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Creative Processes

Best Palettes & How to Clean Them

When shopping for painting palettes, there are numerous options available. Here are some of my tried-and-true favourites: Tear Off Palette I use these palettes primarily for my classes due to their convenience. They can be disposed of after use, eliminating the need for cleaning. However, they are not the most cost-effective or environmentally friendly, so […]

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What You May Not Know About Colour

As an artist with over two decades of painting experience, I’ve experimented with various materials, including acrylic and oil paints, soft and oil pastels, and a wide spectrum of colours from different brands. Now, let’s dive into a few essential things about paint colours. Naming Variations Across Brands Different brands might use different names for

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The Importance of Creating an Underpainting

This week I am adding the below portrait to my Brush Flow course, so it felt fitting to talk about the importance of creating an underpainting. Why create an underpainting? Is creating an underpainting, also known as a value study, not just adding extra work and delaying the painting process?Absolutely not! On the contrary, it significantly contributes to a

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Enhancing Visual Drama in Your Paintings: Techniques for Mixing Up Your Marks

When it comes to creating captivating and visually appealing paintings, experimenting with various techniques can make a world of difference. One of the key strategies to infuse more drama and interest into your artwork is by diversifying your marks. This approach not only adds dynamism to your piece but also guides the viewer’s eye through

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When a Painting Isn’t Quite Working, What Do You Do?

It’s a tough one as you’ve already invested a lot time, and abandoning it can feel so disheartening and make you feel like you’ve failed but rest assured, no matter how long you’ve been painting, not all work will be successful. Here are a few things I like to do or try: Walk Away Stepping

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