Authorities recover stolen Rembrandt

A drawing by Rembrandt, valued at $250,000 and stolen from a hotel in California has been recovered. Authorities said early Tuesday they had recovered the Dutch master’s 17th century sketch at a San Fernando Valley church, about 20 miles from the luxury hotel lobby where it was snatched over the weekend from a private art […]

The 6 Habits of Highly Effective Artists

Do you want to be a great and highly effective artist? I do. I might be getting a bit obsessed with it, actually. Ideas pop into my head unexpectedly. I keep a long running list of ideas for improving my work. I also study how the most successful artists got where they are, and I […]

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 […]

The 7 Deadly Sins of Artists

Did you know that there are 7 deadly sins of artists? Are you committing one or more of the 7 deadly sins of artists and don’t even know it? If you are an artist, the bad news is you have millions of competitors. The good news is most of them suck. The same problems come […]

Do You Know These 5 Oil Painting Health Risks?

Do you know about the most common 5 oil painting health risks? Do you know how to best protect yourself, your family and pets, in the studio? We’ve all heard the saying, “A ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  This is especially true when working with the toxic materials associated with oil […]

9 Top Oil Paints Rated for the Serious Oil Painter

Are you a serious oil painter and would like the top oil paints rated? Have you ever found yourself in front of the rows and rows of oil paints unable to decide which ones were best suited for you? Are you confused by the many manufacturers of oil paints and their claims? 9 Top Oil […]

3 Common Oil Painting Problems and How to Resolve Them

Have you ever had a problem in your oil painting such as cracking or dull finish? Have you had other oil painting problems and have not found any solutions? Oil painting is a pretty forgiving medium, but there are things that can go wrong and ruin your artwork if you aren’t aware of them. The […]

Top 6 Ways to Create Texture in Oil Painting

Have you ever wanted to experiment and create texture in oil painting? If you want to create texture in oil painting, this can be a challenge as there as so many options from which to choose. Oil color, with its mediums, lends well to glazing techniques with a smooth varnished finish. However, there are a large […]

Should You Use Black? For the Serious Oil Painter It Is a Serious Question

Should you use black in your oil painting color palette?  Since I began oil painting, it has been a hotly debated subject among serious artists. Even as early as 5 years ago when I took a portrait painting class at the Art Students’ League of New York,  a very well-known and respected teacher asked the class if using black […]

Don’t Be Fickle. Don’t Change Directions

America is facing some of its greatest challenges ever.  The America that we have today is much different from the America that I knew as a boy. I think that one of the biggest problems facing Americans today is that we’ve become a very fickle people.  If the wind blows this way, we go this way. If the wind blows […]

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