Don't "Photo-Copy" Your Next Painting-Updated for 2019

Don't "Photo-Copy" Your Next Painting-Updated for 2019

As artists we sometimes get into a rut using photographs from which to create our work. Photographs are easy because the image they contain is right in front of us. I find that nearly all beginning students completely rely on the image in the photograph as their composition - this is what I refer to as "photo-copying". This is not necessarily their fault because no one has ever taught them about the principles of design and how to utilize those principles to develop a composition. The design of the painting is really more important than the production quality of the finished work. The design is as much the "art" of a piece as the production.

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Acrylic Painting Myth 2: Acrylic Paint is Non-Toxic

Acrylic Painting Myth 2: Acrylic Paint is Non-Toxic

Lots of artists believe that acrylic paint, because it is water-based, is non-toxic. The Health Hazard Warning on the jar or tube says there are no known hazardous ingredients. Of course there are some paints that DO contain hazardous heavy metals in them like Cadmium, Cobalt or Chromium. The labels on those jars typically have a Health Warning that the materials can cause cancer.

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 6

Abstract Painting Process-Part 6

This is video 6 in a 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. You will see me paint this piece in real time. It is spread over 6 videos, but the actual painting sessions are not edited (unless I spend too much time looking without any action), but none of the painting sequences are edited. I am also talking to you the entire time about what I am doing.

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 5

Abstract Painting Process-Part 5

This is video 5 in a 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. You will see me paint this piece in real time. It is spread over 6 videos, but the actual painting sessions are not edited (unless I spend too much time looking without any action), but none of the painting sequences are edited. I am also talking to you the entire time about what I am doing.

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

Abstract Painting Process-Part 4

This is video 4 in a 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. You will see me paint this piece in real time. It is spread over 6 videos, but the actual painting sessions are not edited (unless I spend too much time looking without any action), but none of the painting sequences are edited. I am also talking to you the entire time about what I am doing.

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Abstract Painting Process-Part 3

Abstract Painting Process-Part 3

This is video 3 in a 6-part series illustrating my abstract painting process from start to finish. You will see me paint this piece in real time. It is spread over 6 videos, but the actual painting sessions are not edited (unless I spend too much time looking without any action), but none of the painting sequences are edited. I am also talking to you the entire time about what I am doing.

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