• Layering Techniques for Expressive Abstract Painting

    Luuk Lijten

    Building a visual rhythm in a painting often has to do with ease of movement as you layer color and texture. A lot of artists call this different things: intuitive, gestural, or freedom. But it all comes down to shutting the mind off — going on creative autopilot — so that the thinking mind does…

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  • How to Combine Watercolor and Colored Pencils

    Luuk Lijten

    So you’ve had some fun with watercolor paint and gotten comfortable using colored pencil. Why not combine the two? The wet and dry media complement each other and can bring great depth to your artwork, whether it’s a portrait, still life or just in your sketchbook. And, it’s easier than you think to fuse the…

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  • 4 Ways to Balance Your Day Job with Being an Artist

    Luuk Lijten

    Regardless of preferred medium, many artists don’t make art full time. And finding a nice balance between having a job while also being an artist can be easier than one might think. Just ask artist and doctor, Jacob Aguiar. 1. Do 20- to 30-minute timed studies, without prep work Most of the time, I try…

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  • Oil Painting Basics will Amaze You

    Luuk Lijten

    Brushes come in a variety of styles. Eventually, you’ll determine your own favorite brushes to use. Until then, you’ll probably want to experiment with a few different brush types and sizes. Here are some basic brush descriptions, though the length of the bristles often varies from brand to brand: Round: round with a pointed tip Flat: flat…

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  • How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Art Studio

    Luuk Lijten

    You found the perfect spot to make art but the lighting, well, isn’t all that enlightening. Maybe, you enjoy painting at night or on gloomy days but you need brightness to truly see your process unfold. Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to illuminating your creative space. Artist Koo Schadler shines some…

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  • How Adding Texture to Pastel Underpaintings Creates Striking Effects

    Luuk Lijten

    Adding texture to your art doesn’t have to be a task that comes later in your work process. In fact, artist Tom Christopher establishes textural elements to his pastel art during the underpainting stage. “Several years ago, I was able to view an original Jackson Pollock painting. I was immediately taken with the textures and variation of…

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  • Water Color Cakes are Here To Stay

    Luuk Lijten

    Watercolor cakes have moved this medium from canvas to fondant, and we are loving it! Between Pinterest, the TV series “The Great British Bake Off” and our generally food-obsessed culture, it’s no wonder art and cakes have crossed paths. Decadent, wedding-style cakes arguably have always been a kind of art. Now the trend is veering…

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  • Why Adding Words to Paintings is the Ultimate Inspirational Tool?

    Luuk Lijten

    Sometimes, all it takes is a single word, like “determination,” to spark our creative fire. Other times, motivational quotes, such as the one above, seem to ignite an unceasing flame in us to achieve our goals. We all have them: words, phrases and sayings that inspire, motivate and drive us to be better people and…

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  • 8 Relationship Rules Every Artist Should Know

    Luuk Lijten

    Building and maintaining strong relationships in life is complicated enough. However, establishing strong bonds in the arts can be just as if not more complex. You may be friendly with a fellow artist but simultaneously be a little more than envious of his or her skills. Or, you may dislike a gallery owner or collector…

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  • Art Machines: Specific Gravity

    Luuk Lijten

    When you get the opportunity to go behind the scenes with paint-makers and manufacturers–you take it! Explore Winsor & Newton’s “Art Machines,” which pull back the curtain to reveal the company’s unique investment in craftsmanship, research and development of premium paints. Weighing Up the Benefits How do you know that your paint has the right…

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