Recommended Interesting Articles

Techniques and Tips

Pastel Techniques | The Dry Underpainting

The general purpose of beginning a pastel painting with an underpainting is to create a setup in advance of the application of pastel. This can be especially bothersome in dark passages where major amounts of pastel would have to be applied, making subsequent pastel application difficult.Underpainting Materials: Various products can be utilized for the creation of an underpainting.
Read More
Artist Profiles

Contemporary Watercolor Artist John Salminen Shares Hard-Won Wisdom

Exclusive interview with Master of Watercolor: John SalminenEvery time I look at John Salminen’s work, I simply get happy. I spend several moments studying each painting — taking in the colors, the compositions, the narratives, the forms — and this visual absorption just buoys up my spirits. For this reason, among many others, I am thrilled John Salminen is the juror for the 10th Annual International Watermedia Showcase.
Read More
Techniques and Tips

Chris Saper Tests Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel Medium | Road Test (April)

Gel Medium Goes GreenAn artist tries Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel Medium in the studio and en plein air.By Chris SaperThis article is from Magazine (April 2014). If you enjoy it, subscribe for 10 full issues, or purchase the whole April issue for more instruction.As a commission portrait painter, there are two qualities I look for in a medium: first, the ability to control impasto (thick, heavy application of paint) in the early, ever-changing layers as a contour takes shape, and second, the ability to unify the viscosity of a variety of paints out of the tube, unmatched in their ages and manufacturers.
Read More
How to Start

All About Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Painting with Acrylics 101Proponents of painting with acrylics would say the medium offers advantages that distinguish it from both oil and watercolor. On one hand, acrylics are permanent and do not yellow with age as do oil. But, being water-soluble, they are fast-drying like watercolors and require no harsh solvents for dilution or cleaning.
Read More
Drawing

George Gallo | A Love for Oil Painting and Nature

A Love for Oil Painting and Beauty in NatureFate stepped in when actor John Ashton told George that his neighbor was an artist. “He’s supposed to be pretty good. His name is Richard Schmid,” Ashton said. After George picked his jaw up from the ground, he asked if Ashton would introduce him to Richard.
Read More
Drawing

Here is a Limited Palette Experiment You Need to Try

At first glance, a limited palette may seem like a crutch to your creativity. Why use less when there’s an entire world of color out there at your fingertips?Below, Kathleen McDonnell shares with Artists Magazine just how we can take one landscape and make it new with a different, limited palette. With this experiment, you can utilize an inspiring environment year-round!
Read More