Blog: Painting Tips

This blog is full of painting tips and techniques, product reviews and much more. Many are aimed at the beginning artists but there is plenty of the professional as well. The series called Busting the Myths of Oil Painting is very popular and has some lively debates in the comments. There are articles on art materials, pastel and techniques. I hope you will find the articles useful and fun.

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Busting the Myths of Oil painting

Busting the Myths of Oil Painting: Fat over Lean

Scared of Oils Updated November 2017 A recent article in a main UK art magazine…

Busting the Myths of Oil Painting: Supports

An oil painting should be done on canvas, right? Wrong. It can be painted on…

In Defense of Working from Photos

Image: Rembrandt, The Artist in his Atelier, 1629 I am so pleased that slowly the…

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

Working with good quality paint does not make you paint better and become rich and…

The World of Easels….

The World of Easels… … is fairly small in the UK. For years I have…

Oil Painting: Toxicity in Oils

Busting the Myths of Oil Painting Updated October 2017 A Hot Topic  amongst many (beginning)…

Busting the Myths of Oil Painting: Starting Out

Many people ask me how to get started in oil paints. I have written on…

Safe Studio: Oil Painting without Solvents

In this blog post I would like to discuss how to keep your artist studio…

Pastel

Best Pastel Papers

Updated November 2017 to add Mi-Teintes Touch Over the years I have worked with quite…

The Dusty Side: Soft Pastel

Updated December 2017 Pastel is one of the loveliest art materials out there. It is…

How to Care for a Pastel Painting

Last week I wrote a blog post about pastel and this week I would like…

A Pastel Portrait of my Son

The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists is having its bi-annual Portrait Prize exhibition on right…

Two Cushions

I like piles of fabric. I love the simplicity of painting a simple pile of…

Materials

Hughes Easel

As you might have read in an earlier post I have been on the hunt…

My Essentials

Every artist has their favourite materials and ways of doing things, their own essential gear.…

Online Art Shops Stuck in the Past?

I spend a lot of time online. I know. Never mind. 😉 I purchase all…

Art Materials: New Discoveries

I like trying out new products. So if I can afford it I tend to…

Technique

Painting Lace

Painting lace is an everlasting challenge. Not ever will I manage to perfectly suggest its…

Painting The Textures of Lace

While I am working on a series of new works for my show at Catto Gallery (spring…

Working on The Duchess (incl. video)

In a couple of weeks my exhibition at Catto Gallery opens. I created a new…

FAQ’s Painting Technique

  A lot of businesses have a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQ)  page, in fact a…