Virtual Art Academy

New Resource- Plein Air Easels

I’ve been working on a new resource for plein air painters: a new Guide to Pochade Boxes and Plein Air Easels. I don’t know if you are like me, but I buy far more art equipment than I ever use. A big reason...

Make Your Paintings Sing: Add Near Music

Portrait of Moerai Matuanui,by Kehinde Wiley In workshops F,G, and H in the Virtual Art Academy Apprentice Program we go into some detail on how to create Near Music in your painting. This is an approach to using...

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...

Plein air painting in Morocco: Telouet Sunset 2

Episode 10: Atlas Mountains – Telhouet Sunset Part 1

One evening on my recent trip to Morocco, I headed out of the village in the Atlas mountains where I was staying in the direction of the Sahara Desert. I came across this incredible landscape. It was a kaleidoscope of...

plein air painting Lerici Harbor

Episode 2: Lerici Harbor, Gulf of Poets

Update: Thank you to everyone who voted for my painting in the January 2020 BoldBrush Painting Competition, to make it one of the FAV15% winners. In this video, I show some of the steps and process I used to make this...

Episode 4: Marrakesh Mosque

Here’s a video showing me painting in the street. And yes, that’s a pizza box I’m using! This is the cheapest and by far the lightest pochade box on the market! Cat. No. 1316 Marrakesh Mosque –...