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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 Aimee Erickson

 

by Jed Dorsey

This interview 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 artist extraordinaire, Aimee Erickson. The first 30 minutes of...

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What Colors Beyond the Basic Colors Do You Recommend?

It can be so overwhelming to know what colors to purchase. There are so many. You can use a very limited palette using one of each of the primaries (plus black and white). But you may want to add to that palette instead of mixing all your colors. Sometimes it's easier when colors have been...

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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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Acrylics vs Oils - 5 reasons why you will LOVE Acrylic painting

There's a lot of discussion out there about Oils vs Acrylics. Oils have been used for 600 years or more making Acrylic paints seem like a baby by comparison. Acrylic artists are vastly outnumbered by oil artists. Just head to any painting event and take a look around - we're outnumbered 10...

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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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Is It Okay for My Paints To Get Mixed Together in My Paint Box?

There's a couple of different ways you can use the paintbox. Dianna Shyne, a great acrylic artist, actually just scoops out piles into her palette from the paintbox with a palette knife. She's not really dipping her brush into her paintbox. So you could scoop paint out with a palette knife and...

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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 Type of Varnish Do You Use?

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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