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Inspiration and Practical Tips for Artists and Art Lovers

Sophie is an artist, writer, tutor and art historian. On this blog you will find painting tips and techniques, art history, exhibition reviews and  more. Tuesdays are posting days!

Sophie’s Blog

Busting the Myths of Painting
Practical Tips for Artists
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My Favourite Book on Drawing

Why Draw?If you draw a lot you get better at painting. If you draw a lot you'll learn to see. If you

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Pets in Pastel

Painting pets in pastel is one of the most popular art genres in the world. Thousands of amateur and professional artists use

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Are Pastel Starter Sets a Good Place to Start?

If you have no pastels at all and you want to dip your toe into this dusty medium, a starter set would

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RWA Open Exhibition 2019: Review

The Royal West of England Academy of Art is having its 167th annual open exhibition. The exhibition shows well over 600 works

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25 Oil Painting Tips

A Free Ebook to get your painting skills up to the next level

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Top 10 Best Books on Painting

The top 10?  Well, maybe a top 11 or 12. And that’s not counting the ones I don’t know about and you do. There are a lot of books on painting out there. And I mean a lot. They range

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Oil Painting: The Fat over Lean Rule

Scared of OilsA recent article in a main UK art magazine made me remember why I took so long to discover the joys and beauty of using oil paint. Although oil paint is one of the oldest and widely used

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Oil Painting: Toxicity in Oils

0 shares Share0 Share +10 Tweet0 Pin0 Share0Updated May 2018A Hot Topic  amongst many (beginning) oil painters is the toxicity of working with oils. Many people refer to the unpleasant smell of oil paints and so choose to stay away.

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Basic Pastel Painting Techniques for Beginners

Do you want to try painting in soft pastel but you are not sure where to start? Check out these basic pastel painting techniques to get you going.Soft pastel is one of the most fun painting mediums: it is direct,

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