Book Review: Landscape Painting by Mitchell Albala Review

There are SO many books about (oil) painting on the market that it’s really hard to choose which one to buy. This is an in-depth review for the book Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice by Mitchell Albala. I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter review, explaining what that specific chapter covers and whether…

Comparing Values In My Own Paintings

Since I am studying so much about values in art lately, I figured it was only fair to go back to my own past artworks and analyse how effectively I used values. I have known about the concept of values for quite some time, but as I have often learnt knowing theory and practically applying…

Unguided Artwork A Day Oil Painting

This is my first “unguided” oil painting for an artwork a day goal.

I focused a bit on the colors and values for the distant mountain, though I have realised that this could have perhaps been made even more obvious in the painting. The photo had none of these value changes, thus I was doing…

An Artwork A Day #1

The best way to learn any new skill is to practice, practice and practice. Following this principle I want to try to make a painting a day, or as close to it as my schedule allows.

I am completely new to oil paints. I have spent the last few days getting familiar with the sense…

Simplifying Photos for Notans and Value Studies

I’m currently learning about values in art. Part of this process is to learn how to see in values and how to place these values in paintings. If you are struggling to see the values in photos, it really helps to simplify your photos. This post will take you through a few steps on how to…

Interactive Color Value Tools and Apps

Are you learning values and hues and tones? Do you need to practice how you perceive these to help you get better at art? Here are a few resources that will help you learn.

The ios Blendoku 2 game is based on color principles and exercises taught in art schools around the world. Your goal…

Comparing Values In Paintings – The Contemporary

The use of values in your artworks are very important; they can set the mood and draw the eye to a specific focal point. Apparently over time there has been less and less emphasis on the importance of values, with many modern artists not utilizing values to their full ability.

This post will look at…

Comparing Values In Paintings – The Classics

The use of values in your artworks are very important; they can set the mood and draw the eye to a specific focal point. Apparently over time there has been less and less emphasis on the importance of values, with many modern artists not utilizing values to their full ability.

This post will look at…

Brushes For Oil Painting

When it comes to art, so much depends advice is dependant upon the artist’s personal opinions and taste. Certain art styles, such as impressionism vs realism, will need different tools and colors. The same is the case for brushes… I have attempted to collect a list of what is most commonly recommended for beginner artists.