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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 […]

  • 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 Draw

    Learning how to draw like an artist is a lot easier than you might think. Any drawing can be broken down into smaller pieces. If you follow the smaller pieces (or steps) one by one, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll learn how to draw everything from animals and plants to buildings, cars, trains, and even dinosaurs! To begin learning how to […]


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