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Painting Tip ‘r Tools

This is a special art instruction series emailed out to the Master oil painting community each week. Below is the collection of past Tip ‘r Tools to browse and enjoy – simply click on a topic to read more about it. be sure to join our community so you stay up to date with the newest training!

Composition Tips for Oil Painting Aspen Trees from Photos

Composition Tips for Oil Painting Aspen Trees from Photos

Do you struggle with composition in your paintings, especially when using photo references? With the assistance of several of my aspen tree paintings from the last 20 years, I will show you how I compose my paintings while using photo references. The key is to not become a slave to the photo.I share some tips about what I look for in photos and what I ignore or toss out to make the design stronger.

Can You Mix Different Paint Brands?

Can You Mix Different Paint Brands?

Today's Question: Am I able to mix different brands of paint, or will that eventually cause issues with my painting? Answer: Yes, it's perfectly acceptable to mix different brands. In fact, most professional artists use more than one brand of paint because they've...

My Preferred Palette Scraper Alternative

My Preferred Palette Scraper Alternative

Today's Tool: Palette Scraper Although some artists love to paint with them, one of the primary purposes of a palette knife is cleaning our palettes. Even though I do use mine for scraping up wet paint piles to save for later, a palette knife doesn’t work nearly as...

Why Do You Prefer Painting Wet on Wet?

Why Do You Prefer Painting Wet on Wet?

Q: Why do you prefer painting wet on wet rather than letting one layer dry before painting another? A: Generally I prefer wet on wet because I love how the edges of shapes swirl together, like the foliage of one tree combining in spots with the foliage of a tree...

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