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Claude Monet, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882. Oil on canvas

Claude Monet – The Truth of Nature

The Denver Art Museum will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus...

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Well Done Sheila

Sheila donated four 6 x 6 inch “tiles” to an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association. They sold three and this one was selected to be framed and put into their silent auction.

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Oil vs Acrylic Paint: A 2019 Beginner’s Guide

Oils vs Acrylic Paint: How to Choose? the Gamut Optimized Single Pigment Palette of oil colors The big question when you start to paint is oil vs acrylic paint. Which is the best for beginners. The answer might surprise...

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The Fountain, Chianciano

Cat. No. 1259 The Fountain Chianciano Terme, Italy – 30cm x 23cm – Oil on Board Here are the two phases of starting this painting. I used transparent red oxide for the background wash, and raw umber and blue...

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Panicale Morning, Lunigiana

Cat. No. 1260 Panicale Morning, Lunigiana, Italy – 14in x 11in – Oil on Board The view from my terrace in the morning in the fall. There is a river, the Magra, running in the valley ahead, and in the colder...

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Block Studies

Learning color is one of the basic skills an artist needs and is often one that is the most neglected. Many beginners use either too much garish color, or go too far the other way and do not use enough color in their...

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John Singer Sargent at The Morgan Library, New York

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal...

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How To Paint Water So It Doesn’t Look Like A Wall

When you are painting a body of water there is one thing that most beginners miss. The end result is a lake or ocean that just doesn’t look right. It looks more like a vertical wall than a flat body of water. The...