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  • How to Test if a Paint Color is Opaque or Transparent

    How to Test if a Paint Color is Opaque or Transparent

    Different pigments have different covering properties. Some are extremely transparent, barely showing on top of another color. Others are extremely opaque, hiding what’s beneath. Considering this, and not just what the color is, can enhance a subject. For example, using a transparent blue in a sky gives a greater feeling of airiness than an opaque blue will. […]

  • Color Theory Lesson: Avoiding Black for Shadows

    Color Theory Lesson: Avoiding Black for Shadows

    Think about how much is truly black in nature. Shadows are not simply black nor a darker version of the color of the object. They contain the complementary color of the object. Take, for example, the shadow on a yellow object. If you mix black and yellow, you get an unattractive olive green. Instead of using this […]

  • Ways to Boost Your Artistic Creativity

    Ways to Boost Your Artistic Creativity

    Your creativity is like a battery, you can’t keep using it and using it without recharging it. If you do, sooner or later it’ll run out, and you’ll get into a creative rut or stuck in creative block. Here are three ways to boost your creativity. If 20 minutes is all you can spare in a […]

  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Painting While at Work

    7 Ways to Improve Your Painting While at Work

    You know the scenario: you’re stuck in a meeting at the office with someone rambling on and on until you just want to interrupt by screaming: “I could be painting!” But as that wouldn’t be a wise career move, what can you do to benefit your painting while at work? Each of these tips works […]

  • What You Need to Know Painting Canvas

    What You Need to Know Painting Canvas

    The term canvas serves as a generic term for any fabric that’s used as a support for painting. The fabric can be cotton duck (the most common), linen (a more expensive choice regarded as superior), or a synthetic fiber (uncommon). Find out more about what your choices are when it comes to canvas for painting. Cotton duck […]

  • Abstract Art: An Introduction

    Abstract Art: An Introduction

    “Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” — Wassily Kandinsky. In its purest form in Western art, an abstract art is one without […]

  • How to Create Time for Painting

    How to Create Time for Painting

    With all the demands that life makes, the time available for painting can get less and less. All too easily it gets squeezed out altogether! These ideas should help you find a little time daily and keep you going until you get the luxury of a few hours in a row to paint. Here’s How: […]



    The author Julia Cameron introduced me to the idea of an artist’s date in her best-selling book The Artist’s Way. It can be really hard for any of us to schedule time to spend on something we really want to do but persevere – the rewards are worth it. My tips on creating your own ‘artist’s […]

  • How to Paint

    Painting is a medium through which many people find that their emotions and thoughts can shine through. No previous experience is necessary, and if you’ve ever taken an art class, even if it was finger painting in elementary school, then you’ve had an introduction to painting. Steps: 1. Choose your paint. For your first painting, try using watercolor […]



    TURNING DRAWING GOALS INTO A REALITY How many times have your good intentions to draw failed? You buy a new book and become inspired by someone else’s journey. You visit an art store and beguiled by the shiny pencils and inviting paper, load up your shopping basket and leave the shop with your wallet lighter […]


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