Some people think that you don’t have to know how to draw to be an abstract painter - of course you do! You should never use abstract painting as an excuse not to learn to draw. I have students who tell me that they can’t draw a stick figure, so instead of learning how to draw, they have decided to take up abstract painting.Read More
For this non-objective (no reference to subject matter) painting I will be utilizing complementary color combination of violet and yellow. Violet will be my dominant color and yellow will be my accent color.Read More
There is a myth out in the art world that you need an art degree to be a good art instructor and/or a good painter. The fact is, that is completely false. A master’s degree is required if you want to teach college courses, but for teaching any other types of classes and workshops a degree is not required. I could be a bit biased here given that I have a degree in architecture, not art.Read More
For this non-objective (no reference to subject matter) painting I will be utilizing an analogous color combination of yellow green, green, blue-green and blue. The yellow-green and green I will use as my accent colors (mostly yellow-green), and the blue-green and blue will dominate the remainder of the painting.Read More
I don’t watch other artists on YouTube, but my students do. They tell me things they hear and ask me if they are true, or usually they simply assume they are true without doing any research to back up what someone says. Lots of what I hear from them ends up being myth, with no substantiation in fact. That brings me to today’s topic of acrylic paint.Read More
I received SO MANY requests for more abstract watercolor painting demo’s. Thank you all for letting me know that you wanted more!
In this video demonstration, I do something a little different. I typically pain in a non-objective manner, meaning I don’t reference any subject matter. In this painting however, I will use a reference to subject matter - trees.Read More
You’re selling your art at an outdoor art festival. The following happens - maybe multiple times in a weekend festival:
Potential Customer: We love your paintings, and in particular this one.
You: Thank you. The inspiration for the painting was…. and it’s ready to take home and hang.
Potential Customer: That’s great. We really love it. You’ll be here all day?
You: Yes, I’ll be here all weekend.
Potential Customer: Ok, thanks. We just got here, so we need to look around a little bit, but We’ll BE BACK.Read More
Have you ever seen or used paint that was listed on the paint tube as “Hue”? For example Cobalt Blue Hue, rather than Cobalt Blue. Do you know what the word “Hue” means with regard to paint pigments? Years ago when I first saw this on a paint jar, I wasn’t sure what it meant. It was less expensive so I thought maybe the paint was not as high in quality as the regular paint. I was wrong, and maybe you have been too.Read More
Here is my first ever watercolor abstract painting demonstration on video. I hope you’ll grab your watercolor painting gear and paint along with me. Although the video is a bit long, I know how you watercolor painters like to see how everything is done. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these demos.Read More