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Thumbnails—Your Ticket to Better Compositions

Just like a house needs a solid foundation for support, so too does a successful painting. One of the best ways of insuring this is to focus on composition and design elements prior to applying pastel to the surface.As painters, we are often reminded that the ability to draw is essential to a successful painting.
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Mixing Your Watercolor Mediums

An Artist Tests:Winsor Newton Watercolor MediumsMost of you would probably agree with Birgit O’Connor when she says, “I don’t have any tricks; I’m just painting with my brushes and water.” Nonetheless, there may come a time in your painting life when you feel the need to experiment with watercolor mediums, which are substances you add to paint in order to achieve effects that aren’t possible with pure transparent watercolor.
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Updated Alizarin

Q. In 1965, several oil paint technologists warned artists against mixing alizarin crimson with any of the earth colors (the umbers, ochres, siennas and red oxides). They said the iron oxide in these earth pigments would react with and gradually decompose alizarin, and that 20-25 years later the alizarin would be completely black.
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Pastel Tutorial | How to Paint Water

There’s pleasure to be found in painting bodies of water of every kind—from lakes and rivers to coves and oceans—but the rushing waters of a mountain stream are particularly exciting. Albert Handell shares his step-by-step tutorial of painting falling water, as featured in the August 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal.
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Kevin Macpherson: Colorful Impressionist Landscapes

Master landscape colorist Kevin Macpherson is a plein air impressionist who is passionate about sharing his skills with other artists through informative workshops, books, and DVDs. Here, he answers questions regarding his training, his technique, and his popular teaching style.Interview by Allison MalafronteInspired (Reims Cathedral)oil, 14 x 11.
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Portrait Painting | Composition Tips

By Ilaria Rosselli Del TurcoThe painting Geneva, which was a finalist for the BP Portrait Award in 2010 at London’s National Portrait Gallery, was completed in one day and was inspired by Italian Renaissance profile portraits in which the head is placed following geometrical principles.The paint application is allowed quite a bit of freedom, but this profile is painted with an geometric substructure to the composition:The tip of the subject’s nose is placed halfway down the height of the portrait (see line CF).
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