Tips for for Drawing, Watercolor, Acrylic & Oil Painting

If you're ready to advance your skills as an artist and fully unleash your potential, we're here to help. Enjoy the following articles from our editors and The North Light Shop:

Tips for plein air painting

Plein Air Painting: The Art of Outdoor Painting

When you are en plein air, everything you know about how to paint comes into play.  From challenges of light and composition to color and brushwork, you will be fulfilled and get the opportunity to constantly grow as you pursue plein air painting--a very rewarding way of creating art.

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Guide to perspective drawing

The Secrets of Perspective Drawing Made Easy

The ways and means of perspective drawing were discovered more than 500 years ago, and yet the ways of linear perspective are constantly being used and revitalized by artists working today. 

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Painting for beginners

3 Easy Steps You Can Take to Learn to Paint

A beginner painter need only learn and refine a handful of painting techniques to be well on his or her way toward being an advanced painter. It is the confidence with basic painting instruction and an understanding of the methods that are used that will allow you to evolve into a painter that can create landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more.  

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simple oil painting tips and techniques

Quick and Easy Oil Painting Techniques for Beginners

You can grow by leaps and bounds if you focus on just a few oil painting tips and techniques that will shed light on what the oil painting basics truly are. These can then be utilized as the foundation for more sophisticated and complicated oil paintings! 

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Mastering watercolor techniques

Watercolor Painting Techniques for Beginners

The perfect balance in the best watercolor paintings is always struck between absolute freedom and absolute control, but beyond that there are several key watercolor techniques that every painter should know, so here are 10 tips for watercolor painting beginners that will propel you forward with confidence and ease.

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Learning how to use acrylic paint

A Beginner's Guide to Using Acrylic Paint

Painting with acrylic paint is a gift to yourself as an artist. Beginning acrylic painters as well as more advanced artists know that the medium gives you the ability to express yourself fully while offering so many conveniences and eases of use. In this article, you'll find out what beginning acrylic painters need to know about the medium and what resources can take their acrylic painting art to the next level. 

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Learning how to draw

Learn How to Draw the World Around You

Artistic freedom always wins out above all else, so it is no surprise how popular learning how to draw is. The ability to know how to draw means you can transform every aspect of your life into art. All you have to do is learn how to see the world around you in a new way and use the drawing tools at your disposal to make it happen!

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