Using Different Techniques Together in Harmony

I recently put the finishing touches on my new painting, Maryvale, Cows (see below). I painted from this photo taken last year at Maryvale, Queensland. It was Chontele’s 30th and we stayed in this beautiful cabin in the hinterlands. As we were leaving for home, I remember asking Chontele to stop the car so I could take some reference … Read more

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (And Rewards) Of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Expert from the introduction: “This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially-statistically speaking-there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so … Read more

Broken Color Techniques

Broken color is a wonderful technique. Done well and your colors will vibrate and shimmer. It can transform even the most basic of subjects. Take Monet’s haystack series for example. Let’s take a look at some of the techniques you can use to convey broken color. The Multicoloured Brush Strokes How to perform: Pick up a … Read more

Tree, Dappled Light, Overcast

Full Video Key Takeaways:  Time-Lapse Finished Painting Progress Shots Reference Photo Click here to download the full resolution reference photo. If you ever want to learn more, you might be interested in my Painting Academy course. Thanks! Dan Scott

Same Subject, Different Conditions

One of Claude Monet’s defining processes was to paint the same subject over and over again under different conditions. The constant subject allowed him to carefully study the often subtle relationships between color and light. I have been following in Monet’s footsteps for the last two months. Every few days, I go for a run … Read more