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Prints or Original Artwork. What is What in the World of Art

Giclee’ Prints, Artists print, Limited Editions, Open Editions Understanding the Madness of the Print Market   Art is sometimes ambiguous, but understanding what you are buying should be crystal clear. In my earlier days when […]

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New Methods to Try: Scratch Boards

Scratch Boards Great Way to Reverse Your Thinking Working from White to Black What are they? Scratch boards have been in use since the 19th century and were often used to make pieces of art […]

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How to Create Depth in Your Landscape Oil Painting

Creating Depth in Your Artwork   Looking at many of the paintings of the great masters, I am amazed at the feeling of depth. Rembrandt painted scenes which appear as if you could reach right […]

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Painting Workshops a Students Perspective

Saguaro Lake Ranch Painting Workshop Through the Eyes of a Workshop Student I began full of vigor. Never mind that I’d never taken a painting workshop before. (Never mind that I’m not a painter!) Here […]

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How to Plein Air Paint: What Oil Paint Color to Use

Plein Air and Outdoor Painting Approaches My Outdoor Painting Palette There are many great painting palettes. Certain palettes favor earth tones, others favor warm or cool color mixtures. I have used many different palettes, but […]

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Drawing Approaches

Quick Tips: Reductive Drawing Reductive drawing is a great way to create a drawing. It gets you away from thinking about lines and helps you focus on value, tone, and shape. To create a reductive […]

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Painting Mixing Clean Color Every Time

Painting Approaches: Mixing with a Brush and Keeping Your Color Mixtures Clean You’re painting that wonderful masterpiece. You just painted some wonderful deep shadows in the foreground and decide to work on the sky. You […]

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Technical Corner:Drawing Papers Which Ones to Use

Quick Tips: Drawing Papers To preserve the life of your drawing be sure to use papers that are 100% cotton rag. Most of these types of papers will be watercolor and printmaking papers. I prefer […]

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Choose the Right Painting Workshop

Find What’s Right for You When I was a student in college, I took two very different workshops. Both were taught by established, talented artists and I learned something from both instructors. One of the […]

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