We are currently working on The Ultimate Guide to Landscape Painting (28 Questions Answered). The guide should be ready for publication by late August or early September. The guide will cover 28 of the most frequently asked questions by beginning landscape painters. The guide will cover historical references, landscape painting theory, ideas about composition, harmony,… Continue reading Coming in September our New Artist FAQ page
Anyone can learn to draw and paint. In a recent post I talked about the three most important elements in a painting. Those three elements are Shape Value Edge Look at the following picture. It is a value rendition of a scene by the American Tonalist painter Birge Harrison. If you look closely, you will… Continue reading Anyone can learn to Draw and Paint
The Three Most Important Elements in Composition are shape, value, and edge. As artists it is important to realize that “seeing” is the process of recognizing shapes, values, and edges. When we look out the kitchen window and see the Weeping Willow tree in the backyard, we are seeing objects in space that have… Continue reading The Three Most Important Elements in Composition
On the Second Day the artist gathered his materials and returned to his scene of inspiration. He began to ponder what he might do. He laid out the palette with plenty of paint and toned the ground with a thin transparent hue. Next, he made a simple drawing of the big important shapes(elements). He… Continue reading On the Second Day
Tombow (tonbo) means “dragonfly” in Japanese and was often referred to as akizu/akitsu in ancient times. Since Japan was called Akitsu shima (dragonfly island in English) in the past, the name of the company also represents our desire to represent Japan’s stationery industry.
The Artist as Genesis The beginning of Art as Genesis. I struggled for years trying to come up with a process that I could apply each time I began a new painting. Before I made this list, I would start differently each time and end up going around in circles. I was more concerned with finishing… Continue reading Artist as Genesis
About ten years ago, I began my journey to see if I could unearth the secrets to effective landscape painting. I started by taking a few workshop courses in my home town. Drawing and Painting and monday night charcoal drawing. This was marginally satisfying. But it was mostly about the procter and less about the… Continue reading Let there be light
Welcome to this new adventure on your path to artisticdevelopment. From as early as five years old Iknew I wanted to draw and paint. I loved shapes and colors and I wanted to share my vision witht he world around me. Unfortunately, the means to do this were not available tome. My parents did not… Continue reading Welcome