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Watercolor: Teaching Watercolor Workshops to Beginners: Pitfalls to Avoid

Helen Klebesadel offers tips on how to introduce the sometimes daunting medium of watercolor to novice painters.by Leanne MacLennanCedar Dance II2004, watercolor,30 x 22.All artworkthis articlecollection theartist.Watercolor instructor Helen Klebesadel fondly refers to watercolors as rich hues that are created by light passing through transparent pigments.
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Just Add Water: Four Basic Watercolor Pencil Techniques

Woods and forests, meadows and fields, mountains and deserts: Cathy Johnson covers these and more in her new book, Painting Nature in Watercolor: 37 Step-by-Step Demonstrations Using Watercolor Pencil and Paint. She writes, “There are so many reasons to work outdoors: to drink in the beauty of nature; to find fresh, evocative, inspiring and challenging subjects; to spend time in the quiet places; to capture the liveliness of birds or the grace of a red fox; to learn about your environment; to perfect your skill; and just to be out where it’s achingly beautiful.
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Oil Painting: Ned Mueller: The Importance of Value Studies

Ned Mueller discussed how to properly mix the right colors with which to convey a scene.by Bob Bahr“Many students want to learn as much as they can in an expedient manner, but it does take some years to achieve a fairly competent level,” says Mueller. It is what most beginner, and some advanced, students need, but if you gave a workshop and announced that the students would do black-and-white value studies for the week, you wouldn’t get too many sign-ups.
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A Homegrown Pastel Surface Recipe

The grand scale of Troy Wingard’s pastel portraits and figures (featured in the December 2010 issue of The Pastel Journal)—some of them up to 8 feet tall—creates a vision viewers feel they can almost walk into. Finding a surface suitable for pastels at this size, however—a typical format is about 3×4 feet—was a challenge at first, but Wingard came up with a homemade solution.
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Limited Palette—Unlimited Color Harmony

By Jane JonesWith so many paint colors to choose from, why would a painter want to work with a limited palette? One good reason would be to create color unity or harmony in your painting. For example, I painted Pearls Gold (at top) almost entirely with the three tube colors you see below.I chose each of the above colors to correspond to a main element in the painting; Old Holland neutral tint for the background, Winsor Newton Indian yellow for the drapery, and Winsor Newton rose madder genuine for the roses.
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Drawing Basics: The Neck

A look at the anatomical structure of the neck, and some helpful figure drawing tips from Drawing magazines Understanding Anatomy series.Read other features in the Understanding Anatomy series:Drawing the LegDrawing the EarDrawing the Armby Ephraim RubensteinDissection Study of the Neck 1982, graphite, 9 x 12.
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