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The Possibilities of White Paint and the 5 Artists Who Realised Them

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Is white a mere neutral or ‘base’ colour for artists, or is it the colour – one of the most literally illuminating of all? It’s not a question that has necessarily been asked as often as it should have been…

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5 Women Who Showed New Ways Forward for Self-portraiture

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Self-portraiture is one of those vexed subjects within art that has not always attracted the attention and analysis it really deserves. After all, there is so much more to any given artist’s self-portrait than a straightforward expression of ‘this is…

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The Basics of Gaining Gallery Representation

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Are you a teenager or 20-something with dreams of global artistic stardom? Or maybe you’ve turned to a creative path later in life, and are trying to juggle the task of building up a selling and exhibiting profile with that…

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5 Steps to Drawing and Painting More Convincing Figures

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Have you noticed that even in towns and villages where there may otherwise be very little formal art instruction on offer, there almost always seems to be a life drawing class going on somewhere? It’s almost as if, as human…

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An Introduction to the Wonders of the Collagraph

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If you’re accustomed to the idea that printmaking always involves the incision or engraving into metal that is then printed, you might want to know about a little thing called the collagraph—or collograph, as it is spelt in some circles.…

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What Can You Gain from Visiting Fine Art Degree Shows?

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It’s that yearly event that so many artists – even those who are largely self-taught – so often talk about in hushed tones. Yes, that’s right – I’m talking about the fine art degree show. They happen in art schools…

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Do You Dare Take On the Challenge of Nude Self-Portrait?

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The self-portrait has long been absolutely central to Western art. It’s a genre that has been dabbled in by seemingly every celebrated and less-celebrated artist, from Sir Anthony van Dyck and Joseph Mallord William Turner to Lucian Freud and Louise…

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Should beginner painters avoid watercolour?

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In a recent ArtWeb blog post of mine on the subject of where to start when learning to paint, I stated on the subject of watercolours that “despite their hobbyist-friendly image, [they] should perhaps be approached with caution by newbie…

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What to Consider Before Buying an Etching Press

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While an etching press is the most important piece of equipment for etching, there is wide variation in the types of etching presses available, while the specific printmaking processes that you practise are also likely to influence your choice of…

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Learning to Paint: Tips on Where to Start

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the technical information out there about painting, or for that matter, to presume that painting is a ‘free for all’ world. However, there are still some basic things that it is helpful…

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