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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!

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How to Beat the Empty White Canvas

How do we get over the fear of the Great White? The big empty space? That white paper or white canvas that

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Best Oil Paints

There is a very large choice of oil paint out there. And the price range is equally large! A tube of oil

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Vlog: 6 Tips for Painting Portraits from Photos

Many of us paint portraits from photos. We can’t afford to hire a model, we don’t always have commissions, a model makes

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How to Avoid Common Painting Mistakes

We all make mistakes. Imagine what the world would look like if we didn't. I often explain my painting method as one

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Vlog: 6 Tips for Painting Portraits from Photos

Many of us paint portraits from photos. We can’t afford to hire a model, we don’t always have commissions, a model makes

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A Review of Rublev Oils

Rublev oils are a unique paint in that they set out to only use historic pigments and provide us with the paints

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Vlog: The Art of Pastel Magazine

I just found a new magazine (well, for me it is new) on pastel painting in a local newsagent. It's called The

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How Does Artwork Archive Work? A Review

Artwork Archive is a database program especially made for artists, collectors and galleries. Because it is made for artists it is different from

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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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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: 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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