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Cat. No. 1319 Arset el Mellak, Marrakesh detail

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 3: Marrakesh Taxi Rank

One of the most important steps in the painting process is finding the big shapes and then simplifying them. See me doing this at 1:04 in this video. Cat. No. 1317 Marrakesh Taxi Rank – Oil on Linen – 2020...

Episode 3: Vanishing Sunset

In this video, I’ll share with you some footage of the landscape I was painting so that you can see how I interpreted it. Plus a few tips for working plein air. Cat. No. 1289 Vanishing Sunlight 1, Licciana Nardi Italy...

Well Done Diana for Completing the Apprentice Program

In this painting, Diana used all the principles she learned in Workshop P. She created this for the Summary Painting. “Glowing whites, luminescence, atmospheric perspective, rabatment of the rectangle, triadic and...

Village in China, by Meng, oils

Here are some closeups showing the juicy brushwork in this painting: You can see a video of Meng’s technique in the Apprentice Program lesson on brushwork: N02 Tree Masses See more of Meng’s work from his...

Claude Monet, Path in the Wheat Fields at Pourville, 1882. Oil on canvas

Critiquing Art: Claude Monet, The Truth of Nature

The Denver Art Museum will be home to the most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades. The exhibition will feature more than 120 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and will focus...

Basic Watercolor Technique: Using Masking Fluid

Table of Contents What can you do with masking fluid?Tips What can you do with masking fluid? Masking fluid is a rubber cement that you can use to mask out areas of your paper in order to preserve the underlying color...