Category Archives: cheap tricks

Train wrecks, Car crashes, and Paintings in need of Triage…

Detail from “The Gross Clinic” by the 19th century American painter Thomas Eakins.  The entire painting may be viewed below the fold, but I warn you, it ain’t for the faint of heart… Yesterday I announced I’ve been working a … Continue reading

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A Place for Everything…

A new blog reader, who found me via PleinAir Today, just sent me a question about a custom shelf which can be seen attached to my tripod in many photos. But first, before I get to his question, let me … Continue reading

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From the Dept. of Good Health & Safety Practices – as applied to using Oil Paints…

Clearly, I have been going about painting pictures in the wrong manner… (Source: http://www.odditycentral.com/videos/indian-artist-paints-with-his-tongue.html) Indian Artist Paints with His Tongue By Sumitra on March 6th, 2012 Category: Art, Videos Now here’s a hobby that’s bound to leave a bad aftertaste. Ani K, from Kerala, … Continue reading

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Making Turtles – Or Saving Your Grays…

I’ve been squeezing a lot of paint out onto my palette over the past week because I took a workshop from a guy who likes to paint fast and thickly.  I chose him because I wanted to learn how to … Continue reading

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Whiter than White, Brighter than Bright…

[Post update: 2/1/2012]  Shortly after I uploaded this tip the well-respected blog PaintingPerceptions.com asked permission to quote it at length in an in-depth story on lead white oil paint. The formula I offer here for creating a lead white substitute has … Continue reading

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Looking for Some Closure…

Nope, I’m not talking about coming to terms with your ex or issues with your mom or dad, but something else entirely. I’m talking about a artistic concept that has to do with painting: Visual Closure. It is a completing that … Continue reading

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Paintin’ When It’s C-C-C-C-Cold Outside…

No, it’s not the ‘Masked Marauder’ taking a day off from robbing banks to do a little recreational painting. It’s me punching in at the day-job during a cold snap. Out with my trusty paintin’-pooch, Sally, and a good friend, Scott … Continue reading

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