• Autumn Art Colors that are Powerful but Not Overwhelming

    Luuk Lijten

    I’ve always loved the varied and intense colors of fall. With the season just starting, I realized it is the perfect time to share with you this stunning oil painting by artist Bob Rohm entitled Morning Color. It’s a wonderful example of how intense your art colors can be. Yet there’s no reason why they can’t be perfectly appropriate…

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  • Painting with Big Brushes and Every Composition

    Luuk Lijten

    Learn painting — with boldness and a big brush. Karen O’Neil shows you how in this extensive step-by-step painting demo. And remember: from luscious citrus still lifes to landscape painting, the approach to composition always comes down to the same steps. But that doesn’t mean finding a powerful composition is always easy, which is why Johannes…

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  • 5 Painting Tips So You Succeed at Alla Prima

    Luuk Lijten

    It’s exciting to start something new. It’s especially exciting when you succeed at something new. If you are a beginner painting for the first time or someone with more experience who is still trying to find the best way to express your creative side, alla prima painting is the way to go. It is a…

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  • 3 Insider Tips to Land the Art Internship of Your Dreams

    Luuk Lijten

    We know how important it is to land an art residency or internship. We also know how hard it is to feel noticed, and we want to help. It’s time to set aside the suntan lotion and perfect those resumes! Accomplished artist Richard Whitten is here with three steps to get you closer to your dream internship.…

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  • 5 Tips to Turn Your Coloring Book into a Work of Art

    Luuk Lijten

    No longer an activity just for kids, coloring books can be relaxing, meditative and a great way to get in touch with your creative side. They are especially great resources for those of us who don’t yet have advanced artistic skills or a lot of free time on our hands.And, because coloring books are pretty much…

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  • How to Find Your Artist Ancestors

    Luuk Lijten

    As artists, we almost have this innate attraction to our craft, to our need to create. And, we all have something or someone that has fueled this passion. For many artists, the works of others steer the way they approach their own art. Annie O’Brien Gonzales refers to these influencers as our Artist Ancestors. Finding Your Artist…

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  • The Cardinal Rule of Color Mixing

    Luuk Lijten

    The cardinal rule of color mixing in painting and drawing media is, “Don’t mix too much.” Even if you’re using the right colors, overmixing can dull a mixture. A good mixture shows the original colors used and the mixture itself–for example, yellow and blue, as well as green. This broken color gives livelier color vibration.…

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  • What can You Use Acrylic Paint On?

    Luuk Lijten

    The medium has to go onto something, though, and so it’s no surprise that one common question is: “What can you use acrylic paint on?” Will acrylic paint adhere to any surface? How will acrylic perform on a variety of surfaces? In general, acrylic paint can adhere to a wide range of substrates. Acrylic polymers…

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  • What You Need to Know about Watercolor Pigments

    Luuk Lijten

    Watercolor artists who take their craft seriously will know the different classification of the paints and how to exploit them. In my last tutorial I indicated the differences in the watercolor paper. Now we will analyze what goes on the paper and how these pigments behave for watercolor painting. Classification of Pigments Used for Watercolor Painting…

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  • Discover a Powerful Painting Method

    Luuk Lijten

    William Zorach is a well-known 20th-century sculptor who participated in the Armory Show of 1913 and whose work is held in numerous public collections. But as his career unfolded and he found his way as a sculptor, watercolor painting was always part of his practice. “I have continued to paint watercolors all my life,” Zorach wrote…

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