Yearly Archives: 2020

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...

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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 the 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, the 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”...

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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. "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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  9. A Round and Flat Exercise

    A Round and Flat Exercise

    The exercise is simple: Paint the same subject in two versions—one with light and shadow, and one without. From the Palette Magazine....

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  10. Laurie Rothrock Paints a Unique Interpretation of an American Icon.

    Laurie Rothrock Paints a Unique Interpretation of an American Icon.

    Laurie Rothrock may not have changed history with her painting of a coffee pot, but she certainly made a unique interpretation of an American icon. From the Palette Magazine....

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A Simple Plein Air Oil Painting Set Up

When I began painting landscapes again, I wanted a minimal plein air oil painting kit that I could grab and go that wouldn't take forever to set up. Here's my simple plein air oil painting equipment list:

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Cheap Joe's 2 Minute Art Tips - Viviva Colorsheets Watercolor Sets

Looking for an easy travel sketching set? Julie demos these ingenious portable watercolor sets made as small booklets that tuck right into your sketchbook. Just add water!

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