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Robert Henri, One of the Children of Dooagh, 1924

A Comprehensive Guide To Composition For Artists

By Dan Scott / March 31, 2022 / Comments Off on A Comprehensive Guide To Composition For Artists

“Good composition is like a suspension bridge – each line adds strength and takes none away. No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.” Robert Henri This is a detailed guide on composition. I’ll cover: (If you don’t have time … Read more

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Dan Scott, Maryvale, Sunny Landscape, 2021

Maryvale, Sunny Landscape

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Maryvale, Sunny Landscape

Full Video Key Takeaways:  This painting helped me break out of a creative rut. Simple subjects like this are great to get a quick win under your belt. There’s nothing worse than having a painting go wrong after a dry spell. Simple subjects are challenging in the sense you need to work harder to make … Read more

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Dan Scott, Wellington Point, High Contrast, 2021

Wellington Point, High Contrast

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Wellington Point, High Contrast

Full Video Key Takeaways:  The tree and its cast shadow are linked. This is a form of simplification. Instead of two distinct elements, we have one larger one. The big idea of this painting is color contrast. The high key background against the dark foreground. Much like Claude Monet’s Juan-Les-Pins. Most of my time was spent … Read more

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Dan Scott, Wellington Point, Shimmering Light, 2021

Wellington Point, Shimmering Light

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Wellington Point, Shimmering Light

Full Video Key Takeaways:  The big idea of this painting is the shimmering light on the water. I also like the way the water weaves between the leaves. I provide some tips for painting shimmering light in this newsletter. I painted directly onto the white surface rather than applying a thin wash of color as I … Read more

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Dan Scott, Gold Coast, Sand Dune, 2021

Gold Coast, Sand Dune

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Gold Coast, Sand Dune

Full Video Key Takeaways:  Color temperature is the key feature of this painting. Notice the striking contrast between the cool blues and purples against the tinted yellows and oranges. See my previous newsletter for more details on this. The other key feature is texture, particularly the greenery at the top of the sand dune. This conveys a … Read more

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

Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Gold Coast, Path to the Sea

Full Video Key Takeaways:  The palette knife is a fun tool to paint with. It’s perfect for bold, crisp strokes. You can’t achieve the same effects with a brush. Palette knife work is best paired with a touch of dexterity and finesse. Otherwise, it can come off as brash and sloppy. I worked in a … Read more

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Dan Scott, Minnippi, 2021

Minnippi

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Minnippi

Full Video Key Takeaways:  Time-Lapse Finished Painting Reference Photo Thanks for Reading! Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I appreciate it! Feel free to share with friends. If you want more painting tips, check out my Painting Academy course. Happy painting! Dan ScottDraw Paint Academy

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Dan Scott, Minnippi Parklands, Sunny, 2021

Minnippi Parklands, Sunny

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Minnippi Parklands, Sunny

Full Video Key Takeaways:  When landscape painting, you need to tailor your style, technique, and tools for the environment and conditions. In this case, a clear day means crisp colors and clear reflections in the water. I painted with direct brushwork and distinct colors. I used rich blues for the water at the bottom of … Read more

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Dan Scott, Manly Rock Wall, Moody, 2021

Manly Rock Wall, Moody

By Dan Scott / February 14, 2022 / Comments Off on Manly Rock Wall, Moody

Full Video Key Takeaways:  I started with a thin wash of transparent brown oxide to kill the white surface. This provides me with a more balanced surface to paint on and makes it easier to judge the colors. A key purpose of this painting was to explore the use of palette knives to capture a … Read more

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Dan Scott, Sunset Study, Fraser Island, 2021

Sunset, Fraser Island

By Dan Scott / February 12, 2022 / Comments Off on Sunset, Fraser Island

Full Video Key Takeaways:  This was a speed painting challenge. It took around 35 minutes all up. This is a great test of your instinctive painting abilities. Mood and ambience are the key features. I wasn’t too worried about the drawing. There’s a powerful contrast between the shadows and the warm lights. Notice the thick … Read more

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