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A Guide To The Best Pochade Boxes: A 2020

Table of Contents OverviewWhat is a Pochade?What is the best Pochade BoxPochade box reviewsWhy I wrote this guide?About Pochade BoxesStorage spaceCamera mountTypes of pochade boxesConstructionWhat are your choices for...

The Best Nine Oil Paints for Beginners

If you are a beginner just starting out, one of the first questions you have is which colors to use? Here is a brief guide to some of the things to think about if you are just starting out. It applies equally well to...

Critiquing Art: Frank Carmichael, Autumn Hillside

Autumn Hillside, oil on canvas Franklin Carmichael (1890 – 1945) was a Canadian artist. He was the youngest original member of the Group of Seven, a group of painters I like very much. He studied at the Ontario...

Bouquet, by Chantal

In “Bouquet” Chantal incorporated the principles of Workshop H for her summary painting: contrast of brushworkcontrast of shaperight anglestie togethercomplementary or balanced color harmony “I cannot...

The Secret To Painting Luminous Shadows

Table of Contents The problem of dead shadowsHow to create luminous shadows The problem of dead shadows One of the common problems beginners have is to paint shadows so they look ‘dead’. If you look at these...

Episode 7: Marrakesh, Jemaa El-Fna

To paint loosely but still convey a feeling for your subject means you have to say a lot with just a few brushstrokes. Read this post for some tips on how to do this. Important Note: This video is raw unedited video...