Art Newsletter

On Changing Style

By Dan Scott / July 13, 2022 / Comments Off on On Changing Style

I completed two paintings in June 2022: Brisbane City, Mist and Brisbane City, White Light. The first follows a more impressionist style, with dynamic brushwork, exaggerated color, and simplified detail. The latter follows a more realistic style, with fine rendering, restrained colors, and careful detailing. Changing style requires a change in mindset. Painting in an impressionist style requires … Read more

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Steve Huston, Book Extracts (1)

My Go-To Resources for Theory

By Dan Scott / July 1, 2022 / Comments Off on My Go-To Resources for Theory

This follows on from my recent email: Why Theory Is Important. A few readers asked what my go-to resources are for learning theory. Below are a few off the top of my head. Books Alla Prima II by Richard Schmid – A must-read for aspiring artists. Covers technique and fundamental principles. The Art Spirit by Robert … Read more

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Frederick McCubbin, The Letter, 1884, Detail 1

The Letter by Frederick McCubbin

By Dan Scott / June 20, 2022 / Comments Off on The Letter by Frederick McCubbin

Your inspiration for today is The Letter by Frederick McCubbin. (Click here to download a high-resolution photo of the painting.) Some key notes and observations: The subject is ambiguous and open to interpretation. What is the letter? Who is the lady? There’s an interesting play between the shadowed foreground and the light background. Notice how … Read more

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On Selling Your Work

By Dan Scott / June 17, 2022 / Comments Off on On Selling Your Work

​Earlier this year, I had to let this painting go to a new home.  It’s bitter-sweet when you sell a painting. Especially when it’s a personal favorite. On one hand, you sold a painting! No easy task as I’m sure you’re aware. On the other hand, it’s hard to let a painting go after all … Read more

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On the True Value of an Artwork

By Dan Scott / June 17, 2022 / Comments Off on On the True Value of an Artwork

I was out driving earlier this week and one of my favorite songs came on the radio. It used to be my go-to for study and workout motivation back in university. This song sparks the same uplifting feelings in me today as it did back then, some 15 years ago. It also sparks memories of … Read more

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Henry Hensche – Master Colorist

By Dan Scott / June 15, 2022 / Comments Off on Henry Hensche – Master Colorist

I’m writing to share with you an artist by the name of Henry Hensche. A reader let me know about his work earlier this week. I spent the last hour exploring his website. His work is stunning and unique. His website is also quite informative, if you can look past the dated design. You can … Read more

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Famous Landscape Paintings (Dan’s Favorites)

By Dan Scott / June 1, 2022 / Comments Off on Famous Landscape Paintings (Dan’s Favorites)
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Why Broken Color Is So Effective for Painting the Landscape

By Dan Scott / May 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Why Broken Color Is So Effective for Painting the Landscape

​I often write about the broken color technique. Which basically refers to using a brush or palette knife to create a patchwork of distinct, interwoven colors. You’ll see it up close in many of the top Impressionist paintings. Like Claude Monet’s Haystacks. Or Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Chestnut Tree in Bloom. Broken color is one of my … Read more

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Garden Painting Tips

By Dan Scott / April 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Garden Painting Tips

I recently painted the garden outside my parents’ home. Surprisingly, this was my first time painting a garden scene like this. A good challenge and I think it turned out ok. Below is the finished painting plus some progress shots. I also put together a few garden painting tips for you: Can you use texture … Read more

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Why I Would or Wouldn’t Paint This

By Dan Scott / March 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Why I Would or Wouldn’t Paint This

I’m going to walk you through my thought process in deciding whether or not to paint a certain subject. Below are several reference photos from the library. For each, I’ll determine whether I would or wouldn’t paint it and discuss why. Photo 1 Would I paint this? Yes. Why? The scene has crisp colors and a … Read more

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