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Artist’s Mediums – Felt Tip Markers, Watercolor and Gouache

Felt tip markers are a good medium to use for sketches as well as finished renderings for presentations, graphic design, advertising and package design. Felt tip markers are water or solvent based. Water based markers are generally non-toxic.

Silk Painting Techniques – Using Patterns

Do you enjoy silk painting or would like to try it but don’t know where to start? A new project can be daunting, so I am going to give you some ideas and advice to help you create beautiful silk paintings the easy way. From the beginning you will have the confidence and know how to make this an enjoyable project.

Watercolor Washes

The basic building block in a watercolor painting is your wash. There are only three types of washes. Which one you use when affects the mood of your painting.

The Mind-Blowing History – And Price – Of the World’s Most Expensive Painting

The honor of having the most expensive painting ever sold goes to Vincent Van Gogh. We all know Van Gogh’s interesting life story — How he sold only one painting during his life, how he sliced off his own ear and sent it to a prostitute, took his own life in an asylum — but the story of this painting is almost as interesting. The #1 Most Expensive Painting of All Time is a portrait of Van Gogh’s doctor, Doctor Gachet, painted in 1890.

The Top 5 Most Expensive Painters of All Time – They Dominate the Top 10 List

If you look at a list of the 10 most expensive paintings ever sold in auctions, only 5 artists dominate the list. You can probably guess 2 of them — but the others may surprise you.

Popular Painting Styles – Realism Painting

The realism painting style depicts life as it actually appears without added glorification, drama or emotion. This movement attempts to keep the artist’s interpretation to a bare minimum. Read this article for more information about this important painting style including important tips for students.

Popular Painting Styles – Impressionistic Painting Adds Immediacy and Movement

Impressionistic painting was a reaction to the more precisely crafted and classically styled techniques of the old masters. This movement, (roughly 1860 -1900), brought artists out of the studio and into the open air to observe the every day life of the middle and lower classes. Learn this vibrant painting style to add a sense immediacy and movement to your artwork.

Why So Many Old Masters Used Impasto Painting Techniques

The impasto painting technique involves varying the thickness and texture of paint on the canvas. This results in paintings that offer an exciting emotional response that is quite different from artwork with a more uniform application of paint. If well done, the subject of a piece of art will almost appear to leap out of its frame. Read this article to learn more about using this painting method for your own art.

Create Canvas Paintings by Adding Paint Effects With Digital Manipulation

One of the best things about using digital manipulation and adding in paint effects is that you can use as many layers of paint as you want, without waiting it for it to dry! You can also pick any different type of brush that you want, such as a block brush to add in blocky effects around your brush strokes or choosing a round, wide brush to soften the area completely.

Popular Painting Styles – Alla Prima Techniques Add Freshness

Alla prima painting techniques are often said to result in a fresher more spontaneous feel than other painting methods because they are completed quickly while in the midst of inspiration. This article will describe how to breathe life into your painting using this popular painting style.

Western Art – Washington Color School – The Realm of Western Painters

Washington Color School – The History – The color painters residing in Washington DC started one of the most dominant art movements of the late 20th century, Washington Color School, during 1960s. In fact, the Washington Color School originally refers to a group of six key painters, who participated in the exhibition ‘Washington Color Painters,’ held at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, in 1965.

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