5 fun ways to use charcoal

5 fun ways to use charcoal

  The number one issue people seem to have with charcoal is that it’s messy. That’s true, but so is paint! {Or at least it is the way I use it. ;)} We don’t make art to be orderly and contained – we do it to express! And charcoal is such a...
One simple trick to make better paintings

One simple trick to make better paintings

  Let me preface this with a caveat – I endeavour not to use qualitative statements about art. No ‘good’, ‘bad’, and therefore also no ‘better’ or ‘worse’. Value judgements are both arbitrary and not helpful,...
16 ways to make a painting more abstract

16 ways to make a painting more abstract

  One of the most popular questions I hear from artists is some variation on ‘how can I make a painting more abstract?’ So many of us come from a background that told us ‘good art = realistic art”, and it can be hard to break away from...
What we can learn from the masters

What we can learn from the masters

I’m a huge fan of art history and learning about other artists, both alive and long gone. Exploring the lives and work of those who’ve gone before us offers context, depth, and an opportunity for greater skill and richness in our own work. And it’s...

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