Tag Archives: how to paint

How to paint, in five easy steps

If anyone suggests using medium or oil at this phase of your painting, back away slowly. There are teachers who encourage students to coat their canvases with medium and paint into it for a sort of cheap faux luminism. These paintings will darken and crack over time.

The one thing every painter should know

As I was potting around in my studio yesterday, I realized that I’d omitted an important post in my “how to” compilation on my website. Until recently, this was the most-read of all my posts. If I were asked to list the most important incidental skills for a plein air painter, they would include cleaning brushes, packing […]

History mystery

A joke from my youth: “Did you hear what happened when they removed all of Tammy Faye Bakker’s makeup? They found Jimmy Hoffa.” I was reminded of this after the announcement by French scientist Pascal Cotte that there is a painting of a different woman underneath the surface of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. “We can now analyze exactly […]