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How Many Times Should I Practice the Same Painting?

I'm not a fan of working on one painting for a really, really long time. If you can start and finish five smaller paintings rather than one bigger, longer painting, you're going to learn more.

As far as doing a scene over and over again, I know that there are people like Monet who painted the...

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Can You Explain the Dry Brush Technique?

There are different ways to use this technique but one way is to wait until the paint on your canvas is dry, put wet paint on your brush, and drag it, leaving a broken line. You can see it in this painting (above) around the leaf shapes. You can see places where the brush marks are kind of...

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What Product Do You Recommend for Glazes?

In our recent VLOG on YouTube you can see how I did a glaze over a painting and used Golden fluid acrylics (jump ahead to 5 minutes and 24 seconds to see how I do this) which is a great product to do glazes. Now this wasn't a step by step tutorial, so I thought I'd explain a little...

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Is Daily Paintworks Website a Good Place to Start Selling My Paintings?

Carol Marine, a great artist who started painting small paintings, and then developed a following of people who were also painting small paintings, created The Daily Paintworks website so that they could promote and sell their work.

They offer a subscription service for $12.95 a month, and you...

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What Type of Varnish Do You Use?

supplies varnishes Jan 09, 2020

What type of varnish do you use on your paintings? Gloss or matte or a combination of both? Any advice on the application?

I have a couple of different kinds of varnish that I use. For smaller works, I use the paint-on kind that you’d apply with a brush or a roller or a spray varnish...

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How Can I Avoid Overworking My Brushstrokes?

I have a tendency to overwork and go over my brush strokes until sometimes they're no longer visible. So how can I avoid this pitfall?

Be intentional about what you're doing. It's controlling your mind, and letting your brain say, "Okay, I'm not going to work anymore." You are in charge of your...

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What is the Best Way to Package Artwork for Shipping?

There are lots of ways to package and ship paintings but this is what works for us!

These are the supplies you need to get started:

1. Foam Wrap - This is to protect the painting, especially the corners which are easily damaged in shipping. 

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How Can I Make Small Snippets of Bright Color Peek Out Throughout My Painting?

jed dorsey underpainting Dec 22, 2019

Just Off The Beaten Path - 18x24 - Jed Dorsey

If you want to have bright colors shining through in the end, the first step is to have an underpainting that's bright - like quinacridone magenta or quinacridone gold. The second step is just simply to not paint over everything––but to...

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Are Golden Open Acrylics Suitable for Landscapes?

In a recent Q&A one of our members asked:

"Have you used Golden Open Acrylics? I use them for portrait work because they blend so readily, but I'm not sure if they're suitable for landscape painting."

Golden Open Acrylics are acrylic paints that stay wet longer than traditional acrylic...

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How Do I Photograph My Paintings?

photoshop taking photos Dec 19, 2019

This depends on what you're trying to do. If you're trying to take a good enough image that you can make prints from you definitely need a high quality camera. I have a couple different ones. I have a Nikon D5300. And a few cameras that we use for video work - Panasonic Lumix G5s. They...

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