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Oil Painting Videos, Painting Outdoors In Wales

Filmed on my painting adventures, short plein air pochade box painting videos – Visit my Youtube channel to subscribe and watch more videos.   Filmed on a blustery west Wales late summer’s day, high up in Pembrokeshire’s Preseli Mountains, near Dinas, which is not far from Newport Pembs. I have a clever little bracket that is fitted to the underside of my… Read More »Oil Painting Videos, Painting Outdoors In Wales

How To Repair A Damaged Or Torn Canvas Painting

No matter how careful we are with our artwork, canvas paintings can get damaged. Some of the most famous paintings in the world have sustained damage over the years and have needed repairs made to the canvas. What at first can seem like a complete disaster, is in fact usually repairable, let me show you how. * If your canvas… Read More »How To Repair A Damaged Or Torn Canvas Painting

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The Importance of Life Drawing | Guest Post by Artist Bern Ross

Life Line The new art student walks into the college studio and is confronted with a naked person. Here is nude person standing in the middle of the room, staring out the window and surrounded by about a dozen easels, occupied by some familiar people who are drawing intently. “Draw what you see,” says the tutor intermittently, “not what you… Read More »The Importance of Life Drawing | Guest Post by Artist Bern Ross

How To Varnish A Painting

Let me start by saying, there is no actual need to varnish a completed oil painting if you don’t want to. Oil paintings dry to a very robust finish, and I know many professional artists that sell all of their paintings un-varnished. However, varnishing a painting can make a considerable difference to it’s final appearance; enhancing its darks and lights, evening out contrasting shiny and matt… Read More »How To Varnish A Painting

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How To Paint With Acrylics, Starting Out | Guest Post by Artist Karen Berisford

Looking to start out with acrylic paints and not sure what you need or where to start? This article offers advice to those looking to start out with Acrylics and also offers further help and advice for taking your paintings up a notch. Acrylic paints are a versatile medium being able to mix them to different consistencies and use them… Read More »How To Paint With Acrylics, Starting Out | Guest Post by Artist Karen Berisford

The Painting Glass Is ALWAYS Half Full | Guest Post by Artist Ian Holtedahl-Finlay

Last night I had arranged to give my daughter’s best friend some tuition. She’s crazy-keen on art and had been given some acrylic paints but didn’t really know what to do with them. I work in oils and watercolours. I have some acrylics but they remain unused in a drawer at the moment. I hoped this wasn’t going to be… Read More »The Painting Glass Is ALWAYS Half Full | Guest Post by Artist Ian Holtedahl-Finlay

3 Youtube Painting Videos Every Artist Should Watch

Over the last 10 years Youtube has become increasingly popular worldwide, and is now the second largest search engine, after Google. For artists, Youtube in an invaluable source of information and education about every aspect of painting, drawing, sculpture, and every other art form there is. I’m sure that as you’re reading this blog post, you’re already familiar with Youtube… Read More »3 Youtube Painting Videos Every Artist Should Watch

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How To Make Your Own Painting Video

Instead of painting today, I spent the morning trying out some new software called Youtube Movie Maker. This is FREE software that anyone can download, and enables you to create/make/edit YouTube video from your own videos/movies, pictures/photos, audios/musics, texts, lyrics, subtitles, etc. Get the software here. Once you’ve made your video, you can upload it straight to Youtube from within the software,… Read More »How To Make Your Own Painting Video

Stainless Steel Brush Washer – Why It’s The Best Brush Cleaner You Can Get

I bought a couple of Winsor & Newton brushes once, they cost me about five pounds each and I ruined them in about a week. Oil painters don’t need expensive brushes, watercolour painters yes, it definitely helps, but oil painters, no – That said, an oil painter does need clean brushes. If you use a dirty brush to mix your… Read More »Stainless Steel Brush Washer – Why It’s The Best Brush Cleaner You Can Get

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How To Photograph Your Artwork And Get Great Results

With all the advanced camera equipment around today you’d think taking high quality photographs of your paintings would be an easy thing to do, in fact it’s more difficult than it first appears. The quality of your final image is going to be somewhat dependant on the quality of your camera equipment. However, you do not need to spend lots… Read More »How To Photograph Your Artwork And Get Great Results

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How To Use A Pochade Box, And Where To Get One

  In the video above I’m painting boats at the beach from the comfort of my car –  great fun! What is a pochade box? Unless you paint, you’ve probably never heard of one, but the term ‘Pochade’ is derived from the nineteenth century French verb Pocher, meaning to sketch. A pochade box is essentially a small box, usually made… Read More »How To Use A Pochade Box, And Where To Get One

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Why You Need To Keep Work Space Tidy

Working in a complete shambles of a studio might feel very ‘arty’ and freeing, but if you’re trying to run a successful business and keep your paintings and your painting gear in top condition, it’s not the best way to go. We’ve all seen photographs of Jackson Pollack’s studio ( crikey! ) –  (  Jackson Pollack at work in his studio ) …and check out Francis Bacon’s studio (… Read More »Why You Need To Keep Work Space Tidy

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How To Transfer A Photograph To Your Canvas or Paper For Painting

So you’ve just taken the most amazing photograph of a Tiger at the zoo and you would quite like to paint it – great! Now if only there were an easy way of transferring your tiger photo onto your canvas/paper so you can, and that didn’t involve a lot of maths or drawing lots of tiny gridded squares everywhere. Well… Read More »How To Transfer A Photograph To Your Canvas or Paper For Painting