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Dan Scott, Honeymoon Bay, Tasmania, 2019

Painting Honeymoon Bay, Tasmania

By Dan Scott / March 23, 2019 / 50 Comments

In this post, I walk you through my painting of the stunning Honeymoon Bay in Tasmania. This is a large-scale painting done on a 24×30 inch canvas in oils. Dan Scott, Honeymoon Bay, Tasmania, 2019 Reference Photo and Analysis Below is the reference photo I painted from. It was taken under the bright, midday sun. … Read more

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Camille Pissarro, Landscape Painted on Palette, c.1878

How To Oil Paint Without Using Solvents Or Mediums

By Dan Scott / October 22, 2018 / 25 Comments

One of the most common reservations artists have with oil painting is the use of harsh chemicals like solvents and mediums. To a beginner, these additional supplies can seem overwhelming. Painting is hard enough without the added confusion of mediums and solvents. But you do not need to use additional solvents and mediums in oil painting. … Read more

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Tasmania Reference Photo - What Makes A Great Reference Photo To Paint

5 Things To Do Before You Start Your Painting

By Dan Scott / July 22, 2018 / 8 Comments

I previously wrote about 11 things you should do after you finish your painting, so I thought it only makes sense to also write about what you should do before you start. I am a firm believer that some of the most important work happens before you even pick up your brush. Below are some … Read more

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Claude Monet, Self Portrait in His Atelier (Unfinished Image), 1884

5 Tips For Painting Faster And More Efficiently

By Dan Scott / July 12, 2018 / 29 Comments

When you watch some of the top artists paint, you may be wondering how they do it so fast! They seem to make every stroke without hesitation and the canvas quickly takes form and fills with color. The reason they are able to paint so fast is mostly due to experience. The top artists are … Read more

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Claude Monet, Seacoast At Saint-Adresse, Sunset, 1864

Oil Painting – The Ultimate Guide For Beginners

By Dan Scott / June 28, 2018 / 12 Comments

Introduction So you want to learn oil painting? I prepared this comprehensive guide to help you on your journey. Oil paints are one of the most popular artistic mediums and for good reason. They are versatile, archival and economical. But oil painting can be a struggle to pick up. There are some “rules” you need to … Read more

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Reference Photo Analysis

Oil Painting Tutorial For Beginners – Overcast Day In Bali

By Dan Scott / June 17, 2018 / 10 Comments

I recently put the finishing touches on a painting based on a photo from my Bali travels. It was an overcast day and we were walking through a temple which was claimed by monkeys. The temple was situated amongst the trees on the top of a cliff. The winding path around the side of the cliff … Read more

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Brent Cotton, Plein Air On A Boat

Artist Spotlight – Brent Cotton Demonstrates How To Use Color And The Palette Knife

By Dan Scott / April 6, 2018 / 8 Comments

I recently interviewed a fantastic artist by the name of Brent Cotton. He has shared some of his valuable thoughts and processes on painting. Here is a short statement from his website: “I’m inspired by mood and drama, the fleeting effects of light.  I hope my paintings bring a sense of peace to the viewer, … Read more

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Oil Paints

Oil Paint Drying Time And How You Can Manipulate it

By Dan Scott / March 27, 2018 / 23 Comments

Oil paint is inherently slow drying compared to the other painting mediums such as acrylic, watercolor or gouache paints. Because of this, you have much more time to manipulate oil paint on your canvas before it dries. This is one of the reasons why oil paint is so widely used by artists. So how long … Read more

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Charles Giron, Portrait of Monet

How To Start An Oil Painting

By Dan Scott / March 25, 2018 / 25 Comments

Claude Monet, Self Portrait In His Atelier, 1884 The most difficult strokes to make in an oil painting are the first and last strokes. The first strokes because you may not know where to start and the last strokes because you may not know when to stop. This post is all about how to start … Read more

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Frederick Judd Waugh, Winds And Seas

Inspiring Seascapes By Frederick Judd Waugh

By Dan Scott / February 12, 2018 / 46 Comments

Frederick Judd Waugh Frederick Judd Waugh (1861 – 1940) was a leading American artist known for his beautiful seascape paintings. He was the son of painter Samuel Waugh and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Interestingly, he was a camouflage artist for the U.S. Navy during World War I. His seascape paintings are incredibly … Read more

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