4 ways with blind contour drawing

4 ways with blind contour drawing

  I’ll try not to do too much preamble since if you’ve been hanging around here with me for any length of time you’ll know I can get a bit evangelical about blind contour drawing. ;) So I’ll just say, if you haven’t tried it, here...
How to create source material for paintings

How to create source material for paintings

  Art is a wily beast. Sometimes it flows out like we’re possessed; other times it’s like we’ve forgotten how to make a tiny mark with a pencil. That’s why it’s helpful to have your own evolving personal library of inspiration. My...
One simple tip for developing your paintings

One simple tip for developing your paintings

  I love this one – it often tends to blow people’s minds a bit when I suggest doing it in my courses, and it really can be so helpful for seeing with fresh eyes. What is it? Using a viewfinder. For anyone unfamiliar, a viewfinder is, at its simplest,...
How do you know when a painting is finished?

How do you know when a painting is finished?

I wrote a post about this six years ago {?!}. In some ways my work and perspectives have changed a lot since then, in others, less so. But it’s a topic that bears revisiting, if only because it challenges so many of us. How DO you know when a painting is...
28 Painting Prompts and Actions: A free download

28 Painting Prompts and Actions: A free download

Recently I’ve had a few paintings lying around that just seem to defy completion. Having tried all my usual tactics, I decided to create a kind of ‘art magic eight ball’ {magic art ball?!} situation for myself, as a way of attempting to bypass the...

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