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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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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

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Oil Painting: Toxicity in Oils

Updated May 2018A Hot Topic  amongst many (beginning) oil painters is the toxicity of working with oils. Many people refer to the

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Busting the Myths of Oil Painting: Supports

An oil painting should be done on canvas, right? Wrong. It can be painted on a whole host of supports and the

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Oil Painting: What’s in a (Brand) Name

Updated July 2019 to add pollWorking with good quality paint does not make you paint better and become rich and famous, does

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Best Free Online Painting Demonstrations

There are a lot of online painting tutorials. A lot. One could easily spend hours watching them and forget to paint at

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How to Paint an Eye in Pastel

So often people ask how to paint this or that. So often you find tutorials about how to paint something specific. You

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Create Fine Art prints from your Paintings

Creating prints from your art work is a great way to open up your sales. But once you decided to go for

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A Place for Everything Pastel

To blend or not to blend? To fix or not to fix? Do I need to buy those expensive pastels? Where do

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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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Oil Painting: Toxicity in Oils

Updated 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. Others do not like the idea of

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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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