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Sara Linda Poly's "Plein Air Painting in Tuscany" workshop in Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2018- 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from September 1st, 2018 - March 1st, 2019 [...]

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S.C. Mummert discusses three important color topics: saturation, transmission and shadows in his latest piece.

Where's The Color?

Okay... the fact is these chromatic elements exist around us in nature. But as is so often the case in art, we sometimes need a little nudge to actually “see” what’s going on... to become more in tune with what’s happening optically, so we can put it to use in our own work. [...]

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Zac Elletson discusses how past and present artists can influence your artistic style.

Finding Your Style

How to find your art style and artistic voice. [...]

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Cynthia Rosen's "Paint Outdoors Workshop - A Labor Of Love and Inspiration" workshop in Vermont

Special Edition USA Workshops September 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from September 2018 [...]

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William Schneider discusses the advantages of perfecting one skill at a time.

The Perpetual Student

A great idea is to copy masterworks. Sargent did; Zorn did. In fact virtually all the great artists have done this type of research. The goal is to figure out the master artists’ thought process. [...]

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In this second article, Lori Woodward demonstrates how she uses lines in her art work.

Simplify Landscape Painting Using Straight Lines

This is part two on using straight lines to block in subjects in the drawing stage of a painting. [...]

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Lori Woodward shares a lesson from studying with Richard Schmid

Simplify Drawing Using Straight Lines on Rounded Objects

Try drawing your rounded objects with angular straight lines... I think you'll find that it makes drawing a lot easier. [...]

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Eugen Chisnicean's "Biennale du bassin D'Arcachon" workshop in France

Special Edition International Workshops 2018- 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from May 26th, 2018 - February 1st, 2019 [...]

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S.C. Mummert discusses more ways artists can explore and experiment with composition.

Composition Should Be a Tool - Not a Rule

Some years ago a popular artist was quoted, “When it comes to rules regarding composition ... there are no rules”. I happen to agree. I agree largely because each of us should be actively exploring... experimenting... pushing artistic boundaries... without any limitations. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops August 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from August 2018 [...]

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Pioneer Cooking by JR Monks

The Devil Is In The Details

The devil may be in the details, but the painter is in the ability to make decisions regarding what to emphasize, and what to downplay. [...]

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Special Edition International Workshops 2018- 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from May 1st, 2018 - January 1st, 2019 [...]

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More Compositional Elements

One of my key objectives while creating a painting is to hold the attention of my audience—for as long as possible. Strong Patterns of Light & Dark help us with that, but there is more. [...]

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Brushes and Brush Care Video

Tips for maintaining your brushes and how to save brushes that are past their prime. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from April - July, 2018 [...]

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Compositional Patterns of Light and Dark, Part II

Just as when we paint, there’s something about the reversed image a mirror provides us, that inexplicably reveals things we otherwise can’t see in our efforts. [...]

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Disconnected

There is something about seeing things in a different way that enables you to disconnect with your preconceived ideas. You can more clearly see reality. [...]

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How to Paint Anything!

This video is an introduction into understanding the fundamentals of painting and drawing from life. [...]

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Compositional Patterns of Light and Dark, Part I

Though I often to see loving attention paid to “line” in many of today’s compositions; I’m beginning to see far less weight these days given to a painting’s tonal patterns. [...]

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How To Breakup With Your Photo Reference

Remember, no one will see the reference you used when they view your painting. So get creative, don't be a slave to your reference, that's your job as an artist, to push beyond what is in front of you. Besides, you might be surprised by the results. [...]

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When Time is Short and Inspiration is High

Holidays are busy and studio time gives way to visiting and catching up with those I love. [...]

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How Sketches Improve Your Landscapes

It's not uncommon for me to paint parts of the same scene several times before settling on a final composition for a larger work. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops January - April 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from January - April, 2018 [...]

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The Fine Art of Discovery

Painting with no map, I lost my preoccupation with where I was going, and I had to just look around and pay attention to where I was in the painting at every moment. It's terrifying, but also completely exciting to discover a new way of painting after 20 years. [...]

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LESSONS FROM THE GYM: Those Who Teach, DO.

We truly live in an age where the old “Those who can’t do, teach” maxim has been flipped on its head. Now we can truly say, “Those who teach, DO.” [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops March 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from March 1st - April 1st, 2018 [...]

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Using A Limited Palette -- Part 2

Although I use a limited palette for my paintings, I always start out by mixing puddles of several colors before I start the actual painting. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops February 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from February 1st - March 1st, 2018 [...]

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The Triple Impact

Your work is competing against many other equally great artists. To have the advantage of capturing a collector’s attention, you should consider how well you understand and utilize the triple effect. [...]

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Backgrounds As Stage Settings

In order for a background to be cohesive it must be considered as important as the subject you are painting. [...]

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Should You Enter Juried Exhibitions?

On our artistic journey we all meet criticism and obstacles of every kind. Keep an open mind and an attitude on self improvement and quality of work. The journey is not easy. If it were, it wouldn't mean anything. [...]

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Be Involved in the Creative Process from the Start - Use Your Own References

Don't let a reference dictate what your finished painting looks like. Remember your painting is your voice - let it sing out loud and clear. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops January 2018 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from January 1st - February 1st, 2018 [...]

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Subject Matters

Don’t strive to become a portrait artist; instead strive to become a better artist. If you want to paint better portraits, learn to paint landscape. [...]

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Why Painting From Life Matters - Even If You Don't Enjoy It.

In order to love what I paint, I must paint what I love, and get to know my subject personally. [...]

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Have You Arrived?

There is a great danger in being known for a special style that’s recognizable everywhere. The collectors look for it and buy it because it’s recognizable. But should that lock you in forever? [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops December 2017 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from December 1st - January 1st, 2018 [...]

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Painting in Monochrome

One of the best ways to become comfortable with painting in oil, watercolor, and acrylic is to use two colors and work monochromatically. [...]

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Texture In Your Art

Texture, implied or not, can create emotions, share messages, or simply add spice to your painting. [...]

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Special Edition USA Workshops November 2017 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from November 1st - December 1st, 2017 [...]

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