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THE POWER OF COLOR – free painting lesson series

WELCOME TO MY FREE ART LESSON:  The Power of #Color This is a short series of #freepaintinglessons where you will discover invaluable, powerful insights into #painting! Today's #lesson we will begin talking about The Power of Color. #Color of course is a huge subject...

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FREE PAINTING LESSON: HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS

Part 2 FREE PAINTING LESSON: HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS  Wow what an overwhelming response to Part 1 of my 'FREE PAINTING LESSON: How to Gain Confidence and Courage in your Painting Skills' article.  (If you haven't seen it yet - Part 1...

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HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS

HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND COURAGE IN YOUR PAINTING SKILLS  When it comes to self-doubt - you are not alone! It is rare to meet an artist with absolute and supreme confidence in their painting skills. Painting is challenging and if we want to grow our painting skills,...

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#FREE ART LESSON: HOWTO #PAINT #HAIR

FREE ART LESSON HINTS AND TIPS: HOW TO PAINT HAIR #HOW TO #PAINT #REALISTIC #HAIR My blog posts are a great place to learn some of my invaluable #hints and #tips for #painting. Often the information I share will relate to any medium. If you would like to...

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#PAINTING : WATCH THE MAGIC OF THE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS AT WORK

LEARN HOW YOU CAN FINE TUNE YOUR PAINTINGS USING THE FIVE KEY ELEMENTS When #teaching #artworkshops and on my #paintingDVDs and #downloads I find one of the most valuable #artlessons I can teach involve understanding the power of the five key elements...

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#FREE #ART #LESSON: HOW TO SEE AND PAINT THE SUBTLETIES IN A #WATERCOLOR #PAINTING

HOW TO CAPTURE THE BEAUTY AND SERENITY OF A SCENE IN WATERCOLOR Painting iS not that difficult. By far and away the most important thing is to paint something that has meaning - a work that has something to say about the subject. Take a close look at my...

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Work in Progress

We all learn so much from watching Works in Progress come to life. Seeing the painting stages and watching as the painting evolves can be fascinating and full of great lessons. I thought I would post a series of stages for the painting I created as part of the...

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HOW TO CLEAN OIL PAINTING BRUSHES

Ask someone else to do it! No – I jest. But I love that idea! No let’s be serious about this…. I wear gloves to protect my skin Firstly begin by removing as much paint as possible with a paper towel I then dip my brushes in Odourless Mineral Spirits. I work this...

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HOW TO PAINT GORGEOUS BIRD STUDIES IN WATERCOLOR

I love to hear the bird song just outside my studio window. We have a Song Thrush family we have encouraged to nest nearby. The mother often flies in and does a swoop around my studio to let me know she and her family are ready for another sirloin mince/wheat germ and...

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The power of a background

I am often asked how to paint backgrounds and how to paint pale colors in watercolor. I sometimes choose to paint a study with a white background. A floral work with an unpainted background is often titled a “redoute” style painting. After the famous botanical artist...

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Is it Oil or is it Watercolor? – Article in International Artist Magazine on how to paint in watercolor and how to paint in oil color by Susan

One of the most common things Susan is asked about her paintings is this: “Is it an oil or a watercolor painting?” In this newly released issue (#78 April/May) of the prestigious International Artist Magazine, Susan reveals her decision making process when and how she...

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