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Oil Book 4 | Painting a Sunset at Sea

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Oil Book 4 | Painting a Sunset at Sea

To blend, or not to blend? It's the question a lot of oil painters find themselves faced with at some point. Some people swear blending is amateurish and no one should ever do it. Others won't buy art that has too many harsh brushstrokes or lines in it. Is it better to do one or the other? Or are they both right at different times? Personally... I like to blend. I like my paintings to look somewhere between dreamy and real. But even then, hard lines have their place, and they can be useful for different things. In this video...

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Oil Book 3 | Painting Waves and Tips for Painting Water

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Oil Book 3 | Painting Waves and Tips for Painting Water

I used to really dread painting water, but I had to get over that and gain some skill at it for a painting a while back. At first it really puzzled me. Water is a weird thing to imagine. We think it's clear and colorless, but every time we see it in the environment we think it's blue or green, or both, or brown if we're really unlucky. So it is clear, blue, green, brown, all of the above? Why do we think waves are white? Go ahead, imagine some water and paint it from memory. I'll wait. You'll probably...

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Oil Book 2 | Painting Lily Pads

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Oil Book 2 | Painting Lily Pads

Somehow I have completely neglected the blog since March. I have been painting and filming a ton, so here's one of the things I forgot to post about here. I've been painting more sketches in my oil book - a cheap sketchbook that I bought for recording mixtures and color palettes. Gradually it's morphed into something more, a place for me to try new things and practice without the pressure of making it appealing or selling it when it's done. It's really freeing in a way, and some weeks when I'm really busy the only thing I get done art-wise...

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New Vlog: Why I Love Technology in the Art Studio

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New Vlog: Why I Love Technology in the Art Studio

Sometimes other artists tell me they miss the "good old days," but I love living in the modern era of having the entire process inside my studio. I can finish a painting, photograph or scan it, and begin printing it from the same office chair all in the same day. How can you beat that? Frankly, you just can't.

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New Vlog: I HATE My Old Art

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New Vlog: I HATE My Old Art

I hope you enjoy my new vlog recorded as I worked on "Unfamiliar Familiar" and accompanied by a voiceover on hating your old art and how to gain some perspective. I include some tips on critiquing your art and looking at it in new ways to help you pinpoint habitual mistakes and other things that may be holding you back. Happy painting!

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