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  • Art Glossary: Sgraffito Created: Saturday, January 28, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    An explanation of what the art technique sgraffito is, and how you can use it in a painting.
  • The 4th Edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards Created: Saturday, June 07, 2003 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    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.
  • 9 Tips on Getting Your Paintings into a Gallery Created: Friday, April 11, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Advice on how to get into a gallery and exhibit your paintings from an experienced artist.
  • How to Choose a Watercolor Paper Created: Saturday, December 29, 2001 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Learn the differences between the basic types of watercolor paper, and what is best suited to which watercolor painting techniques.
  • Best Sketchbook for Painting Created: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    This is my selection of my favorite types of painting sketchbook, and tips on how to select one that will be best for you and your painting.
  • Best Art Materials Shops in London Created: Monday, February 04, 2008 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    If you're looking for art materials or art supplies in London, you've got quite a few choices of shops. This is a list of my favorites.
  • Printing Cards from Your Art Created: Saturday, December 10, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Find out how to get greetings cards or postcards printed from your paintings and artwork.
  • What Happens When Oil Paint Dries? Created: Friday, May 28, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    While we talk about oil paint drying, it's technically not. Find out how oil paint dries not through evaporation, but oxidation.
  • Is Water or Medium Better for Glazing with Acrylics? Created: Friday, January 16, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Is water or medium better for glazing with acrylics? Find out in the Acrylic Painting Problem Solver.
  • Painting Cast and Form Shadows Created: Saturday, February 28, 2004 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Understanding the differences between the two different types of shadows that occur is crucial in painting realism." itemprop="description">> Thursday, February 17, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    How to approach an art gallery with your paintings: tips for artists wanting to get an art gallery to represent them and sell their paintings." itemprop="description" Saturday, September 09, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    A humorous look at the things you may do that indicate you're an artist." itemprop="description"> Sunday, November 20, 2005 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    A look at the colors the Old Master artist Rembrandt has on his palette, and the painting techniques he used." itemprop="description">> Saturday, January 07, 2006 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    An easy-to-understand explanation of what Conceptual Art is, from the About.com Art Glossary.
  • Art Glossary: Mod Podge Created: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    An explanation of what mod podge is.
  • Art Glossary: Still Life Painting Created: Thursday, August 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    An easy-to-understand explanation of what is meant by a still life painting, and what objects are typically included.
  • Brushes for Painting Grass or Trees Created: Monday, July 30, 2007 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    A tip on using fan or stencil brushes as an easy way to paint realistic grass or trees.
  • Watercolor Art Supplies List Created: Thursday, May 06, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    If you're wanting to start watercolor painting, here's my shopping list of the art supplies you'll need. Start with a few good colors to get good color mixes.
  • How to Mix Greens Created: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014
    Mixing a green and a blue to create a green is only the beginning when it comes to greens, there are more options to investigate that will enhance your paintings, as I explain in this article.
  • Which was the First and Only Painting Van Gogh Sold? Created: Friday, April 09, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Details of the one and only painting Van Gogh sold during his lifetime.
  • How Do I Apply Modeling Paste to Create Texture? Created: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Tips on how to use modeling paste to create texture in a painting.
  • Where Can I Find Reference Photos For Paintings? Created: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Find out where you can obtain reference photos you can freely use in your paintings without worrying about infringing copyright.
  • 10 Techniques for Painting More Loosely Created: Saturday, October 18, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    If you think your art is too stiff and rigid, try these tips and techniques which will help you paint in a looser style, to free up your painting." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
  • How to Create a Body of Work and a Distinctive Style as an Artist Created: Thursday, June 01, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Find out from an experienced artist how to create a body of work to represent to a gallery you want to present you, proving you have a distinct style and sufficient paintings."
  • Before You Buy Pastel Supplies Created: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Tips from an experienced artist on what you should consider when buying pastels and pastel paper so your money is well spent.
  • Where to Sell Your Art Created: Sunday, June 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at the options available to artists wanting to sell their work, with the pros and cons of each.
  • What Can I Use to Create A Thick Gloss Varnish Layer on an Acrylic Painting? Created: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    What to use to create a thick gloss varnish layer on an acrylic painting, if you're not using epoxy resin.
  • Color Theory: Know Your Reds Created: Saturday, February 06, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    A look at the various reds paint pigments available to artists, their characteristics and differences." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Had a slip of the brush or painted something you now regret? It's not a total disaster because, if you're using acrylics or oils, it's quite easy to cover over a mistake.
  • How To Design a Web Site for Your Art Yourself Created: Sunday, November 16, 2003 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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  • Painting Color Class: Tones or Values Created: Saturday, March 11, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    What is a tone in a painting, how it tone different from color, and why is it important for artists? Find out in this article on painting tones or values.
  • Pastel Painting FAQ: What Varnish Should Be Used On Oil Pastels? Created: Sunday, February 25, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Find out what the type of varnish to use on oil pastel that's been applied over acrylic paint.

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