Breaking Out of Ruts, or Breaking Out New Art Tools

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, stressed and unable to go on? Sometimes we work and pressure ourselves so much that we did our own ruts and trap ourselves. This was me recently; I got so wrapped up in what defines a successful artist and how I wasn’t “there” yet that I drove myself to the…

Making of The Water Lily

Interested in the process I followed to create The Water Lily painting? This post explains many of the steps that I planned and painted to produce the final painting. It includes my reasoning for color choices, composition and more.

You can see the The Water Lily painting in my portfolio.

I have learned all about…

Do You Experiment?

Do you experiment with new art media? Perhaps it’s a great way for you to relax without the pressure of creating something sellable or “successful”. Maybe it’s a way for you to try your hand at learning a new art form and open up your options and skills? More importantly, experimenting is a great reminder…

Landscape Painting

I’ve been struggling lately. Some days depression just grabs hold of me and doesn’t let go. I have been under its grip for about two to three weeks now.

I have dedicated myself to do little tasks each day, though not pushing myself too hard. This has allowed me to paint my latest landscape. I…

Book Review: The Virtual Art Academy (VAA) Reference Library

I have started publishing art book reviews lately. I was absolutely delighted when Barry John Raybould from the Virtual Art Academy asked me if I was interested in writing a review of the Virtual Art Academy® Reference Library. I have been a member of the Virtual Art Academy for a several months now, dedicatedly following…

Reviewing My Past Notan Studies For Faults

We all know the adage “practice makes perfect”, but it doesn’t work when we practice the same bad habits over and over again. This is why I like strategic learning – regularly reflecting upon progress and setting goals to define improvement.

I have practiced notan sketches a lot lately. An awful lot. I am actually…

Mass Notans of Paintings By The Old Masters

Getting better at something means practicing, a lot. Strategic practice achieves the best results – it helps you to recognise flaws in your work and focus on areas to improve with each new project. This is one of the aspects that Barry John Raybould teaches in his Virtual Art Academy course.

One aspect of strategic…

The Brewing Clouds – A Daily Painting

Painting clouds is an excellent exercise for an artist.

The various lights and darks in the fluffy shapes are an excellent way to practice seeing and painting values. The similar colors make the values much less intimidating for beginners, whilst still providing a challenge for an established artist depending upon the detail level you go…