When to Push Darks in a Painting

We all have those photos taken from the car window as we pass by a scene. So pleased we captured it, to only find out once we download it to our computer it's washed out and lacking contrast in value and color.  Has this happened to you?  

In this short video, I will walk you through how I salvage a bad photo by pushing my darks and getting back the contrast the camera failed to capture.

I hope these key steps will encourage you to relook at those photo references and start painting what inspired you in the first place.

PS: Let me walk you through the key steps to landscape painting.  CLICK HERE to see my full feature instructional videos.

 

How to Make Objects Recede

When you find yourself in the moment, brush to canvas, and wanting to mix the correct color and value on your palette to make those objects recede ... can you do it? 

It is important to place values lighter in the distance and darker in the foreground. I will show you how in this short video.  It's easy to learn if you continue to observe and squint often.  

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How to Paint the Sky - Value & Color

If you really stop and observe the sky next time your outdoors you will see so many slight value shifts and color variations.  It's quite fascinating and calming at the same time.

Now, trying to achieve this in your landscape paintings can be difficult without some tips and a lot of practice. But if you get outdoors and paint you will see results. The sky has its own complexity and getting the values & color correct is important. They can set the overall mood of your painting.

Below I have created a short video to explain what I mean. Enjoy!

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How To Take Better Photo References

Today, I would like to share a video with YOU about DESIGN. To often I see painters not exploring an area further before beginning to paint.

I am also guilty of missing opportunities to create a better design, but I've learned now to study an area further before settling on the first thing that caught my eye to paint.

In this short video, I want to help you avoid these mistakes and share some inside tips which will guide you next time you're setting up to paint outdoors or exploring while taking photo references.

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Awesome Gadget for Artists

I discovered a super cool gadget that I can't live without now, and I would like to share it with you. Have you ever been painting outside and looked over at your phone to see that the battery has been totally drained because you've taken a lot of pictures and filmed video?

Well, this has happened to me several times to many -  and I went searching for a solution. 

I picked up the most AWESOME portable battery pack made just for phones and tablets. It is the BEST gadget ever. Especially when NO electrical outlet is to be found anywhere.

Check out this short video I made for you about this battery pack. 
Here is a link to this product

Why Have a Dominant Shape

When we look at a scene regardless if it is from life or from a photo it is not easy to pick only 1 focal point.  I like to focus on a dominant shape and bring more emphasis and clarity for the viewer. I hope this will help you narrow down complex scenes in nature or in your photos.

In this short video, I will explain this concept on my own painting. 

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Master of Water - Frits Thaulow

Water is one of the most beautiful things to paint but also one of the hardest to master. This is why I want to introduce you to Fritz Thaulow. I was introduced to this painter by Bill and Fran Reese. Very thankful for that! He really made me think more about simplification. In this short video you will see me discuss few of his painting and see why he is truly one of the best at painting water. 

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