Monday, August 21, 2017

Painting While Traveling! / Pastel painting tips

Join me in sunny Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida where I not only enjoy the fun and sun, but get in some pastel painting at the same time. In this video I share tips on how to paint while traveling including supplies, set up and more.  I wanted to do more plein air painting, but it was so hot I painted mostly from my hotel room with a beautiful view.



Happy Painting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Loosen Up with Pastel Painting!!



In this lesson you will learn how to loosen up with pastel painting. By working quickly and doing and underpainting you can keep your work painterly and fun!





Monday, July 31, 2017

Make Your Own Pastel Surfaces with Brilliant Underpaintings!

Join me in this video where I experiment and learn how to make homemade surfaces for soft pastel painting. It really saves money in the long run and creating these with brilliant colors also makes a great underpainting.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pastel Painting Demonstration and Lesson / "Hello Sunshine"

Join me in this lesson where I share various lessons about pastel painting... including, materials, doing a basic sketch, how to do a watercolor underpainting and more.  Happy Painting!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

50 Pastels! A Pastel Painting Challenge!

50 Pastels!

Join me in this fun and beneficial pastel painting challenge!!

How to Wash and Reuse Pastel Paper!! Save on Your Art Supplies!

Save money by washing and reusing your Pastel Paper!  UArt paper is so durable you can actually wash it off and use it again! This is so helpful when you have a painting that you just don't like. Check out my YouTube video where I demonstrate..... 

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!


MONET CAFE' for FACEBOOK

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. 





BECOME BETTER AT SKETCHING: 
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!


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