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.



  • Wikiart – For exploring artists and artworks.
  • Google Arts and Culture – For exploring artists and artworks.
  • Wikicommons – For high-resolution photos of master artworks.
  • Met Museum – For high-resolution photos of master artworks.
  • Lines and Colors – A simple blog that shares master artists.
  • Draw Mix Paint – A website by Mark Carder and a great resource for those who want to learn how to paint realism with oils. He also creates many useful tools for artists.
  • Gurney Journey – A blog by James Gurney. If there is anything I am unsure about in the world of painting, I check out his blog.
  • The Art Story – A huge database of art history.
  • Wet Canvas – The top forum for fine artists.


  • Steve Huston – Remarkable artist and teacher.
  • Glenn Vilppu – For drawing education. He has a wonderful style.
  • Jeff Watts – Artist, teacher, and founder of the Watts Atelier.
  • Proko – Drawing and general art videos by Stan Propopenko. He was a student of Jeff Watts.


  • Skeleton Model – If you do any figure drawing, it’s worth having one of these in your studio.
  • Color Charts – If you have done any color charts, keep them visible in the studio. They are a useful reference when faced with a challenging color to mix. Refer to this post to see an example of color charts.
  • Local museums and exhibitions – There’s nothing like seeing masterful paintings up close.

I’m sure I’ve missed some, but that’s what I can think of at the moment.

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Dan Scott


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