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water soluble oils

Oil vs Acrylic Paint: A 2020 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...

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 1

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...

Plein Air Easels: A 2020 Buyers Guide 3

Plein Air Easels: A 2020 Buyers Guide

Plein air easel reviews If you own a plein air easel, review it here and tell us what you like and don’t like. If you own a pochade box, review it here. Important: The reviews on this website are independent of...

William Ritschel painting

A Guide To Critiquing Master Paintings

Why critique master paintings? The best way to learn how to become a good painter is to understand how a master painting is constructed.  Until you understand how a master painting works, and why it works, you will...

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...

pochade boxes and plein air easels

Pochade Boxes: A 2020 Buyers Guide

Pochade box reviews If you own a pochade box, review it here and tell us what you like and don’t like. If you own a plein air easel, review it here. Important: The reviews on this website are independent of any...