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Its Here—Tips from the Pros to Paint Better Landscapes

It’s here! The Winter 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist is available now, and it features Brian LaSaga. Plus,16 more of today’s best working acrylic artists round out the issue. Tips including how to paint better landscapes, capture more realistic details of nature, create powerful abstracts, and more. You can apply the ideas to your own work for great results.
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Watercolor: GALLERY: Adam Van Dorens Architecture Watercolors

Using his skills in drawing and his training as an architect, Adam Van Doren is able to make precise drawings of buildings, yet he refrains from painting every surface and detail. In this online exclusive gallery, we present more of his exquisite watercolors.Chat about watercolor techniques and much more on Artists Forum.
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Drawings Basics: Art for Writing

Mark Leithauser collaborated with his brother, the poet Brad Leithauser, on a series of books that expanded his imaginative powers, leading him to consider a multitude of new subjects.A2002–2003, graphite drawing. All artwork this article courtesy Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York.From the book Lettered Creatures (David R.
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Painting on Leather

Q. Recently I tried painting on leather with acrylics. The paint went on beautifully, but I’m concerned about any long-term problems between the paint and whatever the leather was treated with.Jenny AustinScio, ORA. There’s nothing unusual about painting on leather. After all, you can find plenty of examples of painted utilitarian leather objects including horse bridles and such decorative works as gilded and painted stamped leather wallpaper.
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Mixing Watercolors

Many purests will tell you never to use secondary or intermediate colors from tubes when mixing watercolors. Instead, you should always mix your blacks, neutrals (browns) and grays from primary colors. Phoenix artist Julie Gilbert Pollard recommends choosing a selection of watercolors that are mostly warm and cool versions of the primary colors, with no greens or earth colors among them when setting up your palette.
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The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

How many of us are guilty of automatically grabbing a white sheet of paper on which to draw?I’ve heard that it can be less intimidating to begin a new piece with a colored substrate that already has color to it. It’s like having a friend greet you at a party rather than walking into a room full of strangers.
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