As a landscape painter in the United Kingdom, artist Oliver J. Pyle is engaged by the idea of atmosphere and how it relates to painting, using watercolor.Read on to uncover Pyle’s five secrets for creating compelling scenes and atmosphere that have the power to capture the viewer’s eye — and heart. Enjoy!
This demonstration is from “Chords of Color” by Holly Davis in the July/August issue of Magazine.“Chords of Color” By Judy Betts“First, an idea!” as Rex Brandt would say. Ed Whitney said, “If in doubt, repeat the theme,” so I planned to include several cowboys and horses in my painting; however, to simplify the idea I would leave out fences, trees, sky, dogs, cattle, children, vehicles, and barn—any of which might appear in my reference material.
Come to the Dark Side of Pastel PaintingI’m excited to present this powerhouse article from pastel expert Richard McKinley on the importance darkness plays in pastel painting. Without darks, lights don’t shine and colors can lack true depth. Richard talks about how darkness is achieved within the medium, what brands are famous for their darks, and what you can do to feel comfortable painting with them.
13 New Art Products to Inspire You!Artists, painters, lovers of drawing…you deserve top quality art products. From kits and sets that mean you can simply unbox and go to the newest recommendations from your favorite brands and manufacturers. So if you are having “one of those days” turn it around right now with the materials that can be your next inspiration.
Lists Are Great Things for ArtistsSometimes I get list fever, and today this is one of those days. The only list I haven’t made yet is my list of lists!But lists are great things, especially when you are like me, learning painting techniques and trying to apply them consistently and properly. Sometimes, a list of essentials helps me keep it all together in the studio.
Deciding what to paint is one of the most common dilemmas with which painters struggle. Just like hunters seeking prey, most of us are always looking for that certain subject that will motivate us to new artistic heights. This often leads us to profoundly beautiful subjects. As spectacular as many locations may be, it is often the mundane that becomes our final muse.