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5 Top Tips for Getting Started Painting in Oils

A lot of artists want to begin painting in oils, but they worry that it will be complicated. But not only does oil painting not have to be scary, it can be easy getting started. Here are five tips for easier oil painting. Read more

Composition Made Easy

Can composition be made easy? I’m not sure, but I know one thing it doesn’t have to be: Bound by Rules. When people are talking about composition they love to hand out rules. The Rule of the Focal Point. The Rule of Thirds. The Rule of Odds. The Rule of Overlapping. The Rule of Leading Lines. So many rules. You might feel like quitting before you start. Read more…

How Not to be Afraid of Painting in Oils

As an artist and teacher I often hear from other artists who would like to try painting in oils but are afraid to. Artists’ oil paint gets a bad rap. Read more…

What Makes Art?

For me a painting begins with a photograph. Or with an idea, before the photograph exists. Or with an idea that springs from the photographic image. But without the photograph, there is no painting. For it’s a deep exploration into the image the camera has caught that tells me what significance might be here. Read more…