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  • My Favourite Book on Drawing
    by Sophie on November 25, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Why Draw?If you draw a lot you get better at painting. If you draw a lot you'll learn to see. If you draw a lot you will learn about values, edges, composition and proportion. Yes, drawing is one of the most useful ways to improve your art.READ MORE

  • Pets in Pastel
    by Sophie on November 12, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Painting pets in pastel is one of the most popular art genres in the world. Thousands of amateur and professional artists use pastel to portray our furry friends. Pastels are loved as the perfect medium to paint fur as its colourful strokes mimic hair so very well.READ MORE

  • Are Pastel Starter Sets a Good Place to Start?
    by Sophie on November 5, 2019 at 7:00 am

    If you have no pastels at all and you want to dip your toe into this dusty medium, a starter set would be a great place to get you going. Almost all pastel brands offer a starter set, but do these actually contain useful colours for the beginning pastel artist?READ MORE

  • RWA Open Exhibition 2019: Review
    by Sophie on October 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

    The Royal West of England Academy of Art is having its 167th annual open exhibition. The exhibition shows well over 600 works from well known and lesser known artists in a huge variety of styles, material and subject matter. The choice is enormous, it's an almost overdose of art, but it's also a fabulous exhibition well worth visiting whether you are buyer, an artist or an art lover.READ MORE

  • Getting Started in Soft Pastel: Colours
    by Sophie on October 22, 2019 at 6:00 am

    When you want to try soft pastel, you might not be sure which colours to start with. There are so many brands and so many colours! Which colours should you start with? Many brands have starter sets available, but do they really offer a good selection of colours for beginners?READ MORE

  • Bitesize Blog: The Large Piece of Turf
    by Sophie on October 15, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Albrecht DurerThe Large Piece of Turf1503Watercolour on Paper, 40.8 cm (16 ″); Width: 31.5 cm (12.4 ″)Albertina Museum in ViennaI find this work quite amazing.READ MORE

  • Oil Painting without Solvents
    by Sophie on October 9, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Oil painting without using solvents or toxic mediums; can it be done? Absolutely. This guide explains how oil painting can be enjoyed without the need for solvents or heavy metal pigments. It will explore how to keep your studio safe for children, pets and your own health.READ MORE

  • Book Review: Chromatopia
    by Sophie on October 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

    An Illustrated History of Colour, so reads the subtitle of this small but chunky book. The blurb on the back of Chromatopia tells us it will reveal the origin stories of over 50 of history's most extraordinary pigments.READ MORE

  • 6 Tips for Getting a Portrait Likeness
    by Sophie on September 29, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Here are some tips and tricks for beginning portrait painters to get a likeness in your portrait work. I hope you will find these 6 tips useful. I’ve added some images from the history art for inspiration. They include some of my favourite portrait artists such as Gunn, and Van Dyck.READ MORE

  • Ampersand Gessobord Review
    by Sophie on September 11, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Ampersand Gessobord is a premium rigid oil painting support. It is a wonderful support that I regularly use. In this article I'd like to describe its qualities and explore its uses.Gessoboard comes in a cradled and uncradled version.READ MORE