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Kevin Macpherson, a Master, in his studio.

What We Learned In Taos About Protecting Creative Time

Both mastery and production require long stretches of uninterrupted creative time in your studio, so you must set limits to protect your creative time. [...]

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Clean color does not necessarily mean pure color straight from the tube.

Clean Color

But first, what is clean color? Clean color does not necessarily mean pure color straight from the tube. Ironically, clean color can be gray, neutral, muted, subdued, etc. Or it can be bright and pure. The colorís chroma does not determine whether it is clean or not. The Russians have beautifully sophisticated grays. Yet they are clean. How or why? In his book Alla Prima, Richard Schmid defines muddy colors as a mixture of color that is simply the wrong temperature. So, if that is true Ė and I agree with Richard - then it follows that clean color is simply a mixture in which the temperature is correct. The key to the Russian artistsí sophisticated grays is proper temperature. [...]

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Vladislav Yeliseyev's Watercolor Workshop in Naples, FL

Special Edition USA Workshops March 2020 Newsletter

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John Budicin's Plein Air in Tuscany's VAL D'ORCIA workshop in Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from February 1st - July 31st, 2020 [...]

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Jesse Lane's "Dramatic Portratis in Colored Pencil" workshop in Sedona, Arizona

Special Edition USA Workshops February 2020 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition for February 2020 [...]

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Laura Robb's "Exploring Still Life in Oil" workshop in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Special Edition International Workshops 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from January 1st - June 30th, 2020 [...]

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Shana Levenson's "Painting to Portrait from Life" workshop in Texas

Special Edition USA Workshops January 2020 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from January 2020 [...]

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Learn how to post to Instagram from your desktop computer

How to Post to Instagram From Your Desktop Computer

In this post, I'll show you how to post to Instagram from your desktop computer in the Chrome web browser. [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's "1-Day Plein Air Watercolor Workshop" in Tokyo

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from December 1st, 2019 - May 31st, 2020 [...]

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Meadow With Two Large Trees by Corot (1865-70)

Who Was Your Greatest Art Influence?

I've often wondered, "Why, Corot?" With a total lack of interest in and ignorance of all things related to the history of art, I've often wondered why I was so captivated by this one artist of all those studied. [...]

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Debra Keirce's "4 Steps to a Realistic Painting" workshop at in North Carolina

Special Edition USA Workshops December 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from December 2019 [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's "Stage d'Aquarelle" workshop in Saint-Hilaire-de-Brethmas, France

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from November 1st, 2019 - April 30th, 2020 [...]

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Sarah Sedwick's "Los Gatos, CA: Painting the Dynamic Still Life" workshop at NUMU Atelier.

Special Edition USA Workshops November 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from November 2019 [...]

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Eric Armusik shares some tips on how he paints figurative art and portraiture.

5 Tips to Make You a Better Figurative Painter

There are many figurative painting techniques to get you to that endpoint. It isn't just one solution, but if you have more time with a painting you have more time to figure things out. Don't give up. Learn from each painting. Your mistakes will serve you well if you learn from them. [...]

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BoldBrush Sponsored Artist Vianna Szabo shares the many different ways to start a painting.

My One Rule for Starting a Painting

How do you choose what is easiest? The most important decisions are made before the brush touches the canvas. First, I consider the time. When I am plein air painting I know that the light will change quickly on so my focus goes to getting the correct color notes of the light with very little drawing... [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's "Watercolor Painting Workshop " in Siena, Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from October 1st, 2019 - March 31st, 2020 [...]

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Chantel Lynn Barber's "Capturing Character in the Portrait With Chantel" workshop in Rogers, Arkansas

Special Edition USA Workshops October 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from October 2019 [...]

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Julie Snyder's "Glorious Provence - Art Retreat" workshop in Provence, France

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from September 1st, 2019 - February 29th, 2020 [...]

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Carolyn Anderson shares some advice on 'edges' for your paintings

Do Your Paintings Look Stiff?

If your paintings look stiff, if your figures donít turn, and objects appear flat and look like paper cut-outs, then perhaps you need to reevaluate how you see, not just how you apply paint. [...]

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Liz Haywood-Sullivan's workshop in Pennsylvania

Special Edition USA Workshops September 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from September 2019 [...]

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Keith Bond discusses keeping values simple and linking shapes into a larger abstract shape for a stronger composition

Shape Welding

So, the lesson for today is to see the values in your subject. Organize them into 3 to 5 values. And weld like value shapes together to create fewer shapes. Yet, within each shape, you can have all the color, texture, detail, interest that you want. Just donít lose the integrity of each shape Ė which lies in its value. [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's "Creating Mood with Color and Light" workshop in Ireland

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 - 2020 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from August 1st, 2019 - January 31st, 2020 [...]

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Kyle Stuckey's "2-Day: Painting the Figure" workshop in South Carolina

Special Edition USA Workshops August 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from August 2019 [...]

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Tina Garrett shares some amazing tips on traveling with paints

How to Travel with Paints to Europe and Beyond!

There are lots of great art stores in Florence, Italy. It is the birth place of art after all. And since you cannot fly with solvent or mediums like linseed oil or walnut oil, don't pack them. Either order them online and have them shipped directly to your hotel or the studio or buy them when you get there. [...]

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Don't miss a great tip to ensure good quality images of your artwork.

A Lightbox & Accessory Recommendations for Photographing Small Paintings

If you are constantly waiting for an overcast day to photograph outside, or fighting glare with studio lights, this is your solution. [...]

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Jacqueline Sullivan's "Painting the Colors, Textures and Horizons of Italy" workshop in Le Marche, Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from July 1st, 2019 - December 31st, 2019 [...]

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Kim VanDerHoek shares some valuable tips, when you don't know what to do next in your painting

What To Do When You Donít Know What To Do Next - In Your Painting

There comes a point in every painting when you donít know what to do next. You feel your painting isnít finished, not by a long shot, but, you donít know exactly what it needs in order for it to be complete. The answer is often within the painting itself and if you listen carefully it will tell you what it needs. [...]

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Derek Penix's "Easton, MD 3-Day Workshop- July 2019" workshop in Maryland

Special Edition USA Workshops July 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from July 2019 [...]

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"Painting in Provence With Valerie Collymore" workshop in France

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from June 1st, 2019 - November 30th, 2019 [...]

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Mark Shasha's "Capturing Light and Color of the New" workshop in Massachusetts

Special Edition USA Workshops June 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from June 2019 [...]

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Eugen Chisnicean's Workshop in Belgium at Hotel 'Les Roses'

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from May 1st, 2019 - October 31st, 2019 [...]

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Richard Oversmith's "Painting the Impressionist Landscape" workshop in Asheville, North Carolina

Special Edition USA Workshops May 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from May 2019 [...]

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Poppy Balser's "Working with Watercolours in the Studio" workshop in Digby, Nova Scotia Canada

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

Special International Workshops Edition from April 1st, 2019 - September 30th, 2019 [...]

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Shuang Li's "Capture the Moments - Watercolor Sketch" workshop in San Diego

Special Edition USA Workshops April 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from April 2019 [...]

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Luann Udell's shares a hidden benefit of teaching a workshop

The Hidden Beauty of Teaching

Iím hoping I can offer ďcommunityĒ as another healing power of my art. [...]

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Don't miss S.C. Mummert's discussion on an important tool in an artist's toolbox

The One Eyed Liar

For me, the cameraís a tool, thatís it Ö just one tool in a rather large artistic toolbox. Yes, a powerful tool, to be sure; but one that should be used with care, and an eye on its limits. It does have them. [...]

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Terry Miura's "10 Strategies for Simplifying Cityscapes" Workshop in Bainbridge Island, Washington

Special Edition USA Workshops March 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from March 2019 [...]

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S.C. Mummert's discusses two very important elements in the world of artificial light for an artist: Color Temperature and Color Rendering.

It's All About The Light...

For many, North light has long been considered the gold standard for an artist to paint under--which arguably, it is. However, a ton of artists out there lack North light in their studios. As a result, the majority of art today is often created either in part, or wholly under artificial lighting. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how focusing on the needs of others, will help your art.

Stop Worrying About Yourself - Focus on Others (Part 1)

Stop worrying about yourself and focus on the needs of your clients. [...]

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Keiko Tanabe's 3-Day Watercolor Workshop at Tubac School of Fine Art in Arizona

Special Edition USA Workshops February 2019 Newsletter

Special USA Workshops Edition from February 2019 [...]

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