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Lessons from the Masters - What I Learned about Painting Atmosphere from Michael O'Toole

In our first monthly module, we explored the work of Edgar Payne and his techniques for creating beautiful and artistic trees by studying his painting "Eucalyptus Trees". It's a stunning painting, and what I realized as I was doing the master copy was not only how beautiful the trees were, but...

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Interview with Rick Delanty

 

by Jed Dorsey

This video is from a recent live Q&A that we did for Acrylic University members in our private Facebook Community. We decided to share it here so that others can listen in on this guest interview with California landscape painter, Rick Delanty. The first half of the video is the...

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How To Grow: Acrylic University Delivers Timely, Free Classes

Online art school launches free training to public; artist's story proves the health benefits of creativity.
 
While schools nationwide are closing, Acrylic University is doing the opposite. The school is opening its doors to everyone. For free.

An online art school with students...

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THIS Is Why Art Is Good For Your Soul!

Someone asked me recently, "What does it mean to express yourself through art and how do we figure out what we want to express?"

If you’ve ever taken a “Sip and Paint” class, you have seen how each person in the class creates a different painting even though everyone starts...

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What is the Best Lighting For My Studio?

One of our Acrylic University members asked, "What kind of light bulb do you use in your studio? I've noticed that the lighting in my paint area is not correct and I have been reading about lumens and light appearance. Do you take these into consideration?"

If the light on my canvas is too...

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Reference photos are the X factor of painting - here's why

Reference photos are a seriously underrated aspect of painting. I often get asked the questions "What makes a good reference photo?"

Whenever I get asked this question by students I always answer, "It comes down to design." 

When I'm looking at a photograph there are a few design...

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How Do You Get Your Sta-Wet Palette Paper So Clean?

"I reuse my palette paper quite a bit and how do you make sure it is clean enough to reuse?"

Before I answer that question, let me take a step back. Often times artists who are just getting started with Acrylics ask me 'How do you keep your paint wet? My Acrylics dry out so easily!' ...

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Is Daily Paintworks a good place to sell my paintings?

Meet Carol Marine. a great artist who started painting small paintings. She slowly developed a following of others looking to sell their paintings paintings and created The Daily Paintworks website so that they could promote and sell their work.

They offer a subscription service for $12.95 a...

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

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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