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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...

Congratulations Jane!

“Way back in February, when nobody thought twice about crowded places, I entered the one-day Florida State Fair plein air painting competition. I was thrilled to learn I won First Place! Barry’s painting...

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...

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...

Well Done Sheila

Sheila donated four 6 x 6 inch “tiles” to an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association. They sold three and this one was selected to be framed and put into their silent auction.

Basic Watercolor Techniques

Many students who are new to painting think that they should begin with watercolor paints for either ease of use, that fact that you don’t need many materials and supplies to get started, or because they...

John Singer Sargent at The Morgan Library, New York

John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal...