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  • Improve Your Watercolor Knowledge, Skills and Confidence

    Today I’m happy to present with you some watercolor painting advice from Artist Daily editor Courtney Jordan. Here, she shares 10 techniques for beginners. Enjoy! “I’ve never been a real big fan of warming up,” says Courtney. “Not when I’m exercising or (trying to) sing or write calligraphy or an...
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  • How to Clean a Paintbrush

    1. Never let acrylic paint dry on a paintbrush The most important thing to remember in terms of brush care when working with acrylics is that acrylic paint dries very quickly. Always keep your brush wet or moist. Whatever you do – don’t let the paint dry on the brush! The longer...
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  • 5 Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

    If you’ve never learned how to play music, sitting with a group of musicians using technical terms to describe their work can be a whirlwind of confusing, beautiful language. A similar situation can occur when speaking with artists who paint with oils: suddenly you’re in a conversation where the...
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  • The Elements of Painting

    The Elements of Painting

    The elements of painting are the basic components or building blocks of a painting. In Western art, they are generally considered to be color, tone, line, shape, space, and texture. In general, we tend to agree that there are seven formal elements of art. However, in a two-dimensional medium, fo...
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  • Featured Artist: Mindy Lee

    Mindy Lee’s paintings use figuration to explore changing autobiographical narratives and memories. Born in Bolton, England, Mindy graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004 with an MA in Painting. Since graduating, she has held solo exhibitions at Perimeter Space, Griffin Gallery and ...
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  • Spotlight on: Ruby Madder Alizarin

    Ruby Mander Alizarin is a new Winsor & Newton colour formulated with the benefits of synthetic alizarin. We rediscovered this color in our archives, and in a color book from 1937, our chemists decided to try to match this powerful dark-hued Alizarin Lake variety. We still have the notebooks ...
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  • The meaning behind green

    How often do you think about the backstory behind the colors you choose as an artist? Welcome to our in-depth look at what green means. Maybe a lush evergreen forest or a lucky four-leaf clover. Thoughts of freedom, status, or jealousy may come to mind. But why do we perceive green in this way? ...
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  • Material Matters: Artist Araks Sahakyan uses Promarker Watercolour and paper to create vast ‘paper carpets’

    “The pigment in these markers is so intense, this allows me to mix them in improbable ways with a result that is both chaotic and elegant.” Araks Sahakyan is a Hispanic Armenian artist who combines painting, video and performance. After an Erasmus term at Central Saint Martins in London, she grad...
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  • Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: how her life and travel formed her artwork

    Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), a Scottish painter, one of the main artists of the “St Ives School”, an important figure in British modern art. We learned about her work, and her foundation preserves boxes of her studio materials. Barns-Graham knew from a young age that she wante...
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  • Featured Artist: Mindy Lee

    Mindy Lee’s paintings use figuration to explore changing autobiographical narratives and memories. Mindy was born in Bolton, UK and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004 with an MA in Painting. Since graduating, she has held solo exhibitions at Perimeter Space, Griffin Gallery and...
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  • Spotlight on Azo Yellow Green

    From the history of pigments to the use of color in famous artworks to the rise of pop culture, every color has a fascinating story to tell. This month we explore the story behind azo yellow-green As a group, azo dyes are synthetic organic pigments; they are one of the brightest and most intense ...
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  • Keeping solvent odours to a minimum in oil painting

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