Tag: How To Paint

Watercolor painting tips: Summer Haze by Jean Haines, watercolor painting. See how the abstract stems and leaves of these flowers are infused with a sense of play and freedom? That's what painting for the bin gets you!

Getting Trashed

Watercolor Painting Tips from the Bin I’ve heard of painting for yourself, for school, for work, but painting for the trash can?! Artist and instructor Jean Haines says it might sound odd but when you paint like it doesn’t “matter” all of a sudden you loosen up and just might produce your best art ever!…

This Is Why You Interpret Nature on Your Own Terms

Your Version of Reality Counts Most as a Landscape Artist I love creative people who know their own minds. Landscape artist Peter Fiore considers his paintings “reorchestrations” of reality. “A painting is what I envision,” he says, “not necessarily what nature gave me.” That’s the spirit! Enjoy Peter’s tips on how to suss out your…

WaterColor by Mark Haworth, oil painting.

How to Connect to the Landscape You Paint

It’s All About How You Mix Colors & Interpret the Details Sometimes it is difficult to put aside real-world stresses and tasks when it comes time to pursue our art. To-do lists, family matters, and social obligations crowd in, making it almost impossible to concentrate. One of the ways I clear my head is to…

Classic, Commercial, and an Art World Constant

Paint Flowers to Get It All You don’t have to think terribly hard to figure out that the painting genre that has all of these characteristics in common is floral painting. It is a practice that has inspired artists to create beautiful, graceful paintings for centuries. But to paint flowers in a way that doesn’t…

Mitchell Long, Kitchen painting

Defy Expectations–See In a New Way

Use Composition & Perspective to Change It Up No matter the venue, the accepted rule of thumb is that a painting should always be hung just above eye level. As a result, many artists create paintings with this point of view. That means perspective and composition become even more important if an artist wants to…

Waiting on the Tequila Express by Thomas Van Stein, oil painting.

How to Evaluate Your Outdoor Painting

Step Back and See Your Victories–and Your Mistakes Amidst all the sights, sounds, and smells that swirl around you when plein air painting, you have to remember to step back and assess your work and give a thought to how the painting is progressing. Plein air painters are at their best when they step back, figuratively…