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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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Don't miss William A. Schneider's discussion on "continuing education" for artists

Life Long Learning

Given that the quest for mastery is never-ending, itís probably a good idea to find the most efficient way to learn. [...]

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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 the advantages and disadvantages of the "Sight-size Method"

Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Sight-size Method

The problem with sight-size is that if you have become dependent upon it, you may not have the confidence (or worse yet, the ability) to accurately draw something that isnít exactly as you see it. You become dependent upon copying. Creativity suffers. Works become technical craft and less about feeling, mood, and expression. [...]

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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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Don't miss Luann Udell discussion on "What do I wish someone had told me in art classes?Ē

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Artists

Thereís More Than One Way to Be an Artist [...]

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Ketih Bond discusses changes or reworking in a painting

Everything is Subject to Change

Remember in your work this one important principle. Everything is subject to change if it will improve your work... [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses how each painting decision determines the next

Understanding the Why Informs the How

You are faced with many decisions as you approach a painting. First is what to paint. Second, and probably most important, why do you want to paint it? Once this second question is answered comes the many Ďhowí questions. These Ďhowí questions involve things like composition, value, color, drawing, edges, just to name a few. Each of these principles is interdependent and a change in one will affect each of the others. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's discussion on the "center of interest" in a painting

The Center of Interest isnít Always Your Subject

It is the interaction between characters and the plot line that were composed that create the center of interest. Sometimes if you merely try to copy things just as you see them in front of you, you will have no center of interest, because you arenít composing a story. [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses the mastery of greens

Green - It's Everywhere

To recap, mastery of greens only comes through careful observation and practice. Avoidance is not the answer. You may not paint a summer landscape which is nearly entirely green. But you will still need to understand green to paint a winter scene which seems devoid of green, a portrait of a woman wearing white, or a still life with teapots and eggs. You need not be a master to paint greens convincingly. [...]

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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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Eric Rhoads shares how breaking things up into smaller steps can make a world of difference

The Pathways to Excellence

Giving it a shot is an important starting point, but it isnít enough. Iíve met too many people who tried painting or drawing and quit because they got discouraged too easily. [...]

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Don't miss Eric Armusik's mandatory tips for emerging artists.

5 Mandatory Tips for Emerging Artists

But what if I don't have money for materials or marketing? Do what you can. If all you have is a phone or computer to promote yourself on social media, then do it. If you have to paint on cardboard you get from your local supermarket then do it. If you need to paint with children's paints then do that. The key is to never make excuses. If you allow yourself the opportunity to be a working artist everything will figure itself out. [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses spontaneity and freshness in a plein air painting and how to capture that in your studio.

There Must Be Another Reason

My plein air work is about responding emotionally to the moment. But, I have realized that my studio work enables me to explore other ideas, push compositional choices, or push color to create a mood. [...]

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Eric Armusik discusses self-taught stigmas and shares 5 valuable tips

Banishing The Self-Taught Artist Stigma (+5 Tips)

A self-taught artist is a professional artist if they take their work and craft seriously. Never ever give up. You are greater than you know. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's continued discussion on his workshop series

Pieces of the Puzzle

ďTeachers open the door. You enter by yourself.Ē [...]

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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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Don't miss S.C. Mummert's continued discussion on camera's and their optical distortion.

The One-Eyed Liar (Part 2)

Last time, we examined the cameraís tendency to compress values and alter colors. This month weíll explore its penchant for optical distortion. [...]

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Don't miss Keith Bond's part 2 in his series about workshops

Learn To Fish - Part 2 in a series about Workshops

So, when you decide you are ready to take a workshop, determine not to seek out fishes, but rather seek out an artist or artists who will teach you how to fish. [...]

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Keith Bond discusses how workshops can help improve your art skills at any level

Workshops - An Investment in Yourself

So, some of you may have painted for many years. You have taken workshops in the past. You might even teach them now. But if you have reached a plateau or you simply want to understand art at a higher level, then consider attending another workshop. [...]

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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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Keith Bond discusses how weaknesses can become strengths

Ignore Your Weaknesses, Cultivate Your Strengths

As long as I can remember, I have been taught that weaknesses can become strengths. It just takes humility, dedication, determination, hard work, more humility, tenacity, desire, etc. I have seen in my own art (and life) that I have been able to improve areas that were weak. Many of these have become strengths. [...]

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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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Yuki Hall & Diana Marra's "Painting Under The Tuscan Sun - watercolor painting , sketching and Chinese brush painting" workshop in Italy

Special Edition International Workshops 2019 Newsletter

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

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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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