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Cautious Mildew Advice

Q. I recently bought an oil painting that had been in storage for some time, and when I checked the back of the canvas I found some mildew that had probably been there for a while because the painting was dry. How can I remove it without causing damage?Martin G. MantheRoseburg, ORA. Offhand, it seems that you don’t have very much to worry about with your new painting.
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Techniques and Tips

Thumbnails—Your Ticket to Better Compositions

Just like a house needs a solid foundation for support, so too does a successful painting. One of the best ways of insuring this is to focus on composition and design elements prior to applying pastel to the surface.As painters, we are often reminded that the ability to draw is essential to a successful painting.
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Artist Profiles

Sharon Towle Gallery

Although Sharon Towle considers herself a straightforward realist, her infatuation with color complicates and broadens her work in interesting ways. “I might be extending realism by bumping up the color,” she says. The result of Towle’s reach as an artist is a striking collection of precise and balanced watercolor still lifes, reflecting both her fondness for vivid color and the naturally vibrant surroundings of her Manhattan Beach, California, home.
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Techniques and Tips

Building a Painting Through Tonal Progressions

Randall Orwig (oil, 12×10)I’ve always felt that the best art combines clarity of thought with depth of feeling. A classic, whether it’s a master painting, a brilliant symphony or a grand building, brings together refinement and power, precision and intensity. To try to imbue my paintings with these classic qualities, I’ve spent years practicing a painting method best described as “form painting.
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Techniques and Tips

Cathy Johnsons Top Tips for Painting Falling Snow

You’ll find our guide to painting snow in our February issue (available online and at your favorite art store). Highlights include Cathy Johnson’s thoughts on the keys to managing color, shape and shadow in snow scenes. For those interested in an additional challenge, here are a few of Johnson’s favorite tips for capturing the look of snow as it falls:• Sprinkle on salt.
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Tip file: How to fix too-dark watercolor paintings

From Rush Cole, in the April 1989 issue of Magazine:If a watercolor painting becomes too dark, use a bristle brush to scrub out the paint. After scrubbing, blot the excess moisture with paper towels.Learn more about watercolors:Watercolor EssentialsWatercolor Secrets DVDWatercolor in Bloom0 SharesNo related posts.
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