Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Art Blog

Tips, Tricks, Thoughts, and inspiration from across the art spectrum.

  1. An Interview With Ward Jene Stroud

    An Interview With Ward Jene Stroud

    This is an interview I did with Ward a while back during his first workshop at Cheap Joe's. We recently hosted a three day virtual workshop with Ward and there is another coming up on Monday the 24th. Here's the link to it: Ward's Virtual Workshop...

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  2. How Your Eye Moves - by Christopher Schink

    How Your Eye Moves - by Christopher Schink

    Understanding how to hold and direct your viewer’s attention is an important part of design. When you’ve trained your eye to follow the visual forces in your painting, you can begin to design your paintings in a more creative way....

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  3. The Versatility of Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Colors

    The Versatility of Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Colors

    Enjoy this blog post highlighting the endless color characteristics and versatility of Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Colors....

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  4. Laurin McCracken Presents Fabriano

    Laurin McCracken Presents Fabriano

    Here is the first part of realist watercolorist Laurin McCracken's video praising Fabriano Watercolor Paper....

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  5. "Getting the Color Wrong" by Skip Lawrence

    "Getting the Color Wrong" by Skip Lawrence

    For traditional watercolorists, skies are always blue, grass is always green, and barns are always red. These are immutable truths. Traditional painters may leave a tractor out or add a farmer to their scene; they may even make a few subtle changes in their composition, but their approach to color is to get it “right”—to match with as much accuracy as possible the colors they observe in their subject. They’re convinced that if you can get the color right, the painting will seem real. From the Palette Magazine....

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  6. Degrees of Abstraction by Christopher Schink

    Degrees of Abstraction by Christopher Schink

    Degrees of abstraction by reducing a subject to its simple shapes. From the Palette Magazine....

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  7. Really Real and Really Not by Christopher Schink

    Really Real and Really Not by Christopher Schink

    Understanding the difference between realistic, abstract and symbolic images will give you the freedom to be more creative. From the Palette Magazine....

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  8. Aerial Perspective

    Aerial Perspective

    Create the illusion of deep space by reproducing the effects of aerial perspective. From the Palette Magazine....

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  9. "Guidelines" by Skip Lawrence

    "Guidelines" by Skip Lawrence

    Skip Lawrence offers some Guidelines for finding a more personally expressive, creative, and sincere way to paint. From the Palette Magazine....

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  10. Edges by Christopher Schink

    Edges by Christopher Schink

    When starting a painting, forget about the middle and start with the edges. From the New Palette Magazine....

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From Cheap Joe’s Art Blog

Tips, tricks, thoughts, and inspiration from across the art spectrum.

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The Versatility of Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Colors

Enjoy this blog post highlighting the endless color characteristics and versatility of Winsor & Newton Quinacridone Colors.

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Free Artist Video Lessons

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Cheap Joe's 2 Minute Art Tips - Five Amazing Products That Don't Get Enough Love

Julie highlights 5 amazing art supplies that don't receive the love they should, as recommended by Cheap Joe's own artist employees.

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