Understanding Opacity, Transparency and Permanence for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever read on the back of a tube of paint and seen the permanence rating and wondered what it was or how to use that information?  Or have you ever wondered which colors make the best glazes?  Do you know which colors have the best opaque coverage? These are important questions for the serious […]

4 Keys to Understanding Alkyds in Oil Painting

What are alkyds in oil painting and why would you want to consider using them? Have you seen alkyds at your local hobby shop or online art store and have wondered if you should give them a try? I tried alkyds and with good success, so I thought I would share my experience and tell […]

Review: Best and Worst of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

There are several special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City at this time.  I’m going to talk about 4 of them that I’ve seen recently and give you my general opinion of each one. This will be my best and the worst rating for this museum for Summer 2011. The 4 […]

2 Keys to Success Using Cadmium Reds and Yellows in Oil Painting

Have you ever been painting with either Cadmium Red or Cadmium Yellow and gotten frustrated because you couldn’t get the color mix right?  When it comes to mixing colors with the cadmium, they can be a little tricky. I have devised 2 strategies that can help you strengthen your oil painting when it comes to this difficult family in […]

Oil Painting on a Budget: How You Still Can Afford It

Are you an artist and would like some tips for oil painting on a budget? Would you like to cut your costs in oil painting without sacrificing any quality in the final product? Let’s face it, times are tough economically for everyone these days, not just for artists.  But if you are an artist who […]

3 Color Palettes for the Serious Oil Painter

Have you ever given much thought to just how important your color palette really is? One of the most fun and satisfying aspects of oil painting is setting up your color palette and preparing your tools. This process really helps define who you are becoming as an artist, and what direction you will be taking. […]

Which White? For the Serious Artist, It is a Serious Question.

For the serious oil painter, it is a serious question: which white? There are several variations of white pigment to choose from in oil color. Moreover, some may have the same hue in common, but contain a different oil base that will significantly change the use of the paint. In all cases, choosing the whites […]

Review: Anthony Caro on the Roof, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

A few days ago my artist friend Sabina and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the afternoon.  Sabina is a sculptor who mainly works in marble and I’m a landscape painter.  I’m drawn to the galleries with paintings and she’s drawn to the sculpture exhibits. We saw many exhibits that day. One […]

More Secrets to Understanding the NYC Art World: Beware the Vanity Gallery

If you are like most artists who take their career seriously, you are willing to give almost anything a try. And if you are like me, you put a lot of care not only into creating your art but into the business side of your art. You love to create, right? And, of course, you want […]

Review of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

About the Exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, is free with admission A few days ago,  Sabina who is an artist friend of mine and I decided to go the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We had not been in a while and so thought it […]

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