Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Painting Quickly to Keep your Work Loose

Check out this video tutorial as I show how working quickly has its benefits. It is often good to give ourselves a short time limit in order to keep our work loose and painterly.  Happy Painting!  

Monet Cafe' for Facebook is Growing!


Our group on Facebook is producing some beautiful artwork! It is so wonderful to have people from all over the world sharing and encouraging each other as we learn together. Plus, it's a visual treat to see the beautiful creations being produced by all levels.  Here is the link to the FB Page.

Check out these beautiful paintings from some in our group...

Monday, July 17, 2017

Painting with Pastels! How to Use NuPastels like Watercolor!

I finally got a full set of Prismacolor NUPastels. I have needed harder pastels for some time, and I was happy to read on the back of the box that you can actually paint with them. 
Simply apply a wet paint brush to the pastel and rub just like a small pan of paint. 

The colors were rich in application and I was very pleased.  Here is a video where I actually used them in combination with watercolor to do this portrait painting. 
Image Credit:  From the Sktchy App
A great app to find face for drawing and painting. 

Here is the video on Monet Cafe' on YouTube for the demonstration:

Monday, June 26, 2017

Drawing and Sketching Practice Sheets

These are the images that go along with my drawing videos on my YouTube channel, Monet Cafe'. The video is posted first, with the corresponding practice page underneath. 
Simply click the image, print out, and practice the lessons as often as you like. 

Drawing Exercises to Become A Better Artist:
This is the most basic of the drawing exercise videos. 
These exercises are simply to warm up and also to develop better hand/eye coordination. 

Observational Drawing Exercises: 
This exercise will help you to become better at observing what you are drawing vs. drawing what you think you see. The video for this lesson uses the second picture underneath this, but the first image is also a great exercise for improving your observational skills. 

This exercise is for all ages and a great way to learn to draw while paying attention to positive and negative shapes. This lesson will help you to acquire core skills that will make you a better artist! 

Sketching Exercises 2:
This is an intermediate sketching exercise focusing on many of the essential elements that will improve your drawing skills. 

How to Create a Good Composition and More!
This lesson is packed with valuable information for improving your artistic skills. It covers creating a good composition, the Rule of Thirds, Value, Color and more!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Fine Art America is a great site for Artists and those looking for Art

I've been using FineArtAmerica.com for years to offer my paintings as prints and other products. It's a great way for artists to offer their work without having to print and store lots of inventory, and it's a great way for art lovers to purchase fine art that is of great quality and variety.  So check it out and enjoy!

Click Here to see prints and products:
field art for sale

Art Prints

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to keep your paintings loose and impressionistic!!

Do you ever struggle with keeping your paintings loose and painterly?  I sure have, but I've learned some tips and tricks over the years. Join me in this lesson as I give lots of educational information to take your art to a new level.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Pastel Portrait Sketch / Speed Version

This is a speed painting video of a recent pastel portrait sketch I did. Pastels are so wonderful for doing portrait work.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

How to work on homemade pastel surfaces / A Spring to Remember

Many have inquired about how I make my own pastel surfaces and and how I use particular products for a value underpainting. I have a video on my youtube channel on how to create the surface, but here is more information on how I actually paint on this surface and do a value study. 

"A Spring to Remember" 

Initial Sketch with Pastel Pencil on previously prepared board. See video below for demo on how to prepare your own pastel surface. 

Product I use to make a "value underpainting".

Sometimes I use brushes for application, and sometimes foam applicators. 

Pastel Selection:

Laying down the darkest values:

Getting in the big shapes:

Getting in clouds and other detail (still staying very loose): 

Blending the sky with a piece of pipe foam insulation. Can be bought at most hardware stores:

Gradually getting in more detail:

Here is the REAL TIME video of the painting process.  See video below this one for the technique to make your own pastel surface.  Happy Painting!!!  

How to Make Your Own Pastel Surface: 

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