Painting Tips

Three Alternative Ways to Paint a Green Background

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In this blog post I present some options for handling the bright green backgrounds that often occur in reference photos of animals....

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Tips for Taking Better Photographs of Your Dog

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The biggest limitations to using a customer's own photos as a reference for a painting are usually quantity and quality. Here are some suggestions for taking better photos of your favorite family members....

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How to Paint Green Landscapes

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In this blog post I show some ways to paint landscapes without using out-of-the-tube greens and some strategies for using greens more effectively. The suggestions I've provided can be applied to any style of painting. ...

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Painting Tip #1: A Simple Way to Improve a Sky Painting

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For an artist there is nothing better than having good paintings on hand, ready to sell. And turning an old painting into a better one will make you happier than finding money in an old coat pocket....

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Painting Tip #2: Simplify the Landscape

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This is an older plein air painting that I reworked in the studio. I simplified the composition and added a few sheep for added interest....

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