10 Watercolor Painting Techniques for New Artists

Different Types of Watercolor Techniques.

There are several watercolor painting techniques that every new artist should practice to make their paintings the best they can be. New artists should try these watercolor painting techniques on scrap watercolor paper before you apply them to your own watercolor paintings. Testing them out will help you decide how to incorporate them in landscapes, still life and portraits. Wet and Dry Brush Painting Techniques To create a wide range of textures you need to know how to manipulate the paint. The wetness or dryness of the paint on the brush or paper affects the texture. Here is how to … Continue reading

Tutorial of Skin Tone with a Painting Software

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By Alina Bradford How to Use Photoshop or Corel to Create Realistic Skin Tones Creating realistic skin tones is one of the hardest things to do in any kind of painting, that doesn’t excluded art programs like Photoshop or Corel. For the most part, art programs are similar enough to that you can use this tutorial for no matter what kind you have. Step One I am using just a part of a larger painting so that we can focus on the process. First, I decided what kind of skin tone I wanted my person to have. Forget about classifying … Continue reading



An estimated 2 million Canadians come out to celebrate arts and culture   TORONTO, September 29, 2014 – Over 7,500 free arts and cultural activities in some 873 Canadian cities and town, were hosted by artists and cultural organizations of all types this past weekend during the 5th anniversary Culture Days weekend on September 26, 27 & 28. Giving the public unique and fun opportunities to explore the inner workings of the world of artists and cultural organizations through free, hands-on, behind the scenes and interactive activities, Culture Days has become a highly anticipated event across Canada every year. The … Continue reading

How to Paint on Yupo with Oil Paints

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By Alina Bradford Yupo is a waterproof, synthetic paper that is traditionally used for packaging and advertisement printing. With many artists, though, Yupo has become a canvas for their paintings. While this is a non-traditional support, it is an interesting surface to experiment with oils because the surface is so different from any other type of support. Getting Loose Strokes with Yupo Though Yupo comes in various different weights and strengths, for the most part it is very slippery or silky in texture. The surface has no tooth to grab the paint which results in the paint sliding around on … Continue reading

Oil Painting Terms for New Artists

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By Alina Bradford Oil painting has many terms that need to be learned before picking up a brush. Here are terms and tips you need to know. Value Value is the graduation of a color from light to dark. By varying the values in a painting you can achieve what is called contrast, or the sharp difference between light and dark. Adding contrast to a painting adds depth and interest. To see the difference in value in your subject simply put on sunglasses. Your sunglasses will keep you from seeing the actual color, and leave you with just lights and … Continue reading

University of Richmond Museums Opens Two New Exhibitions at the Joel And Lila Harnett Museum of Art

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The 2014 Harnett Biennial Of American Prints and Mary Fisher: Messages from My Sketchbook October 28 to December 12, 2014 The 2014 Harnett Biennial of American Prints is the eleventh competitive national exhibition organized by the University of Richmond Museums and is a celebration of contemporary printmaking by artists throughout the United States. The juror, Mary Fisher, artist, author, advocate, and social entrepreneur, selected prints by 45 artists from 24 states from entries submitted by 209 artists. The exhibition is on view from October 28 to December 12, 2014. Fisher is an American designer who has survived AIDS and cancer … Continue reading

Earth Friendly Art Supplies for Artists

By Alina Bradford Pens, Pencils, Markers, Paints and More Perfect for Earth Day There are more earth friendly resources than ever for the green artist thanks to environmentally responsible art supplies. Art supply companies have come out with green paints, pencils, pens, markers, papers and more that makes it easy to be eco-friendly on Earth Day and all-year-round. Environmentally Sound Pencils and Pens When an artist throws away a mechanical pencil or pen it may stay in the landfill for centuries before it wastes away, according to an article by Scientific American. This plastic can also leach chemicals into groundwater … Continue reading

UR Museums and UR School of Law Announce Guantanamo Programs

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University Of Richmond Museums and University of Richmond School of Law announce programs in conjunction with the exhibition Janet Hamlin: Sketching Guantanamo Opening on September 11, and on view at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University Museums, through November 21, 2014, is the exhibition Janet Hamlin: Sketching Guantanamo. The University of Richmond Museums and the University of Richmond Law School announce programs in conjunction with the exhibition. The exhibition features a selection of drawings and sketchbooks by artist Janet Hamlin (American, born 1961) who has worked as a courtroom sketch artist at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base tribunals since … Continue reading

Corel Expands AfterShot™ Product Line with New Photo Management App

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New member of the AfterShot family makes RAW conversion and photo management more affordable on Windows Ottawa, ON – September 11, 2014 – Corel’s Photo Editing group is growing its photo software lineup with the introduction of a new member of the Corel® AfterShot™ product family. Based on the power of the recently releasedAfterShot™ Pro 2, Corel now also offers the new AfterShot™ 2 for Windows, giving photo enthusiasts a sophisticated and powerful RAW photo editing and adjustment application at a highly affordable price. “With the launch of AfterShot 2, Corel is addressing three trends. One, enthusiasts today have thousands … Continue reading

Share MTSU President’s Fondness for China at New Photo Exhibit

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MURFREESBORO — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee’s collection of photos from more than a decade of visits to China are the focus of a special exhibit at the university’s Todd Art Gallery Sept. 10-12 to help celebrate MTSU’s Founder’s Day. The free public exhibit, “China: Through the Eyes of an American University President,” is presented by MTSU Arts and features more than 300 digital images and 30 large prints in 14 different categories. The photos commemorate McPhee’s visits to more than 100 Chinese towns, cities and provinces during his tenure as MTSU’s 10th president. The brief campus exhibit will then … Continue reading