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Old 09-29-2017, 06:55 AM
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Virtual Art Academy Tips & Techniques

Short lessons and videos to help you improve your painting skills.
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Old 10-06-2017, 09:45 AM
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Re: Virtual Art Academy Tips & Techniques


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:
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/oi...es-imprimatura
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:35 AM
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Re: Virtual Art Academy Tips & Techniques

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/oi...ructured-notan
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Old 09-20-2018, 12:00 PM
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Re: Virtual Art Academy Tips & Techniques

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.


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