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pochade boxes and plein air easels

Best Pochade Boxes: A 2020 Buyers Guide

Overview What is a Pochade? A pochade (from French word poche, pocket) is a type of painting sketch usually done outdoors (‘en plein air’.) Artists use a pochade to capture true outdoor colors and to capture...

Best Plein Air Easels: A 2020 Buyers Guide

Overview What is a plein air easel? A plein air easel, as opposed to a studio easel, is used for when you are painting outdoors (‘en plein air’) and need something lightweight and suitable for different...

water soluble oils

How To Choose Your Oil Colors Palette: An Advisor Tool

There are lots of possible palettes of colors you can choose when you are painting, both in oils and acrylics, so how do you choose which oil painting palette is best? Here is a tool that will help you how to choose the...

A Guide to Painting Competitions

This is a guide to the best competitions to give you a kick start in your painting career. Why Enter A Painting Competition? One of the best ways of getting you, and your work, noticed is to enter a painting competition...

oil painting colors

A Guide To The 15 Pigment GOSP Oil Painting Colors

I need a wide range of oil painting colors to get the color harmony I want in my work but it is always a problem carrying a lot of tubes of paint when you travel. This is even more of a problem when you travel by air...

Notan sketches

A Guide To Notan: The What, Why, and How

Introduction This guide is based on the 6 eBooks I originally published in 2003 on Notan. See Wikipedia: Notan: A Virtual Art Academy building block by Barry John Raybould, MA (2004/2010) Course on...