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A List of Aspect Ratios of Common Canvas Sizes

by Vianna Szabo on 4/20/2017 9:42:41 AM
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It is so frustrating when you want to replicate an image onto a larger canvas but the composition is not the same. [...]


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Painting Plein Air

by Deborah Ridgley on 4/18/2017 9:51:24 AM
7 Comments

With the summer season upon us, many artist like myself are out painting in the gorgeous weather. [...]


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Master your Tools, Not Rules

by Zac Elletson on 4/10/2017 10:06:07 AM
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Your artistic license is the only rule you need to follow, and your tools should help you achieve it however you see fit. [...]


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The Limitations of Working from Photographs and How to Compensate for Them

by Vianna Szabo on 4/5/2017 10:17:00 AM
11 Comments

Photos are a great resource to work from as long as you understand their limitations. Working from life as often as possible will help you expand your ability to interpret photos into personal expression. [...]


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Workshop Success!

by Laura Pollak on 4/4/2017 10:01:18 AM
12 Comments

There's nothing worse than leaving a workshop defeated... [...]


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My Watercolor Brushes

by Bette Orr on 3/28/2017 10:49:23 AM
12 Comments

Remember, these brushes are my personal workhorse favorites....in the end, it comes down to YOUR personal preference. [...]


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Helpful Ways to Approach a 30 Day Painting Challenge

by Ginny Butcher on 3/27/2017 10:03:17 AM
3 Comments

If you have wanted to be part of a 30 day painting challenge, but felt it was too intimidating, here are some helpful ideas for approaching it. [...]


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Does Drawing Matter in a Loose Painting?

by Kim VanDerHoek on 3/24/2017 10:02:41 AM
23 Comments

When teaching I've been asked if a painter can hide the fact that they can't draw, if they paint really loosely... [...]


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Using the Paper's Texture and Dragging Dry Pigment: At the Point of JR Monks' Brush

by J.R. Monks on 3/15/2017 10:04:24 AM
12 Comments

I feel color is a powerful tool for a painter, but color alone can become cliche and elements such as texture provide a means to speak a more powerful truth about the landscape. [...]


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Hitting the Wall or Bouncing off It

by Laura Pollak on 3/14/2017 8:11:22 AM
13 Comments

So my new method of working is to keep a number of paintings on my Merry-Go-Round of an easel and hope that when the time is right, I'll see exactly what each painting needs to graduate and fly off into the world. [...]


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Embrace The Nature Fix To Be Happier And More Creative

by John P. Weiss on 2/25/2017 11:47:58 AM
16 Comments

No wonder plein air painting, paint-outs, conventions and outdoor workshops have grown in popularity. Creative people have rediscovered all the healthy benefits in taking their paints outside. [...]


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Workshopping Around

by Steve Atkinson on 1/24/2017 9:48:28 AM
9 Comments

I don't care who you are, we all can grow by taking classes from other artists... [...]


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Painting Large: Size Does Matter

by Sharon Weaver on 1/17/2017 10:38:34 AM
23 Comments

By clarifying the process and defining the mood and atmosphere of your painting you can guarantee success. [...]


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Oil Painting Blacks

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/27/2016 10:43:31 AM
11 Comments

Oil Painting Blacks [...]


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Zorn Palette and Color Chart

by Aaron Westerberg on 12/9/2016 9:44:26 AM
10 Comments

For me the Zorn Palette has been a great introduction to color, I highly recommend it to anyone starting the journey into oil painting, especially for indoor figure and portrait work. [...]


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Seeing the Pattern

by William A. Schneider on 11/21/2016 10:02:04 AM
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As art students we seem to learn (in this order): shape, values, edges, color temperature, and finally composition. [...]


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What To Do When the Workshop's Over, Part 1: Becoming Your Own Teacher

by Kathleen Dunphy on 11/10/2016 9:40:25 AM
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Make some room in your schedule for Quick Studies--you'll be amazed at how much you learn, what a sense of accomplishment doing these paintings will bring, and just how much fun you will have painting at a sprint! [...]


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The Necessity of Taking Photographs

by Sandy Askey-Adams, PSA on 10/26/2016 9:35:06 AM
21 Comments

When you take those photographs, they are yours. No one else has taken the same photograph in the same way... at the same exact moment. (Just as when you do a drawing or a painting.) And as an artist, that is what can help make your painting inspirations, concepts and ideas yours and yours alone. [...]


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This Much I Know Is True

by John P. Weiss on 10/15/2016 9:07:49 AM
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So much of life is uncertain and hard. But this much I know is true: Art is the best of us. Art reveals our souls. Our deepest truths. It need not fetch fame or fortune to be true and authentic. [...]


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Composition is King

by Zac Elletson on 10/13/2016 9:58:56 AM
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A well designed painting adequately painted is usually more interesting than a painting adequately designed and painted well. [...]


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Painting Is Dead!

by Mark Brockman on 10/7/2016 10:06:13 AM
22 Comments

Learn what it takes to do what has been done so many times already but still carries on. Because you, us, we are the hope of original paintings once more being sought after, admired and desired. [...]


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Leave Room for Imagination

by Gerard Blouin on 9/29/2016 9:52:57 AM
4 Comments

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. ~Edgar Degas [...]


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Dark Night of The Soul

by Pamela Beer on 9/28/2016 10:11:48 AM
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It's different for every artist and here's my personal reflective for dark night of my soul. [...]


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"Passages" As An Artist

by Susan Blackwood on 9/27/2016 9:55:32 AM
7 Comments

The risk is that I might fail or no one will like it. But the "risky" is also that I will discover a whole new me in my painting! [...]


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Selfish? You Bet.

by David Hettinger on 9/26/2016 10:00:22 AM
3 Comments

Painting is making a connection with someone or something. Painting is more than picture making for me. [...]


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How Do You Know When It's Finished?

by Carolyn Hancock on 9/23/2016 9:29:08 AM
9 Comments

When you have pushed the painting and your materials further than you thought you could... [...]


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Frustration Is A Good Thing

by Zac Elletson on 9/20/2016 9:52:36 AM
5 Comments

Tackle your problems head on and don't give up. You will get better, it just takes time. [...]


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Color & Values In Painting

by Linda Schroeter on 9/15/2016 9:52:46 AM
1 Comment

Observing and painting correct values is key to a good foundation in your painting. [...]


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Bling

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 9/14/2016 10:01:42 AM
11 Comments

As human beings, we are attracted to light. [...]


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To Improve Your Art, Ignore The Subplots

by John P. Weiss on 9/10/2016 12:39:44 PM
10 Comments

"You are the filter." Your uniqueness and individuality is what separates your portrayal of the scene from that of another painter. [...]


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The Importance Of Editing In Art

by Clint Watson on 9/6/2016 9:34:55 AM
9 Comments

A painter shows me what he painted, but an artist shows me why she painted. [...]


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The Importance of A Preliminary Color Sketch

by Aaron Westerberg on 9/2/2016 9:23:54 AM
9 Comments

Creating a small study before jumping into a larger work can be one of the best ways to approach a painting whether it be a large or modest size work. [...]


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3 Decisions That Aren't Seen on the Canvas

by Mark Vander Vinne on 8/24/2016 10:05:13 AM
8 Comments

There are lots of decision made during a painting. [...]


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Everything Changes

by Karen Scannell on 8/19/2016 9:35:48 AM
1 Comment

It must be the same for all skills, in that we never truly achieve on our own, but are a culmination of our own experiences, and that of others, who so generously help in our own journey. [...]


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The Life of A Painting

by Cheryl Magellen on 8/18/2016 9:56:12 AM
2 Comments

The bigger lesson for me in this was the realization that paintings don't need to be finished today. [...]


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What To Do When The Workshop's Over, Part 2: The Art of Self Critique

by Kathleen Dunphy on 8/5/2016 9:11:39 AM
7 Comments

I critique each of my plein air paintings when I get back in the studio. [...]


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Necessity Is The Mother of Invention

by Susan L. Vignola, Ph.D. on 8/4/2016 9:30:48 AM
4 Comments

How do you store your tubes of paint? [...]


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The "Gritty" Artist

by Edy Stoughton on 6/20/2016 9:27:58 AM
3 Comments

It's exhilarating to go through the process of problem solving when things aren't going well, coming up with creative alternatives to what isn't working and conceptualizing things in a different way to achieve a better result... [...]


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Peripheral Vision: An alternative to squinting as a painting technique?

by Jose K. on 8/11/2015 8:02:36 AM
6 Comments

While I have not perfected my peripheral vision, I feel it has great potential. If you have similar experience, I would really love to hear and learn more. [...]


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FASO Featured Artists: Artist Brian Slawson

by Carrie Turner on 8/5/2015 11:27:48 PM
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Artist Brian Slawson creates engaging contemporary realist paintings that provoke a sense of nostalgia. His impressive urban and landscape paintings capture the essence of a time and place. Each painting offers a tantalizing sense of mystery, mood and visual storytelling. [...]


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