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…

Book Review: Daily Painting by Carol Marine

I’m always on the lookout for more art books that will help me learn how to be an artist, but many of them don’t focus on the concept of painting daily. This is a review for the book Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carole…

Dominant Notan Practice

I am practicing my notans more and more since so many artists stress that a good value plan for your painting is so absolutely vital for it to be successful. In this post I am looking at notans that have dominant values.

If you want to learn more about creating notans then you should definitely…

Planning a Composition Around Notans

My next exercise for the Virtual Art Academy is to design a number of notans with a focus on sub-dominant values. What does this mean? A notan is typically made of two, three or four different values. A sub-dominant value is when one of those values takes up 50% or more of the composition.

If…