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Rosemary and Co

Rosemary and Co Brush Review – Ultimate Bristle Series

By Dan Scott / April 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Rosemary and Co Brush Review – Ultimate Bristle Series

Rosemary and Co brushes are my preferred brush providers. This review relates to their Ultimate Bristle line of oil paint brushes. Manufacturer A note from Rosemary and Co’s founder: “I’ve been making brushes for 38 years and supplying artists by mail order. I’m fortunate that my trade has allowed me to travel the world both … Read more

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John Singer Sargent Painting Plein Air

Plein Air Painting Setup

By Dan Scott / August 5, 2019 / 18 Comments

Since my last post on simplifying a complex scene, I have had several readers ask about my plein air painting setup. So, in case anyone else is curious, I have put together this post about what I have in my setup and why I have it. I cover: Requirements of the Plein Air Setup I … Read more

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Claude Monet's Palette

Artist Palettes – The Different Types of Palettes for Painting

By Dan Scott / August 13, 2018 / 16 Comments

The artist palette is an essential piece of equipment for holding and mixing your paint. There are many different types of artist palettes you can choose from, such as the classic wooden palette, or more contemporary options like glass or disposable palettes. In this post, I will run through some of the different options so … Read more

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Rembrandt's Studio

Art Studio Lighting – How to Properly Light Your Art Studio

By Dan Scott / August 8, 2018 / 25 Comments

Setting up lighting for your art studio has to be one of the most frustrating aspects of being an artist. I only recently got my studio lighting to a point where I am generally satisfied. Before that it was either too dim, bright, cool, warm or glary. It has been no easy task getting to … Read more

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Canvas Boards For Oil Or Acrylic Painting

Canvas for Oil or Acrylic Painting

By Dan Scott / July 30, 2018 / 3 Comments

This post will guide you through some of the different types of canvas you can paint on so that you can decide what canvas to use for your next painting. Canvas is one of the most popular supports for painting for the following reasons: Paint binds well to the canvas weave. It is archival, depending on … Read more

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François Boucher, Male Drawing

Best Drawing Pencils For Artists – The Ultimate Buyers Guide

By Dan Scott / July 15, 2018 / 9 Comments

This is a buyer’s guide for the best drawing pencils for artists. But before I get into it, you should note that none of these pencils will make you a better artist. You may find some pencils more comfortable to use, but they all do essentially the same thing and they are all capable of … Read more

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Paint Brush Anatomy

Artist Paint Brushes – The Ultimate Guide

By Dan Scott / April 18, 2018 / 16 Comments

Your paintbrush should feel like an extension of your arm. But, all the different kinds of artist brushes which are available can sometimes only add confusion to the painting process, rather than making it easier. In this post, I discuss the different kinds of artist paint brushes which are available for you to use. Anatomy … Read more

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10 Useful Painting Accessories

By Dan Scott / March 26, 2018 / 2 Comments

It is no secret that painting is hard! So here are some painting accessories to make your painting journey just a bit easier. These accessories are not essential by any means, but you may find them useful depending on how you like to paint. If you use any other painting accessories which are not included … Read more

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The Best Colored Pencils – A Detailed Review for Artists

By Dan Scott / December 3, 2017 / 10 Comments

Colored pencils are a fantastic medium – they are easy to use, the cleanup time is minimal and you get exposure to the wonderful world of color. But with so many great brands of colored pencils available, it can be confusing to determine which colored pencils you should go with. In this post, I will … Read more

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10 Awesome Gift Ideas For Artists And Other Creative Types

10 Perfect Gift Ideas for Artists for 2022

By Dan Scott / November 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Let’s go through some awesome gift ideas for your artistic friends… or just for yourself! Areaware Brush Vase This is the perfect gift for any painter friends. It will hold pens, flowers or even…. paintbrushes. Artist Survival Kit in Brush Basin The perfect gift for someone who is struggling to keep their paintbrushes in great … Read more

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