Painting Tips

Winslow Homer, Boys in a Dory, 1873

Gouache – The Ultimate Guide

By Dan Scott / May 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Gouache – The Ultimate Guide

This is a detailed guide on gouache painting. I’ll cover: What is Gouache? Brief History of Gouache Famous Gouache Artists Why Gouache? What Do You Need to Paint With Gouache? General Tips Additional Resources What is Gouache?  Gouache (pronounced ‘gwash’) is water-soluble paint that has a matte finish. It is similar to watercolor but is … Read more

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Dan Scott, Noosa, Rocky Shore, 2022

How to Name Your Artwork

By Dan Scott / January 28, 2022 / 61 Comments

Let’s cover a simple but important question: “How should I name my artwork?”  I’ll cover: Simple and Descriptive Hints About the Subject Symbolism Story Feelings, Emotions, and Ideas Artistic Elements Conditions Mystery Making a Statement You Don’t Always Need A Clever Title Simple and Descriptive For most artworks, a simple and descriptive title is sufficient. … Read more

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Dan Scott, Minnippi, Green, Contrast, 2021, 700W

7 Tips for High-Contrast Paintings

By Dan Scott / January 14, 2022 / 53 Comments

I have been fond of painting high-contrast scenes lately. Below is one I’m currently working on, Minnippi, Green, Contrast. High-contrast paintings are stunning when they work, but garish when they don’t. It’s a careful balance between pushing the contrast without overdoing it and whilst making sure the painting works as a whole. In light of … Read more

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Tree Series, Overcast, Elora and Chontele

How to Paint Overlapping Objects

By Dan Scott / December 6, 2021 / 98 Comments

Let’s take a look at how to paint overlapping objects. As you might already know, I’ve been working on a tree series lately. The main challenge with this series has been dealing with the complex arrangement of overlapping objects. All the leaves, branches, sky, grass, dappled light, and shadows are so tightly woven together it … Read more

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Dan Scott, Childhood Painting (2)

Throwback to My Childhood Paintings

By Dan Scott / October 11, 2021 / 137 Comments

I found some of my childhood paintings the other day. They were stored away in a dusty corner of my parents’ garage. I figured you might like to see them. They aren’t masterpieces, but they are invaluable to me as they represent the start of my lifelong journey at the easel. I always find it interesting … Read more

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Dan Scott, Gold Coast, Path to the Sea, 2021

On the Easel: Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

By Dan Scott / August 23, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

Below is Gold Coast, Path to the Sea. I painted this almost entirely with palette knives. I wanted to capture that day’s cool sea breeze, warm sunlight, and crisp colors. Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: Feel free to paint it yourself. I didn’t paint a study for this. Sometimes I … Read more

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Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021

On the Easel: Maryvale, Sunny Landscape

By Dan Scott / July 24, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Maryvale, Sunny Landscape

Just a simple one today: Maryvale, Sunny Landscape. Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021 Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: Feel free to paint it yourself if you like. I also did a couple of color studies for this painting (top left and middle): Details Oil on stretched canvas. 16×20 … Read more

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Dan Scott, Wellington Point, Shimmering Light, 2021

On the Easel: Wellington Point, Shimmering Light

By Dan Scott / June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Wellington Point, Shimmering Light

Below is Wellington Point, Shimmering Light. Perhaps my favorite painting from this year. Dan Scott, Wellington Point, Shimmering Light, 2021 Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: Feel free to paint it for yourself. Just let me know how you go. Details Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. 18 x 24 inches. Main … Read more

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Dan Scott, Wellington Point, High Contrast 2021

On the Easel: Wellington Point, High Contrast

By Dan Scott / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Wellington Point, High Contrast

Below is Wellington Point, High Contrast. This was a fun one. It’s a play of broken color and contrast. Dan Scott, Wellington Point, High Contrast, 2021 Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo: Feel free to try and paint it for yourself. Just let me know how you go. Details Oil on Ambersand gessoboard. … Read more

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Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021

On the Easel: Wellington Point

By Dan Scott / May 5, 2021 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Wellington Point

Below is a painting I did earlier this year, Wellington Point. It captures the beach’s glimmering colors and the tree’s dappled light. Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021 Reference Photo and Study Here’s the reference photo I painted from: I also painted a small color study in preparation: Dan Scott, Wellington Point, 2021, Study Details Oil … Read more

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