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Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

Red Pepper paintingWhen it comes to easels, there are lots of choices. In class, some students like a table top easel. The angle can help prevent light from glaring off the painting, but it is very optional. It's almost as convenient to just put a paper towel roll under the top of the painting to give it a tilt. In my studio, I have a wooden standing easel, plus several styles of table top easels. Here's a link to the most comprehensive article I have seen about easel types: Different Types of Painting Easels for Artists - by Artpromotivate.


Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Art Links

Today's shared video is a work of art - all about words, and puns, and - I think you will enjoy it. "Words" by Everynone.

Paint Quality

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

BouqBlue250I like to get a bargain when I can, but some things are just not worth saving the pennies over. Quality of paint is one. I strongly recommend that even beginners buy artist quality paint. Student quality paint can fade or change in a matter of weeks or months. For example, purples can turn brown. You don't want that sort of thing happening in your work. Plus, the mixture that the manufacturer uses in student quality paint can vary from time to time depending which pigments are cheapest. This can be very frustrating to the artist because it means that the paint may behave differently from tube to tube. You want to be able to get to know each pigment - how it interacts with other pigments or with water or mediums. Any variables in quality will simply slow down the learning curve as you try to understand your paints behaviour. Lastly, you need to know that student quality paints are not always marked with the word "student". In Winsor & Newton, student grade is called "Cottman". In Liquitex brand, student grade is called "Basics". If you are not sure when looking at a tube or jar in the art store, check with the staff that you are buying artist quality. You won't be sorry. Happy painting!

The Best Composition Tip - Ever

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

Painting - River BankThe longer that I have been painting, the more I appreciate that good composition frequently comes down to one thing. It is - avoid 50/50 in every aspect. Landscape painters should avoid a horizon that is at all close to dividing the painting surface in half. Make it higher or lower. In addition, in any type of painting, it's a good idea to avoid a half and half division between the amount of dark or light colour. Best to have the majority of the page dark with light accents or vise versa. The same can be said of warm versus cool colour, or textured versus smooth area, or hard versus soft edges. If in any aspect of composition you have to think hard about what is dominant and what an accent, then likely it is too close to 50/50 to be pleasing to the eye. Hope this is helpful, next time you are analysing your work.

  • Kathie    |  Jul 27, 2013

    I agree Cheryl...... I love the ONE RULE "Never make any two intervals the same". It applies to all aspects of design-- shape, colour, line, value, etc etc. I got that from Greg Albert's book "The simple secret to better painting." I highly recommend it to anyone interested in composition and design!

Wet & Wild - Student Paintings

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 in Creativity

Here are just a few of the amazing paintings that were done by students during the recent Wet & Wild Painting Week. Aren't they wonderful?

Painting by SonnyvSteinburg Painting by Mary Ellen Young
Painting by Sonny Steinburg Painting by Mary Ellen Young
Painting by Carol Meredith Painting by Shelley Mercer
Painting by Carol Meredith Painting by Shelley Mercer
Painting by Teri Hranka Painting by Claire Pridgar
Painting by Teri Hranka Painting by Claire Pridgar
  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 28, 2013

    Thanks, Lynne - me too!

  •    |  Jul 28, 2013

    Love all the art work..wonderful as usual..I am looking forward to the August Plein Air week..

  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 23, 2013

    Thanks, Dorothy! It was such a creative group and we did have lots of fun.

  • Dorothy Schlarbaum    |  Jul 23, 2013

    Looks like everybody had a blast. Great work!

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