Painting Sitemap - Page 10 2016-09-26

Brushes for Painting Grass or Trees
A tip on using fan or stencil brushes as an easy way to paint realistic grass or trees.

Copyright FAQ: Copying Old Paintings in How-To Books
Find out what the copyright situation is for paintings made from the Old Masters or How-To books.

Symbols of Love - List
Add hidden meaning to your paintings by using these love symbols, which range from the common (red, the heart) to the culturally specific (jasmine.)

How to Design a Web Site for Your Art
How to create your own web site for your paintings. Page 1 of 4.

Designing a Web Site -- Getting Your Site Online
Designing a Web Site -- Adding photos to your web site, getting your web site online, and how long it's all going to take. Page 2.

Web Site Promotion and Getting into Search Engines
Once you've designed your web site, you've then got to get people to visit it! Find out more about promoting your web site and getting it listed on various search engines. Page 3.

Web Site Design Tips and Tricks
Helpful tips and tricks to help you design your web site for your paintings. Page 4.

Acrylic Paint Best for Outdoors in a Hot Climate?
What acrylic paint is best for a painting that's going to be hung outdoors in a hot climate?

Tips on How to Paint Straight or Thin Lines
Painting tips on using how to paint straight or thin lines.

Conceptual Art Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what Conceptual Art is, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Tenebrism Definition
An explanation of what is meant by the art term

Silk Painting: Is There a Medium for Acrylic Paint?
Is there a medium that you can add to acrylic paint to make it suitable for silk painting? Find out here...

Use Pre-Stretched or Bought Canvas without Extra Gesso
Find the answers in the Painting Problem Solver: If you buy a pre-stretched canvas, do you need to do anything to it or gesso it, or can you use it straight away?

Colors for a Basic Watercolor Palette
Find out what colors I would choose for a basic watercolor palette.

Get Ridges in Paint With Texture Paste
How to get texture in an acrylic painting, to get paint to stand up in ridges and sculpt into it with a knife.

Using Liquid White Wet on Wet Painting
Learn about the advantages of using liquid white for an underpainting instead of painting wet-on-wet with color that's worth the extra time.

How to Seal a Drawing Before Painting With Acrylics
Some options for drawing on a canvas before you start painting.

How Do I Mix a Maroon Color?
Get the answer to how you mix a maroon color -- or not.

Using Glycerin as an Extender With Acrylic Paints
Does glycerin work as a retarder or extender for acrylic paints, or are there issues with longevity of the paint? Find out in this Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.

Right Brain Exercises - Taking a Line for a Walk
Use this right brain exercise to stimulate your artist's right brain, by capturing the essence of a subject through quick, gestural marks or scribbling across a page.

What is an Artist Trading Card or ATC?
An explanation of what an artist trading card or ATC is, and how it's different to an ACEO.

Review of Derwent Inktense Pencils and Blocks
Thoughts on using Derwent's Inktense, which contain ink rather than the more usual watercolor, and what makes them unique. They also come in woodless block form.

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Tips and Colors for Painting Gold or Silver
What colors to use if you're wanting to include a gold or silver object in a painting.

Deciding What to Paint When You're Uninspired
A tip on how to decide what to paint when you're feeling uninspired

Painting in Oils - Tips for Beginners
How do you start to paint with oils? What art supplies do you need and what do you do with them? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.

How to Make a Simple Painting Easel
A tip on converting a stepladder into an easel or make a basic easel from scratch.

Can I Paint on Watercolor Paper With Acrylics?
Find out how you can paint on watercolor paper with acrylics and what types of materials you will need to ensure you won't run into any buckling problems.

Is Water or Medium Better for Glazing With Acrylics
Is water or medium better for glazing with acrylics? Find out in the Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 4th Ed. - Review
My review of the classic text by Betty Edwards on enhancing creativity by using the right side of your brain when drawing. The 4th edition was issued in 2012.

Printable Magnetic Paper - Expert Review
My impressions of the packet of printable magnetic paper I bought with a view to making fridge magnets of paintings.

How to Speed Up Oil Painting Drying and Setting
Is it possible to speed up the drying time of an oil painting once you've finished it? Find out in this Oil Painting FAQ.

Watercolor Painting Techniques: Wet-on-Dry and Wet-on-Wet
Understand and learn how to do the two fundamental watercolor painting techniques: wet-on-dry and wet-on-wet.

How Can You be Sure You've Chosen the Right Paint?
Want to start painting but not sure what paint to use? Here's help on deciding how to choose between the most popular types of paint used.

How to Intelligently Critique a Painting
Tips on giving constructive criticism or a critique on a painting by another artist.

How to Hold a Paint Brush: Option 2 -- Wrap Your Hand Around It
Are you holding your paint brush correctly? Have you ever thought about it? Find out more here.

How to Hold an Art Paint Brush
Have you ever given any thought to the way you hold a paint brush? Did you know that there's more than one way to hold it? Find out more here.

What Is the Purpose of Making Art?
In this article a working artist explains his thoughts on what makes something art, whether it has a purpose, and why people paint.

How to Turn Your Acrylics Into Fabric Paint
Turn your acrylic paints into fabric paints using the GAC900 acrylic medium from Golden which leaves the fabric soft.

Free Sea Stencils
Have some creative fun with my collection of free sea-related stencils, designed to be printed and cut out.

Common Problems With Acrylic Paints
Sometimes it's nothing you're doing wrong but the paint that's the issue, so I've put together a list of acrylic paint problems you might encounter.

Fine Art Printmaking Techniques, Styles and Conventions
An introduction to what traditional fine art printmaking is all about, the styles or forms it can take as well as techniques and conventions involved.

Explore Painting Styles - Various Painting Styles Guide
Find out more about various styles and types of painting, including decorative painting and art journaling, in this collection of articles, tutorials, and how-tos.

Step-by-Step Painting Demonstrations and Tutorials
A hub of all my painting step-by-step demos and tutorials, from painting the sea and landscapes to painting abstracts and still lifes.

Painting Questions Answered
If you're looking for sensible answers to your painting-related questions or tips to help you develop your artistic skills, you'll find lots here!

Free Stencils Collection: Animals and Insects
Have some creative fun with my collection of free animals and insects stencils, designed to be easy to print and cut out.

Using Modeling Paste to Apply Textures in a Painting
Tips on how to use modeling paste to create texture in a painting.

Top 7 Tips for Painting Glazes
Whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor these tips will help you create gorgeously rich colors by layering and glazing.

How to Paint Glazes in Oils or Acrylics
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.

Pastel Painting Techniques Scumbling
Scumbling is probably the pastel painting technique that gives the most vibrant result.

Techniques of the Impressionists -- What Colors are Shadows?
Learn about how the Impressionists changed the colors we use to paint shadows, rejecting plain black for shadows.

Oil Painting Glazing Techniques and Secrets
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.

How to Sign an Art Print, the Printmaking Conventions
A look at the conventions or

What are Monoprints or Monotypes?
Traditional fine art printmaking techniques: A look at what monoprints or monotypes are, and how you can make one.

Collagraphs: An Introduction to Fine Art Printmaking
A look at traditional fine art printmaking techniques, in particular collagraphs, and how you can make one. Page 4.

How to Use Watercolor Pencils and Water-Soluble Crayons
Learn how to use watercolor pencils and water-soluble crayons in this tutorial, which starts right at the beginning by explaining what they are and how they differ from normal pencils.

How to Test if a Pencil is a Watercolor or Water-Soluble Pencil
If you're in doubt whether a pencil is water soluble or not, check before you use it.

How to Use Watercolor Pencils or Water-Soluble Crayons
Information on how to use watercolor pencils or water-soluble crayons, techniques and approaches to try.

Using Watercolor Pencil on Wet Paper
Find out what happens if you use a watercolor pencil on a wet or damp sheet of paper.

How Many Layers of Watercolor Pencil Can You Use?
Is there a limit to the number of layers of watercolor pencil you can (or should) use?

How to Keep the Tip of a Water-Soluble Pencil Clean
When working wet on wet with watercolor pencils or watersoluble crayons, make a point of keeping the tips clean to ensure you colors don't get muddied.

Free Nature Stencils to Print and Cut Out
Have some fun with my collection of free nature stencils, designed to be easy to cut out and use.

How To Stretch Your Own Canvas
Stretching your own canvas is easier than you may think, and can cheaper than buying ready-made canvases, and certainly means you get just the size canvas you're after.

Best Brands of Art Pastels
Given all the choice on the market, which is the best brand of art pastels available? Here's my personal selection, with reasons why.

Best Tips for Face Painting
If you're after tips for face painting to make the experience easier and faster, here's my list of the top 10 things to do.

Step 3: Identify the Big Shapes
Step three of the seven steps painting method developed by artist Brian Simons.

Color Mixing Tip: How to Mix a Black
Learn what to use to mix a black and what type of black with this collection of tips from experienced artists and educators.

Fat Over Lean -- Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the Fat Over Lean Rule in oil painting is and why it's so important.

How to Prepare Slippery Surfaces for Decorative Painting
Tips on how to paint successfully on slippery or smooth surfaces, such as glass.

Sgraffito - Art Glossary Definition
An explanation of what the art technique sgraffito is, and how you can use it in a painting.

Tips on Getting Your Paintings into a Gallery
Advice on how to get into a gallery and exhibit your paintings from an experienced artist.

How Oil Paint Dries
While we talk about oil paint drying, it's technically not. Find out how oil paint dries not through evaporation, but oxidation.

Things to Consider Before You Buy Pastel Supplies
Tips from an experienced artist on what you should consider when buying pastels and pastel paper so your money is well spent.

Paintings - Where and How to Sell Your Art
A look at the options available to artists wanting to sell their work, with the pros and cons of each.

Varnishing Over Oil Pastels
Find out what the type of varnish to use on oil pastel that's been applied over acrylic paint.

Art Materials on a Budget
Practical tips on how to save money on materials and make your budget go further without compromising your art.

Why Talent Is Not Relevant in Art
Why artistic talent is a dirty word which wrongly makes it seem art is for a select few only.

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio -- Autobiographical Painting
A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is significant.

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio
A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is so significant in the development of modern painting. (Hint: It's to do with flattened perspective).

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio -- Wrong Perspective
A look at why Matisse's

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio
A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is significant.

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio -- Not Well Painted
A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is significant.

Famous Paintings Matisse Red Studio -- Never Like Matisse
A look at why Matisse's Red Studio painting is significant.

Migration of Watercolor Pigment to Edges
Find out how to solve the problem of watercolor pigment migrating to the edges of a painted shape.

Pouring Acrylic Paints -- Acrylic Painting Techniques Pouring Part 2
Further answers to questions on how to paint by pouring acrylics. Page 2.

Pouring Acrylic Paints - Learn How to Pour Paint
Instead of using a brush or knife to apply painting, this painting technique involves pouring it onto and cross a canvas.

Mixed Media Painting Techniques: Using Charcoal and Graphite
Learn about mixing graphite and charcoal in a mixed media painting, what to expect and how to do it successfully.

Colors Needed to Start Painting With Oils
What colors do you need when you first start painting with oils? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.

Art Glossary: Focal Point in a Painting Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a focal point in a painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Oil Paint Straight from the Tube -- Oil Painting Problem Solver
Find out if it's okay to use oil paint as it is, straight from the tube, or do you need to add anything to it.

Artist's Copyright FAQ - Doesn't Fair Use Cover Artists?
Find out whether Fair Use covers artists when it comes to copyright and using someone else's material in your own art.

How To Make Your Own Art Charcoal
If you've ever wondered how you'd go about making your own art charcoal, you'll find the answer here.

10 Fabric Painting Tips
Drawing on my fabric-painting experience, I've put together this list of tips to help make things easier for you!

Acrylic Paint Drying Time - Slowest to Fastest
Which brand of acrylic paint dries the slowest or faster in this list of drying times. You may be surprised to discover not all acrylics dry within minutes.

Chiaroscuro - Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the art term 'chiaroscuro' means, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Simply Spray Fabric and Stencil Paint Review
My review of the Simply Spray fabric and stencil paint.

Review: Genie Collapsible Big Canvas to Roll Up for Shipping
Made to roll up and go into an oversized tube, Genie Collapsible Canvas solves the problem of shipping large paintings. I share my thoughts on it in this review.

Best Art and How-To Painting Books from 2012
My choice of the very best art and how-to painting books from all those I've read during 2012.

The 10 Personality Types at Art Workshops
This is a lighthearted list of the kinds of people you'll likely encounter at an art workshop, to help you overcome the fear of going to one.

Influential Artists -- Painters Who Have Inspired My Artwork
A list of the artists whose work has influenced my own painting, and an explanation of what I've got from each of them.

How to Paint Feet on a Figure
When it comes to painting feet on a figure, there are certain things you shouldn't do! Don't make these mistakes!

Art Book Review: Closer Look Series from the National Gallery London
If you're looking for accessible but informative guides to different aspects of art, I recommend the London National Gallery's Closer Look series.

Pastel Art Supplies List
To make it easy to start painting with pastels, I've put together a shopping list of the art supplies you need.

Ideas For Fun Summer Activities for Everyone
Whether you want to start a new hobby or delve deeper into the pastime you already love, this guide to summer activities will help you get there.

Presents Ideas for Artists Other Than Art Materials
My suggestions for great presents for the artist in your life or an artist friend (excluding art materials).

The Most Tedious and Boring Art Tasks
Being creative through art is rewarding and enriching, but there are some unavoidable art tasks that are simply tedious and boring. This is a list of what I think are the worst.

How to Paint a Color Theory Triangle
Learn the basics of color theory by finding out how to paint up a color triangle using the three primary colors.

More Daily Painting Ideas from Idioms
Another collection of painting ideas inspired by idioms and sayings, enough for a whole month, to give you an idea for painting every day.

More Daily Painting Ideas from Idioms
Another collection of painting ideas inspired by idioms and sayings, enough for a whole month, to give you an idea for painting every day.

More Daily Painting Ideas from Idioms
Another collection of painting ideas inspired by idioms and sayings, enough for a whole month, to give you an idea for painting every day.

Painting Show and Tells -- It's Painting Show and Tell Time
It's time for a painting show and tell! Don't be shy, share your favorite paintings of those you've created with us!

Controlling Reflections in a Still Life Painting
Learn how to control reflections when still life painting to make things a little easier and less visually chaotic for yourself.

Start an Art Journal
A list of suggested supplies to get you started on your first art journal.

Digital Art Papers Options for Creative Fun
A look at the various types of digital art paper available, suitable for making prints of your paintings, for printing original digital art, and more.

Luxury Gift Ideas for Artists
A collection of luxury gifts for artists, for when you want to treat someone or money simply isn't an issue.

Luxury Gift Ideas for Artists
A collection of luxury gifts for artists, for when you want to treat someone or money simply isn't an issue.

How to Load a Paint Brush with a Single Color
Find out how to load (artspeak for get) a paint onto a brush without it being too little or too much.

Double-Loaded Brush -- Two Colors on a Brush
Find out how to double-loaded brush, a technique where the paint blends as you're brushing to create interesting, painterly results.

Mark Making with a Painting Knife
Exploring the different ways of mark making when painting with a knife rather than a brush. Great for expressive, painterly results.

Painting on Unstretched Canvas
What's involved in working on canvas not pulled over stretcher bars?

Review of Liquin Impasto Oil Painting Medium
My review of Liquin Impasto medium for oil painting, which is used to add texture to oil paint without extending its drying time.

Review Liquitex String Gel Acrylic Medium
Find out string gel is like to use with acrylics, and if it help you be the next Jackson Pollock, in my review of Liquitex's version of this acrylic medium.

Book Review Lee Hammond's Big Book of Acrylic Painting
My thoughts on this how-to book with has step-by-steps on still lifes, animals, people, and landscapes. Does it deliver what it promises?

Book Review 500 Portraits -- Best from BP Portrait Award and National Portrait Gallery
Get a feel for the best in contemporary portrait painting with the books from the National Portrait Gallery in London showcasing the annual BP Portrait Award exhibition.

Book Review -- How to Paint Living Portraits by Roberta Carter Clark
If you're wanting to learn to paint portraits, this is a very helpful book. There's good reason it's been reprint again and again.

Book Review Surface Treatment Workshop Mixed Media Techniques
If you're looking for info on mixed media techniques,

Book Review Drawing and Painting Horses by Eva Dutton
If you've been looking for a good book on how to paint horses, this could well be it!

Review Artist's Network TV
My view on whether a subscription to Artist's Network TV, which gives you downloadable how-to art demos, is worthwhile or not.

Book Review: Learn, Create, and Teach by Clara Lieu
My thoughts on whether this handbook aimed at students, professional artists, and teachers lives up to its promise.

Art Book Review - Zoltan Szabo's 70 Favorite Watercolor Techniques
If you're after tips that will take your landscape painting to a new level, then this one by famous watercolorist Zoltan Szabo is definitely worth a look.

Reflected Color in a Painting -- Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by reflected colour, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Elements of Art: Texture
Discover what texture adds to a painting, why it's one of the crucial elements of art, in this easy-to-understand explanation with a clear example.

Elements of Composition -- Rhythm
See what is meant by rhythm in art composition, in this analysis of the underlying structure of a painting.

Elements of Composition -- Movement
See what is meant by movement in art composition and how to achieve it in your own paintings, with a look at one by Van Gogh as an example.

A Painting is Complete in Any Stage
Working in a style so a painting is complete whatever you are in its development, don't focus on finishing it at the end.

Chromatic Brown Recipes -- Painting with a Mixed Brown
An easy-to-understand explanation of what chromatic brown is, how to mix it, and why you'd use it instead of a brown squeezed from a paint tube.

Horizontal or Vertical Composition?
Learn how to judge whether your composition wants to be a horizontal (long) or vertical (tall) format.

Elements of Composition -- Focus
See what is meant by focus in art composition, in this analysis of the underlying structure of a painting.

Color Schemes in Art
While matching someone's sofa is the stereotype, the colors people like and want do need to be considered if you want to sell your art.

Step-by-Step Painting Development -- Drought by Sharron Boxenbaum
Follow the creation of a tree painting from start to (almost) finish in this step-by-step demo, including the artist's thoughts on its development.

Step-by-Step Painting Development -- Drought by Sharron Boxenbaum
Follow the creation of a tree painting from start to (almost) finish in this step-by-step demo, including the artist's thoughts on its development. Page 2.

Step-by-Step Painting Development -- Drought by Sharron Boxenbaum
Follow the creation of a tree painting from start to (almost) finish in this step-by-step demo, including the artist's thoughts on its development. Page 3.

Step-by-Step Painting Development -- Drought by Sharron Boxenbaum
Follow the creation of a tree painting from start to (almost) finish in this step-by-step demo, including the artist's thoughts on its development. Page 4.

Decorative Painting - Highlights and Shadows
Learn what is meant by highlights and shadows in decorative painting, and how to paint these successfully.

Paint a Basic Background for a Landscape
Painting a successful background for a landscape is much easier if you do it first, before you add any of the details such as trees. Take a look at how I do it in this step-by-step demo.

How to Paint Ripples in the Ocean with a Rigger Brush
A quick and easy way to paint ripples in the ocean is to use a rigger brush, as I explain in this demo. Page 2.

How to Paint Ripples in the Ocean
An easy technique for painting realistic ripples in water, whether small or quite choppy.

Morandi Museum in Bologna Italy
The Museo Morandi in Bologna, Italy, is based in the studio of the famous 20th century still-life artist Giorgio Morandi.

Special Art Exhibitions at the Morandi Museum -- Wayne Thiebaud
See how an American Pop artist and an Italian still life painter echo one another. Page 2.

Background for a Landscape Painting
Follow an experienced artist step-by-step as she creates the background for a landscape painting using a straightforward technique. Page 2.

The Bad and the Good of Mixed Media
At its best, a mixed media painting gets the most from all the mediums. At its worst, it's ugly and pointless. This is an opinion piece expressing my thoughts on the matter.

Pencil for Mixed Media Art Techniques
A look at the techniques a simple pencil can be used for in mixed media painting.

Miniature Painting -- Art Glossary Definition
An explanation of what a miniature painting is in a fine arts context, plus tips on how to paint your own and projects to join in.

Tips on Tiny Paintings
Painting on a really tiny canvas can be fiddly; these tips will help make it easier. Page 3.

Miniatures Painting Projects
Join in our painting projects where the challenge is to work really small, on a miniature canvas or sheet of paper. Page 2.

Portraits Using Opaque Colors Painting Project Instructions
This painting project challenges you to paint a portrait with a palette of opaque colors only. Read the instructions, then join in!

Abstracting Nature Painting Project
The challenge of this painting project is to paint something that has its origins in nature but is abstracted, focusing on the essence of nature not the realistic appearance.

Leftover Art Supplies -- Using Up Paint
Don't throw away any leftover art supplies or paint, but put them to another creative use! Here are some ideas on how to use up paint.

3 Colors Painting Project Instructions
This painting project challenges you to work with a restricted palette of three specified colors only, plus white. Read the instructions, then join in!

Opaque Colors Painting Project Instructions
This painting project challenges you to work with a palette restricted to totally opaque colors only. Read the instructions, then join in!

Nature in Detail Painting Project
The challenge of this art project involves painting something directly from nature in detail, observing with your own eyes from the object, not from photographs.

Painting in the Style of Edvard Munch
A look at the artistic style of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, most famous for his

Painting Project Instructions: Underpainting and Glazing
This project is about delayed gratification, focusing first on tone and then moving to color.

Use Art Thumbnails to Get Concepts for Paintings
See how using thumbnails or small sketches can help you quickly generate concepts for paintings. Page 2.

The 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start to Finish
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation.

The 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start to Finish
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation. Page 2.

The 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start to Finish
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation. Page 3.

The 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start to Finish
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation. Page 4.

The 5 Stages in Making a Painting: From Start to Finish
Find out what it takes to make a painting, and understand the stages or steps in every painting's creation. Page 5.

Selecting Watercolors
Here are the 12 colors I have in my personal watercolor set, chosen to mix well and be vibrant. And yes, it does include my favorite blue, Prussian.

Understanding Horizon Line in Art Perspective
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the horizon line in art perspective is. Page 3.

How to Understand Perspective in Art
An easy-to-understand explanation of what perspective in art is, and how to implement it in your own paintings.

Understanding Viewpoint in Art Perspective
An easy-to-understand explanation of what perspective viewpoint in art is. Page 2.

Understanding Vanishing Lines in Art Perspective
An easy-to-understand explanation of what vanishing lines in art perspective are, and how they relate to the horizon line. Page 4.

Using a Clock to Judge the Angles of Vanishing Lines
An easy way to visualize the angle of a vanishing line is to compare it to the hands on a clock. Page 5.

One Point Perspective
An explanation, with a photo example, of what one point perspective in art is. Page 6.

Basic Perspective Rule -- Things Further Away are Smaller
When creating perspective in a painting, one fundamental rule that's easy to implement is that making something small can make it appear to be in the distance. Page 7.

How to Hold a Paint Palette
Discover how, if you hold a paint palette correctly, it's far less tiring on your arm and hand, as well as being right there when you reload a brush.

Learn How to Hold a Painting Palette
If you hold a paint palette so it's supported properly, it's less tiring to work with. Page 2.

How to Hold a Paint Palette and Brushes
Learn how to hold a paint palette and brushes in one hand. Page 3.

Abstracted Landscapes Painting Project
Join in this painting project, the challenge of which is to paint an abstraction using a landscape as the source of inspiration. Quite how close or far you push your abstract is up to you.

Graphite -- Art Glossary Definition
An explanation of what a 'graphite' is when you're talking art. Hint: it's what you typically get inside a

Symbolism -- Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the Symbolism in art is all about, as I understand it and without too much artspeak.

Magic Realism - Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by Magic Realism as a style of painting, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Mise en Page -- Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what the term

Tooth on Paper -- Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by the tooth of a paper, from the About.com Art Glossary.

Rigger Brush Tips
Learn how to get the most from a rigger brush, such as consistent fine lines, with these tips from an experienced artist.

Art Quotes from Wassily Kandinsky
A collection of inspirational quotes from the famous abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.

Art Quotes by Giorgio Morandi
A selection of interesting quotes from the famous Italian still life artist Giorgio Morandi.

What You Need for an Exhibition Besides Paintings
While your paintings are obviously the most important part of an exhibition, there are lots of other things you'll need that you may not have thought about.

Quotes from Art Critic Robert Hughes
A collection of inspirational quotes from the renowned art critic.

How to Fix a Pastel Painting Using Spray Fixative
Find out which is the best way to fix pastel to ensure the longevity of your painting, that the pastel stays on the paper.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is Fiction not Fact
A list to remind you that The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a work of fiction, not a reference book.

Mastering Tonality in a Painting
Find out what tonality is and just why it’s so important in a painting.

What Ground Color to Use for Painting Snow
Find out what the best colors are when starting a snow painting on a colored ground.

Signing a Copy of a Painting -- Artist's Copyright FAQ
Should you sign a painting that's a copy of someone else's? Find the answer in this Artist's Copyright FAQ.

Copyright on a Painting -- Who Owns It
Find out who owns the copyright on a painting, the buyer or the artist, in this Artist's Copyright FAQ

Who is the Artist Who Signed This Painting?
How do you find out who the signature on a painting you have belongs to? Here are my thoughts.

What are Art Competition Jurors Looking For?
Tips on how to you get your paintings into juried art competitions and how to work out what the jurors are looking for in entries.

Canvas on a Roll for Painting
You've bought a whole roll of blank canvas, now find out how to get pieces to the size suitable for painting.

What Art Canvas Should I Use?
If you're new to painting on canvas, here you'll find tips on what to choose and what's best to use.

When Ultramarine Was the Most Expensive Pigment
Learn about how genuine ultramarine wascharacteristic color in Medieval paintings, and was once the most expensive pigment available.

Monochrome Painting Project
The aim of the Monochrome Painting Project was to discover just how much you can do with only one color (plus white).

Monochrome Painting Project
The aim of the Monochrome Painting Project was to discover just how much you can do with only one color (plus white).

Monochrome Painting Project
The aim of the Monochrome Painting Project was to discover just how much you can do with only one color (plus white).

Safety Tips for Using Art Materials
Most of the safety issues with art materials ought to be common sense, really, but here are some safety tips to keep in mind when painting.

John Everett Millais Paintings Exhibition at the Tate Britain in London
A few highlights of the paintings on display at the Millais exhibition at the Tate Britain in London.

Whistler Painting Project Instructions
This painting project is to create a painting in the style of Whistler's Nocturne paintings, with a limited tonal range and soft detail. Here are the instructions.

Famous Paintings Famous Artists -- Famous Chuck Close Portrait Painting
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists to inspire you and to help you expand your art knowledge, such as this one by Chuck Close. Page 39.

Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Famous Paintings by Famous Artists
A gallery of famous paintings by famous artists (and some not quite so famous) to inspire you and to help you expand your painting knowledge.

Fur Map for Painting Cats
Tips and techniques to help you painting cats, including using a fur map to help paint realistic fur. Page 2.

Painting Cats -- Tips and Techniques
Tips and techniques to help you painting cats, including getting the whiskers right and using a fur map.

Famous Artist Antony Gormley
About the famous artist Antony Gormley, creator of the Angel of the North in England. Page 49.

Collage and Copyright
An overview of the copyright issues when it comes to collage artwork, from the Artist's Copyright FAQ.

Painting Trivia Question of the Day ]
The page for finding out if your choice of answer for the Painting Trivia Question of the Day was right or wrong.

Painting Critique Checklist
A checklist of things to consider and assess when looking critically a painting, whether it's by someone else or your own.

Who Were The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood?
Find out who the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were, when they worked, and what they painted.

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood -- Why Was Their Art Controversial
Why Was the Art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Controversial? Page 2.

Free Email Painting Courses
Sign up for any or all of these free email painting courses from your About.com Painting Guide.

Framing a Painting -- What to Expect From a Framer
Find out what you can expect when you take a painting to a professional for framing.

Why Artists Paint Self-Portraits
Find out any artist interested in portraiture should to paint at least one self portrait. Don't think being a beginner means you shouldn't!

Tips from Painters on Overcoming a Creative Block
If you're suffering from a creative or artistic block, then these tips from practicing artists will help.

More Tips on Overcoming Artist's Block
Get help with your creative block with these tips from artists who've faced the same problem. Page 2.

How to Keep a Painting Creativity Journal
Protect your ideas by putting them into a creativity journal! Find out what form it should take, and what you to put in it.

Wax Resist Painting -- Where Water and Oil Don't Mix
Wax resist is a painting technique that makes the most of the fact that oil and water don't mix when painting

The Artist and Dyslexia
For an artist, having dyslexia can in fact be a creative advantage.

How to Stencil a Floor and Use Floor Stencils
Learn how to use floor stencils to decorate a room quickly and easily.

Techniques and Palettes of the Pre-Raphaelites painters
A look at the colors the Pre-Raphaelites used in their paintings, and a list of the modern-day equivalents so you can follow their techniques.

Op Art -- How to Create a Simple Op Art Painting
Instructions on how to create a simple Op Art painting using a geometric grid to give the illusion of movement.

Art Journaling or Scrapbooking
Exactly what is the the difference between art journaling and scrapbooking? Is there a definite distinction? Here's what I think...

Painting Trees and Painting from Photos
Artist and art tutor Jerry Fresia expresses his thoughts on painting from photos (don't!), and how first-hand observation is crucial to painting trees and branches successfully.

Lucian Freud Paints Queen Elizabeth II
My thoughts on whether Lucian Freud's intense, penetrating style of painting was suitable for a portrait of the British monarch.

Free Thanksgiving Stencils to Print and Cut Out
A collection of free printable Thanksgiving stencils to decorate your home for the festivities.

Judging a Juried Art Show
Find out what it's like to participate in a juried art show from a juror's point of view.

The Ten Commandments of Art Pricing
If you want to start selling your art aren't sure about how to price your artwork, here are 10 commandments to follow.

Fabric Stamping as an Alternative to Fabric Painting
Fabric stamping or fabric printing is a quick and easy way to get fabulous results when decorating or painting material or garments.

Painting and Art Trivia Quizzes
Test your knowledge of art and painting techniques with these fun trivia quizzes.

Annual BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London
A look at the prestigious BP Portrait Award painting competition held annually at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and how to enter.

Should You Quit Your Job and Go to Art School?
Find out whether it's worthwhile attending art school or not. Will you benefit from attending art school full time, or can you learn just as much by yourself and through short courses?

Lemon Yellow Paint Pigments
A profile of lemon yellow (also known as Hansa or arylide yellow) paint pigment, including its characteristics and components.

Naphthol Red PR170 Paint Pigment
A profile of naphthol red paint pigment, including its characteristics and components.

Unbleached or Buff Titanium PW6 Paint Pigments
A profile of titanium buff or unbleached titanium, including its characteristics and components.

Titanium White PW6 Paint Pigments -- Art Glossary Definition
A look at the characteristics of titanium white paint pigment, and why it's the most commonly used option for white in art today.

Why Not to Paint a Photo
If you're turning a single photo into a painting you're cheating yourself. Doing more with your reference photos is how you'll make better art.

Tips on Painting from Reference Photographs
If you're finding the paintings you're making from reference photographs aren't working, it may be because you're not taking enough photographs.

Burnt Sienna PBr7 Paint Pigments
A profile of burnt sienna paint pigment, including its characteristics and components.

Phthalo Blue BP15 BP16 Paint Pigments
A profile of phthalo blue paint pigment, including its characteristics and components.

Paint Pigments Cadmium Red PR108
A profile of cadmium red paint pigment, including its characteristics and components.

Art Quotes from Edvard Munch
A collection of interesting quotes from the Expressionist artist Edvard Munch.

Famous Artist Quotes Henri Matisse
My selection of inspirational quotes from the French artist Henri Matisse about painting, the creative process, and making art.

Interesting Quotes on Art and Painting
A collection of art quotes from painters and art critics that I've found intriguing, inspirational, and helpful.

Art Quotes on Talent and Creativity
A collection of quotes on both art talent and creativity (or the lack thereof) to inspire and motivate you.

Art Quotes from Paul Cezanne
A collection of quotes from the artist considered the father of modern art, Paul Cezanne.

How to Paint Abstract Art Without a Road Map
If you want to create abstract art by 'going with the flow' when you're painting, you're effectively painting without a road map.

An Acrylic Artist Reveals His Glazing Secrets
Artist Brian Rice explains his success with painting glazes using acrylics.

Art Quotes on Dealing with Criticism
A collection of quotes from artists on dealing with criticism that will help you deal with comments about your own art.

Palettes of the Masters Gauguin
A look at the colors the Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin used in his palette, and how the ground he painted on influenced the final look of his paintings.

How to Make Your Own Pastels
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When is a Painting Finished?
Tips and advice on how to decide when a painting is finished, or whether you should keep working on it.

Canvas Lighting and How Light Falls on Your Canvas
How to light your canvas when painting indoors and out-of-doors.

The Light on Your Canvas: Artificial Light
The type of light that an artificial light emits will be the same color or temperature it amplifies or draws out in a painting. Page 2.

Painting Photorealism -- What's the Point?
An opinion piece on whether there's any point in painting something in a photorealistic style, why not just take a photograph instead?

10 Worst Painting Critiques
It can be tough knowing what to say when a friend asks you what you think about their latest painting, but there are some things you should never say in a painting critique!

5 Ways to Destroy Your Artistic Creativity
While it's normal to have ups and down in your creativity, there are definitely ways to destroy it, so stop doing these things already!

7 Tips to Improve Your Painting While at Work
Struggling with a day job to pay the bills when you wish you were in your studio painting? These tips will help you stimulate the creative side of your brain while working (without having a negative impact on your productivity and upsetting your boss).

Painting on Colored Grounds
A look at painting on colored grounds rather than white, why you might do this and what the options are for ground colors.

7 Deadly Sins of Painting and Creativity
Are you your worst creative enemy? Check this list of things we do that undermine our development as artists to find out.

5 Ways to Develop as an Artist
Forget about focusing on exhibitions and juried competition, get back to the spirit of painters in Paris and you'll truly develop as an artist.

10 Ways to Create Art Even If You've No Artistic Talent
A tongue-in-cheek look at things you can do to create art even if you are sure you haven't an inch of artistic talent in you.

Painting with Acrylics on Raw or Unprimed Canvas
An expert addresses the issue of painting with acrylics on raw or unprimed canvas, whether it might cause problems later on, such as the canvas rotting.

Applying Inktense to Fabric
A step-by-step fabric painting demo of a tree using Inktense watersoluble ink pencils and fabric painting medium. Page 2.

Inktense on Fabric Demo -- Painting the Tree
A step-by-step fabric painting demo of a tree using Inktense watersoluble ink pencils and fabric painting medium. Page 3.

Inktense on Fabric Demo -- Painting the Background
A step-by-step fabric painting demo of a tree using Inktense watersoluble ink pencils and fabric painting medium. Page 4.

Inktense on Fabric Demo -- Finishing the Tree Fabric Painting
A step-by-step fabric painting demo of a tree using Inktense watersoluble ink pencils and fabric painting medium. Page 5.

Fabric Painting Demo Using Inktense Watersoluble Ink Pencils
A step-by-step fabric painting demo of a tree using Inktense watersoluble ink pencils and fabric painting medium.

Resonating Colors by Glazing a Color-Field Painting
A step-by-step explanation of how to create a color-field painting. Page 5.

Don't Create a Bad Color-Field Painting!
It's very easy to slap out a bad color-field painting, as you'll discover when you try. Page 6.

How to Paint a Color-Field Painting like Rothko
A step-by-step explanation of how to create a painting where the color fills the viewer's senses and is the subject or focus of the painting.

Color-Field Painting -- Selecting Colors
Tips on selecting suitable colors for a color-field painting. Page 2.

Applying the Paint for a Color-Field Artwork
A step-by-step explanation of how to create a color-field painting. Page 3.

Plan a Color-Field Painting Composition
A step-by-step explanation of how to create a color-field painting. Page 4.

Sfumato Painting Technique -- Art Glossary
An easy-to0understand explanation of what the painting technique sfumato involves.

Retouch Varnish - Art Glossary Definition
An easy-to-understand explanation of what retouch varnish is and why/when you'd use it on an oil painting.

What Happens if You Varnish an Oil Painting Too Early
What may happen if you get impatient waiting for an oil painting to definitely dry and varnish it early.

Tips and Techniques on Fan Brush Painting
Learn how to use a fan brush in your painting, tips and techniques to get the most from a fan-shaped brush.

Wet on Wet Fan Brush Painting -- Tips on Painting Wet on Wet with a Fan Brush
Tips on how to paint wet on wet with a fan brush. Page 4.

Brainstorm Art Ideas using a Mindmap
See how creating a mindmap, or visual diagram of your thoughts, can help you brainstorm whole bunch of art ideas and subjects you could paint.

Tiny Painting Step-by-Step Demo -- Urban Abstraction
A step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a tiny painting featuring an urban abstraction.

Miniature Painting Urban Abstraction Demo
A step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a miniature painting featuring an urban abstraction. Page 2.

Blocking in for a Miniature Abstract Painting
Blocking in the main shapes in this step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a miniature abstract painting inspired by skyscrapers. Page 3.

Miniature Painting Urban Abstraction Demo
A step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a miniature painting featuring an urban abstraction. Page 4.

Demo of a Miniature Urban Abstract Painting
Adding in some 'sky color' in this step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a miniature painting of an urban abstraction. Page 5.

Final Miniature Urban Abstraction Painting
The final, finished painting in this step-by-step painting demo showing the creating of a miniature painting featuring an urban abstraction. Page 6.

How to Create a Realistic Painting of an Apple
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple.

Paint an Apple not a Circle
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple. Page 2.

Painting Background for an Apple
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple, including selecting a suitable background color. Page 3.

Painting an Apple Foreground and Background
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple, including the background and foreground. Page 4.

Knife Painting of an Apple
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple. Page 5.

Painting an Apple -- Final Three Apple Paintings
A step-by-step demonstration of how to paint a realistic apple. Page 6.

How to Use a Stencil Brush
Using a stencil brush makes stenciling easier. The right tool for the job and all that. These step-by-step instructions explain exactly how to use one.

How to Load Paint onto a Stencil Brush
Using less paint on a brush rather more will give you better results when stenciling. Find out more in this step-by-step tutorial on using a specialist stencil brush. Page 2.

How to Use a Stencil Brush Step 3
Find out what the best way is to apply the paint when using a stencil brush in this step-by-step tutorial. Page 3.

How a Camera Lucida Works and How Artists Can Use It
A camera lucida is an optical device that allows you to see what you wanted to paint or draw as if reflected on your piece of paper.

How a Camera Lucida Works
An easy-to-understand explanation of how a camera lucida works. Page 2.

How to Use a Camera Lucida
An easy-to-understand explanation of how to use a camera lucida, an optical device designed to help artists. Page 3.

What Kind of Results to Expect from Using a Camera Lucida
Find out what kind of results using a camera lucida will give you. Is it a trick or a simple solution to quick perspective and proportions? Page 4.

David Hockney Theory About the Old Masters Using a Camera Lucida
A look at the upset David Hockney created with his theory that some famed Old Masters used a camera lucida in their paintings. Page 5.

Free Halloween Stencils
A collection of free printable stencils to Halloween. Simple print, cut out (there's a link to instructions if you're unsure) and you're ready for some seasonal fun!

Easy Clown Face Painting Design
Learn how easy it is to face paint a clown design with this step-by-step demo, which breaks it down into really simple stages to follow.

Face Painting Designs -- Easy Clown with Big Smile
See how easy it is to face paint a clown design with this step-by-step demo. Page 2.

Add Prominent Eyebrows to the Clown Face Painting Design
Step-by-step with photos showing how to create an easy clown face with face paints. In this step, it's adding some prominent eyebrows. Page 3.

Face Painting Designs -- Add Happy Clown Eyes
It's time to create some clown eyes in this step-by-step with photos showing how to create an easy clown face with face paints. Page 4.

Face Painting Designs -- Clown Finishing Touch
Time to add the finishing touches in this step-by-step with photos showing how to create an easy clown face with face paints. Page 5.

Altering a Reference Photo for a Painting
If you have a reference photo that might make a nice painting with a few changes, using a photo editing program is an easy way to get an idea of what the final painting would look like.

Using Photo Editing Software on an Artist's Reference Photo
If you have a reference photo that might make a nice painting with a few changes, using a photo editing program is an easy way to get an idea of what the final painting would look like. Page 2.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 5.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 6.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 8.

How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card (With a Secret Message)
This is a quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message to your beloved. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 3.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 7.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Page 9.

Paint a Valentine's Day Card -- How to Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Full instructions are given in this step-by-step painting demo. Page 4.

Stencil for a Valentine's Day Card -- Paint a Quick Valentine's Day Card with a Stencil
A quick and easy way to paint a Valentine's Day card with a secret message. Page 2.

How to Paint Realistic Water Drops
Transparent water drops are very appealing things to paint and not as hard to paint as you might have thought, as this tutorial shows.

What Color to Paint Water Drops
Learn how to paint water drops, including what colors to use, in my step-by-step tutorial. Page 2.

How to Set Up a Flower Still Life for Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting.

Decide on a Viewpoint for Your Flower Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting. Page 2.

Decide on Light Direction in Your Flower Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting. Page 3.

Select a Background Color for Your Flower Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting. Page 4.

Decide on a Shape or Format for Your Flower Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting. Page 5.

Negative Space in a Flower Painting
Tips on how to set up a flower still life for a painting. Page 6.

Understanding Light Direction in Landscape Painting
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. So what are your options?

Light Direction in Landscape Painting Side or Low Lighting
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. One option is for side lighting. Page 2.

Back Lighting in Landscape Painting
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. One option is for back lighting. Page 3.

Top Lighting in Landscape Painting
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. One option is for top lighting. Page 4.

Front Lighting in Landscape Painting
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. One option is for front lighting. Page 5.

Landscape Painting -- Diffused or Overcast Light Source
One of the most crucial aspects for getting a landscape painting to look authentic is to have the direction of the light right. One option is for diffused lighting. Page 6.

Color Theory Mixing Green Direct on the Canvas
An illustrated step-by-step tutorial of how to mix green straight onto a canvas, right in the painting itself, rather than on a palette.

Color Theory Mixing in Yellow for a Green
An illustrated step-by-step tutorial of how to mix green on a canvas, rather than on a palette. Page 2.

How to Mix Green on the Canvas
An illustrated step-by-step tutorial of how to mix green on a canvas, rather than on a palette. Page 3.

Color Theory Mixing Green
An illustrated step-by-step tutorial of how to mix green on a canvas, rather than on a palette. Page 4.

How to Cut Panels from Hardboard for Painting
A useful explanation on how to cut a variety of size painting panels from a large sheet of hardboard. It's a real money-saving painting tip!

Hardboard Painting Panels from One Big Sheet
See how easy it is to cut a range of painting panels from a large sheet of hardboard. Page 2.

Figure Painting -- Body and Face Proportions
While no-one's built exactly the same, there are certain standard proportions that help when painting figures and portraits.

Face Proportions in Figure Painting
While no-one's built exactly the same, there are certain standard proportions that help when painting figures and portraits. Page 2.

How to Paint Small Figures from Reference Photos
Learn how to paint small figures using reference photos of people as a starting point, and ultimately from your imagination.

Art Supplies for Painting People
A list of the art supplies I use when painting people from life. Page 6.

Painting People -- Tips on Working from Observation and Memory
In this tutorial I explain how you can learn how to paint people from observation, and from memory, rather than relying on photographs.

How to Start Painting People
Find out what I believe to be the very first step in learning to paint people. Page 2.

Adding Color to Your Figure Paintings
Once you start feeling like you're getting the essentials of a figure down, it's time to add color. Page 3.

Using Tone When Painting People
Learn how to use tone to define shapes when painting from observation. Page 4.

Painting People Without Sketching First
In this tutorial I explain how you can learn to paint people directly, without sketching first and without relying on photographs. Page 5.

How to Use Sgraffito to Paint Hair
Have you ever considered using the technique known as sgraffito for painting hair? It's easy to do and can be very effective. Page 4.

How to Set Up a Still Life for Painting
Setting up a still life for painting isn't a matter of throwing few objects onto a table top and then starting. For a successful still life, you want to put some thought into the choices available to you.

Still Life Painting
Tips on how to set up a still life to make an interesting subject for a painting. Page 2.

Shadows in a Still Life Painting
Don't forget to consider the shadows when setting up a still life for painting. Page 3.

Perspective in Still Life Painting
Don't forget to consider the perspective when setting up a still life for painting. Page 4.

5 Ways to Ruin an Art Paint Brush
If you look after it well, a paint brush can last a long time, but it's very easy to ruin it too. Don't do these things!

Soak an Art Paint Brush and You'll Damage It
A paint brush doesn't like sitting for a soak in water or solvent. It's one of the ways to ruin it. Page 2.

Scrubbing Destroys a Art Paint Brush
It's a brush for painting fine art not a scrubbing brush, so don't use it like one! Page 3.

How to Ruin the Bristles or Hairs on an Art Paint Brush
If you look after it well, a paint brush can last ages, but it's very easy to ruin the hairs on it if you're careless. Page 4.

Reshape a Art Paint Brush
If you don't reshape a brush after washing it, you're going to ruin it. Page 5.

Still Life Painting -- Make a Stage Using a Box
How to use a large box to make a stage for your still life set up to increase your control over the light and reduce visual clutter.

How to Understand the Label on a Tube of Paint
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means.

Opacity and Transparency Label Info on a Paint Tube
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means, and whether it shows how opaque or transparent a pigment is. Page 2.

Pigment Color Index Names Information on Paint Tube Labels
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means, such as the pigment color index name. Page 3.

How to Understand the Health Warnings on Paint Tube Labels
Find out what the 'small print' on a paint tube label means, and why some tubes have health warnings. Page 4.

Lightfastness Information on a Paint Tube Label
What the lightfastness rating information on a paint tube label tells us. Page 5.

Painting Basic Shapes -- How to Paint a Sphere
The sphere is one of the basic shapes that creates the illusion of reality in a painting. Find out how to paint a sphere, not just a flat circle.

What is Painting by Numbers?
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners.

What is in a Painting by Numbers Kit
What you can expect to find in a Painting by Numbers kit. Page 2.

How to Paint by the Numbers
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners. Page 3.

Tips for Successful Painting by Numbers
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners. Page 4.

Painting Double Numbers or Mixed Colors
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners. Page 5.

Keeping Colors Clean when Painting by Numbers
A look at what Painting by Numbers involves, and why I think it's a helpful technique for beginners. Page 6.

How to Deal with Harsh Art Criticism
Tips on how to deal with a harsh, unwelcome or unrequested art critique, how to keep your artistic vision and not be devastated by a critique.

Dealing with Criticism: Tony's Day of the Dead Painting 2
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 10.

Dealing with Art Criticism by Remembering Van Gogh's Situation
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 2.

Art Criticism Subject Matter Choice
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 3.

Deal with Criticism by Painting to Express Yourself
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 4.

Dealing with Criticism: A Fertile Imagination is a Boon to an Artist
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 5.

Dealing with Criticism: The Importance of Keeping Your Own Voice
Tips on how to deal with unwelcome and unrequested criticism. Page 6.