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What I Learned About Painting Trees From Artist Edgar Payne

Which Is The Real One?

We are starting the new monthly learning modules soon which will look at how to paint all sorts of subjects, from trees to mountains, water to clouds, and so much more. And as we were planning out the first set of lessons - which will be on trees - I kept thinking of Edgar...

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How Can I Keep My Paintings Loose?

painting loose supplies Dec 16, 2019

Grab the biggest brush that you have and don't grab a smaller brush!

That's the easiest and most straightforward answer. Just keep the big brush in your hand and honestly, force yourself not to use smaller brushes. Maybe at the very end take out a small brush and give yourself a limited number of...

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How Should I Price My Work?

pricing Dec 12, 2019

Here are some thoughts from acrylic artist, Jed Dorsey, on how to decide on pricing for your artwork:

This is one of the top three questions for an artist. If you price your paintings too low, people may not value them but if you price them too high, people may not buy them. If you price them...

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Choosing What Size to Paint, Storing Paintings, and Selling in Restaurants

Hey, friends, I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving if you're from the US, of course.

 We have three questions in a row from Nancy.

"What Size Should I Paint and Try to Sell?"

She asks: "Is it best to paint the same sizes as a rule? I keep trying to appeal to all kinds of buyers with...

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Keeping Your Palette Fresh, Varnishes, Choosing Reds & Blues

 

For this Q&A I’m outside in my backyard. The leaves have changed and it’s a beautiful clear day.

"How often should I change out my "Sta-Wet Palette" to prevent must and mildew?"

05:58: I change mine every week by wiping it out and rinsing the sponge. If you watched Color 101, you...

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Loading Your Brush, Creating Soft Edges & Pricing Your Work

 

"How do I get my paint to glide on my canvas?"

0:01:29 "I prime and sand all my canvases with three layers of gesso. I use water and medium, I have good brushes, but the strokes of color don't work right for me. Maybe it's the way I load my brush. Maybe I worry about being too perfect."

0:02:08...

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Disposing of Paint, Composition Rules & A Funny Story

 

"What is the best earth-friendly way to dispose of your paints?"

Sara asked, "What is the best earth-friendly way to dispose of your paints in your water?" When I lived in Vancouver, BC, they did a really great job of having paint recycling places, and it was a free opportunity for anybody....

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My Early Work in Acrylics - by Jed Dorsey

One of our Acrylic University members asked me recently if I could share some photos of my early work. This is my response to that request. I had to dig deep for some of these photos.

I painted in watercolors for fun while I was growing up as my parents were both watercolor artists. In 2001 on a...

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The Confident Artist - Secret 1: The Right Focus

 “Remember one rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”

- Steven Pressfield

 

Giving Up

Even though we were only about thirty minutes into the painting class I was teaching, she had given up. Her brushes were...

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Questions & Answers - #6

 

During this Q&A I am in Portland, Oregon with Peter (my video guy) taking resource photos, doing video work for the upcoming color course, and spending some time with other artists. 

"My paint box is dirty! What should I do?"

Jenny said, "I feel like my paints are getting dirty as I'm...

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