I have recently come across the work of an artist called Michael Morgan. He is a great watercolour painter, whose landscape paintings could be mistaken for  oil or acrylic paintings such is their boldness.  This man is now in his 80’s and obviously has a wealth of experience, but what is amazing is his sheer […]

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Although I have used acrylic a lot over the past few years I have recently gone back to using oils, I had forgotten just how wonderful they are. It is not just the smell, but somehow the creamy mixture of the paint is more satisfying than acrylics. Yet, I do miss the speed with which […]

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Keeping Acrylic Paints Workable: Because acrylics dry so fast, squeeze only a little paint out of a tube. If you’re using a ‘normal’ plastic palette invest in a spray bottle so you can spray a fine mist over the paint regularly to keep it moist. ‘Stay-wet’ palettes – where the paint sits on a sheet […]

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Keep all those worn out art brushes or those that have spread because they were not cleaned properly, or those that have some parts of the brush welded together with hardened oil  paint. These old oil painting brushes are great for creating the interesting random marks you might need for such things like the painting […]

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It is so easy to get into a rut with painting and even easier to fall into the trap Picasso so aptly described: ‘Success is dangerous, one begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others – it leads to sterility.’ So if your painting has hit the doldrums, […]

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Using Colour to create Mood We have to remember that colour is not a natural phenomenon that follows a set of rules like gravity, it is highly variable depending on the amount of light and the colours of objects adjacent. A car may appear to be red in colour during the day yet may appear black […]

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Virtuosity The artist has to have mastery of the techniques and skills with which he/she creates art. Like all great artists and indeed sportsmen, musicians and actors as well, true virtuosity makes the mastery of technical skills look deceptively easy. Other elements here might include: The intention to produce something – art is not produced […]

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Successful drawing is essentially about confidence, perseverance and developing skills, all of which are greatly influenced by your  attitude to what you produce. I meet lots of people who can draw, but they under-estimate their abilities and seem to be dismissive of their work, or they lack the confidence to see the value in their […]

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It is interesting how many of us strive to capture what we see in front of us in paint or pencil. We may interpret it in slightly different ways, but essentially, if paintings and drawings ‘don’t look right’ they are often dismissed or discarded. This is a very interesting approach to painting and drawing when […]

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You have a blank piece of paper, canvas and the thought you want to create something, but where do you start? Being creative is harder than you think, but there are things you can do to get the creative juices flowing. Just start scribbling. The first idea is rarely the best, just keep scribbling and […]

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Successful drawing is essentially about confidence, perseverance and developing skills, all of which are greatly influenced by your  attitude to what you produce. I meet lots of people who can draw, but they under-estimate their abilities and seem to be dismissive of their work, or they lack the confidence to see the value in their […]

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Drawing is the the fundamental basis of painting; drawing an object lets us understand it, know it and learn more about it’s structure, not to mention how light falls upon it and plays tricks with our perception. Picasso used to say, ‘ I do not paint what I see I paint what I know.’ ‘Knowing’ […]

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