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09-29-2017, 06:55 AM
Short lessons and videos to help you improve your painting skills.

10-06-2017, 09:45 AM
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When you have an imprimatura on your canvas before you start to paint, it helps you judge values better, and it can also provide a base for optical color mixing effects. Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson:

10-11-2017, 11:35 AM
I painted “Sunset over Sand City” in the industrial district on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It is based on a strong notan composition that I created at the beginning of the plein air painting process. It takes about five minutes to produce a good notan composition, saving canvas, paint, and hours if the composition does not work.
Read more information on how to do it in my free lesson: https://www.virtualartacademy.com/oil-painting-techniques-structured-notan
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09-20-2018, 12:00 PM
Sometimes you arrive at a scene and just cannot find a good composition. What do you do? Just carry on regardless?

Here is a suggestion. Instead of starting on a painting you know is going to fail, why not turn it into a learning experience? For example, you could:

Try to capture they main colors of just a part of the scene in front of your as accurately as possible (as I did here in La Spezia harbor in Italy). A kind of color map or a color study.