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Gordon Coutts, Waiting, 1896

A Closer Look at Waiting by Gordon Coutts

Let’s take a look at a stunning portrait by Gordon Coutts, Waiting. I first saw this painting at the New South Wales Art Gallery. It stopped me in my tracks, despite it being a subtle painting in a dramatic room. Until that point, I had no idea who Coutts was. But it prompted me to learn … Read more
How to Create Prints of Your Art (2)

How to Create and Sell Prints of Your Art

I recently had prints created for a handful of my paintings. It was a tricky process, but I’m pleased with the outcome. The prints are near-perfect representations of the originals. I’m sharing my experience in case you are interested in having prints created for your own artworks. I’ll cover: Why Prints? Prints are not a … Read more
Thomas Cole, Clouds, 1838

Paintings That Break the Composition Rules

I curated a selection of paintings that break the typical composition rules, yet work. The idea is to demonstrate that composition is not a black and white area. The rules and theories exist for a reason in that they work most of the time. But they should be treated more so as guidelines or suggestions … Read more
Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night

Let’s take a look at Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Café Terrace at Night. I’ll cover: Van Gogh describes it well: “On the terrace, there are little figures of people drinking. A huge yellow lantern lights the terrace, the façade, the pavement, and even projects light over the cobblestones of the street, which takes on a violet-pink … Read more
Erin Hanson, Aspen Forest, 2020

Interview With “Open Impressionism” Artist Erin Hanson

I wrote about Erin Hanson’s work in a recent email. It was a popular one. She’s a remarkable landscape artist based in California. Her work has a distinct style she calls “Open Impressionism”. I’m pleased to have her answer a few questions about her life, philosophy, and work. Q: I understand you are deeply inspired … Read more
Dan Scott, Early Sunrise, Caloundra, 2020

How to Paint the Illusion of Detail

This post is all about how to paint the illusion of detail. That is, how can we trick the eye into thinking there’s more going on than what’s actually there. I’ll cover: What It Means and Why It’s Important First, let’s go over what exactly the illusion of detail means and why it’s important. A … Read more
Claude Monet, Woman With a Parasol, 1875

A Closer Look at Woman With a Parasol by Claude Monet

Let’s take a closer look at Woman With a Parasol by Claude Monet. This painting embodies Impressionism and Monet’s work. A fleeting moment captured with light colors and fresh strokes. I’ll cover: (You can download a high-resolution version of the painting here. You get to see Monet’s strokes with remarkable clarity.) Key Facts and Ideas … Read more
2020 Dan Scott Paintings

2020 Wrap Up

First, thanks for all your support last year. If you read a post, commented, emailed, purchased, or shared-thank you. What a strange and turbulent year it was. Now is a great time to reflect on what went well, what didn’t go well, and what to do in 2021. What Went Well I’m excited to announce … Read more
Edgar Degas, Ballet Dancer With Arms Crossed

A Closer Look at Edgar Degas’ Ballet Dancers

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy.” Edgar Degas Let’s take a closer look at Edgar Degas’ ballet dancers. It’s a large body of work, containing around 1,500 paintings, sketches, pastels, and sculptures. Degas sums them up nicely in the above quote. I cover: A Study of Movement and Life Degas … Read more
Dan Scott, Morning Lookout, October 2020, 700W

How to Paint Color Gradations

This is a detailed guide on how to paint color gradations. I wrote this in light of a recent painting, Morning Lookout (shown below). It’s a study of the early morning’s subtle color gradations just before the sun peers above the horizon line. I cover: Color Gradation Meaning Color gradation refers to the transition from … Read more
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