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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Searching For Starter Oil Colors/Palette

Starting a new artistic medium is a big challenge; there is so much to learn and it can be so overwhelming. When it comes to oil painting there are a number of factors to consider, for example; brands of oil paint, types of solvents and their potentially harmful effects, color choice, brush types and sizes,…