oil paint (referred to as “impasto”). This enhances the...

Vanishing Sunset on the Mountains, Licciana Nardi, Italy 1

Vanishing Sunset on the Mountains, Licciana Nardi, Italy

In this video, I’ll share with you some footage of the landscape I was painting so that you can see how I interpreted it. Plus a few tips for working plein air. Cat. No. 1289 Vanishing Sunlight 1, Licciana Nardi Italy...

plein air painting Lerici Harbor

Lerici Harbor, Gulf of Poets

In this video, I show some of the steps and process I used to make this plein air painting. Feel free to use the images to make your own painting of this scene. I’ve put some extra footage in for you to do your...

plein air painting by Barry John Raybould

Appenine Glow, Italy

In this video, I show some of the steps and process I used to make this plein air painting. Cat. No. 1285 Appenine Glow, Italy – 30cm x 40cm – Oil on Canvas – 2019 For more information For more...

Straight to Curved Lines 6

Straight to Curved Lines

Curved shapes are important in many paintings, not only in paintings with figures in them but also if you are trying to capture the gesture of a particular tree, an archway on a bridge, or a vase. Many drawing books...

Well Done Diana for Completing the Apprentice Program 13

Well Done Diana for Completing the Apprentice Program

In this painting, Diana used all the principles she learned in Workshop P. She created this for the Summary Painting. “Glowing whites, luminescence, atmospheric perspective, rabatment of the rectangle, triadic and...

Night at Cafe Hapina, by Motti 15

Night at Cafe Hapina, by Motti

Another great cafe scene by Virtual Art Academy alumni student Motti Shoval. This painting “Night at Cafe Hapina”, was awarded an Honorable Mention award in the 2019 CMPS National Juried competition. The...

meng qing sheng

Village in China, by Meng

Here are some closeups showing the juicy brushwork in this painting: You can see a video of Meng’s technique in the Apprentice Program lesson on brushwork: N02 Tree Masses See more of Meng’s work from his...