Mastering Line Quality in Drawing

Have you ever thought about the importance of line quality in drawing? Did you realize that line quality in drawing is one of the major determining factors in the overall success of a drawing. Yes, line quality in drawing is essential to the overall success of your completed drawing or painting. As you finish a […]

Seeing the Light for Better Photographs

I’m going to post a few blog articles about how to make better photographs. Photographs and painting sometimes go together because lots of the ideas for one cross over into the other. So if you are a photographer, you are going to love these next few articles on photographs. If you’re a painter, you will still […]

Improve Your Drawing and Painting Skills in 30 Days

Want to know one of the best things I did to improve my painting and drawing? It wasn’t taking art lessons and workshops, although they were a huge help. It wasn’t spending money on new brushes or a better brand of oil paints. It wasn’t reading every blog post I could find on painting. I […]

Understanding Quality in Artist Oil Paint Brands

Have you ever wondered why some artist oil paint brands are so expensive? Have you used cheaper artist oil paint brands and been disappointed with the results? Have you ever wondered what is the main difference between the high quality expensive artist oil paint brands and the low quality cheaper brands? These are excellent questions. […]

Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting (Part 2)

This blog is Part 2 in a series on Plein air landscape oil painting.  To see Part 1, click here: Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils. I call this phase of the painting the Setup. In this phase of the painting I am trying to establish the most important elements of the composition. I work […]

Plein Air Landscape Painting in Oils (Part 1)

Plein air landscape painting in oils can be a lot of fun. I’ve been making oil paintings outdoors since I was a teenager. Even today, I love getting out in nature to paint.  I find most of my inspiring subjects come straight from the great outdoors. If you haven’t taken your oil paints and palette […]

8 Oil Painting Techniques for the Inquiring Artist

Have you been wanting to bring something new and edgy into your oil painting techniques? Have you thought about trying new oil painting techniques or approaches to applying the paint? Here are some ideas that are sure to breathe new life into your oil painting techniques toolbox. 1. Wet into wet Wet into wet is […]

Mastering the 7 Key Components of Value: How to Paint Like a Modern-Day Rembrandt

Are you ready to take your painting to the next level?  Are you ready to master the 7 key components of value?  Would you like to know the secrets of painting like a modern-day Rembrandt? If you are a beginning painter, practicing the ideas in this article will put you light years ahead on your […]

Gary Bolyer’s Top 7 How-to-Paint Blogs

Do you want your painting to totally kick-ass? Do you want to be a sexy art star? Then you must read these 7 art blogs that I have written. If you don’t know what I’ve been writing about lately, then you are just eating yesterday’s leftover tuna fish.  I’ll see you at the sandwich bar…..uh….maybe. […]

5 Ways to Create Great Abstract Paintings from Nature

“I often painted fragments of things because it seemed to make my statement as well as or better than the whole could.” –  Georgia O’Keeffe Nature has always been one of the favorite sources of inspiration for oil painters.  And abstract oil paintings that derive their inspiration from nature are often the most compelling. This […]

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