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Have you ever kept re-working a landscape but still couldn’t get it to read correctly? I have, and I know how frustrating that is! Generally, this happens because the underlying values are not correct.
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a value study, and explain why 4 values work so well in landscape painting.
You will learn how spending a few minutes creating a study before you begin painting can save you hours of headache later trying to ‘fix’ a half finished piece!
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Stephanie Hartshorn shares how she prepares the painting surface that gives her artwork such a distinctive look.
Stephanie’s finished paintings frequently have spots where the unpainted surface shows through. She loves to reveal the natural grain of the wood to her viewers, connecting them more closely to her artistic process.
In this free tip, Stephanie lists the materials she uses and demonstrates her process step-by-step.
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Lorenzo Chavez shares some of his favorite art books of past and current masters, revealing the artists whose work has been such a powerful source of inspiration for him over the years.
This is a thought-provoking and fascinating conversation to listen to, motivating us all to consider what inspires us as artists.
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A wonderful discussion by Heather Arenas on female role models in her life and her love of painting the human form.
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Painting miniatures is fun!
Working on such a small scale is a wonderful opportunity to use rich, buttery brush strokes to capture the gesture of your subject.
Kelli teaches how to block in and capture the essence of a still life setup on a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" canvas.
Using just one brush from blank canvas to finished piece, Kelli demonstrates painting her favorite 'Sunflower' composition.
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Limiting your sketching time is a great way to improve your drawing skills!
Using the natural drawing method, Heather shows how to capture the gesture of her model in a series of 1 minute sketches.
She moves on to 3 minute poses which allow her to also establish a value pattern. Finally, she sets the timer for 5 minutes, giving herself an opportunity to build on the gesture and value pattern and add color notes for the model's skin tones.
Creating loose, dynamic and powerful sketches of her model, Heather demonstrates how these exercises will rapidly improve your ability to draw an accurate and realistic figure.
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Taking the time to plan a strong composition is an essential component of a successful painting. In this lesson, Heather Arenas discusses the thought process that she goes through before even picking up a brush.
Heather considers several potential compositions for her reference photo. By introducing the concept of a notan sketch, she demonstrates how she evaluates her final design to ensure it contains a harmonious distribution of lights and darks.
Regardless of your medium or style, this is a stage that all artists should incorporate into their painting process.
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Trying out different surfaces helps with your brushwork and understanding of paint as well as mediums. Some surfaces give you one shot at getting the paint on correctly. Some require scumbling. Some require preparation and some come out of the package ready to go.
I encourage experimentation and not accepting what someone has said as the only way to get from point A to point B. I am sharing some examples of painting surfaces here with a bit of my experience with them. Yours may be completely different but you’ll never know unless you try it!
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Joe Anna Arnett teaches her students how to paint the vaulted sky, so that you will never need to rely on color formulas again!
She explains how to see the natural dome of the sky through the eyes of an artist.
This knowledge allows you to truly capture the scene with your paints - creating a unique, believable and beautiful sky every time.
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Lorenzo Chavez teaches us the color mixing skills that will allow us to master our paint pigments and more accurately capture the scene we observe.
When we look at a paint color from a tube, we are seeing a combination of certain properties including hue, temperature, value and chroma.
In his lecture, Lorenzo explains how each of these properties influence his choice of pigment for a painting. He explains how to use this knowledge to control the intensity of your color mixtures.
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