An Introduction to Varnishing an Oil Painting
As we’ve discussed in 3 Reasons why artists varnish their work (and why some artists don’t) varnishing is primarily an aesthetic choice on the final finish of your painting.
Not only can it really bring up the vibrancy and richness in your realist paintings but it offers protection for the painted surface from atmospheric effects to make the surface easier to clean in the future.
No One technique for varnishing suits every situation — the texture of the paint surface, whether you want a matte or gloss finish, speed of completion etc.. all effect which varnish you choose.
There are different considerations to think about when you’re working with Oils in comparison to Acrylics, so here are some common questions to check before getting out the varnish brush… Click to continue
New Small Glass Study Acrylic Video Course
Merry Christmas class!
The new mini-course where I paint a coloured glass and festive oranges is now available! Whoo ho! ho! ho!
It’s the perfect addition to the Masterclass Acrylics Course or a great little introduction to the more complex subject of reflections and glass.
If you have ever tried to paint glass and it looked flat and unconvincing or ended up with super bright white highlights that look stuck on, then you may be interested in discovering how to achieve a lifelike glass effect with acrylics – yet still keeping a painterly feel.
3 Downloadable Video Lessons - 1 Small Glass Study
Over 1 1/2 hours of video instruction, alongside a Quick Start PDF guide and Downloadable images of each stage of the process, which includes your materials lists and tools of the trade.
The lessons are available online to download so you have access to the course forever.
The course is now available, you can learn more and join the course by just clicking this link.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Creative 2014.
We’ve all done it.
Spent hours, days, even weeks slaving away on a painting but when we finally apply a varnish…it all goes horribly wrong.
The anxiousness builds.
You’re now sure there’s mismatched sheens on the surface and it was perfect before you started varnishing!
Or maybe you thought it was a good idea to wrap your newly varnished painting with bubble wrap just before the deadline of an exhibition, only to find out at the private view the bubble wrap had left hundreds of tiny circle imprints on the surface of the painting….mmm..surely no one would ever do that!
The anxiety and disappointment that comes with varnishing can sometimes seem too much.
With all the confusion, conflicting advice and frustration in creating the perfect varnish finish, you can’t help wondering, what’s the point of varnishing at all?… Click to continue
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all the comments, questions, students and well wishers that have helped the blog to grow over the last year.
We now have over 100,000 visitors a month and we’ve gone from 500,000 views to just short of hitting nearly hit the 2,000,000 views on YouTube, Woohoo!
It’s so inspiring for me to hear stories of students that have found their way back to painting – after life got in the way of their creativity… Read More
I knew we were in trouble when I opened the car door and brown water started flooded in.
‘Shut the door!’ shouted Vanessa.
“Mon Dieu, Mon Dieu!” muttered our French driver, holding her head in her hands.
The car had stalled.
The small country road we had driven along in brilliant sunshine only a few short hours ago was now a raging torrent of water.
I tried the electric windows, no power.
We were trapped.
I saw the water was rising quickly, it was now half way up the car door.
I started to panic.
We were in Provence (just last month) on the trail of Cézanne’s studio, and our idyllic country retreat was rapidly turning into a disaster… Click to continue
New Still Life Acrylic Masterclass Course
Morning class! The Still Life Masterclass in Acrylics course is now available, whoo hoo!
Have you ever asked yourself :
‘How do I make my paintings look more professional?‘
At some point in every artist’s development you get to a stage where your paintings are looking pretty good, you can see your improvement from where you first began but some tricky subjects still elude you.
You’ve got a basic understanding of colour mixing, paint application and your drawing’s sound but you want to take your work to the next level.
I’ve created this Classical Still Life Masterclass with acrylics, to help aspiring artists to bring their paintings to a more professional finish.
We deal with the more complex subject of reflective surfaces such as Silver, Ceramic & Mahogany using an extended palette and multi-layered glazing techniques.
Here’s a brief video intro to the course:
My Still Life Masterclass Course and is now available and you can learn more and join the course by just clicking this link.