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A Guide to Plein Air Painting: 16 Tips For Success

What is Plein Air Painting? – A Definition Plein air painting is the act of painting outdoors from nature. This is in contrast to painting inside in the studio. It is the best way for an artist to learn to see the...

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A Guide To The Best Pochade Boxes: A 2020

Overview See All Pochade Box Reviews, and add your own. 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...

A Guide To The Best Plein Air Easels: 2020

Overview See All Plein Air Easel Reviews, and add your own. 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...

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A Guide To 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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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...

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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...