9 Small Adjustments for Better Oil Painting Results

9 Small Adjustments for Better Oil Painting Results - CashArtBlog

9 Small Adjustments for Better Oil Painting Results – CashArtBlog

Sometimes it just takes a small adjustment or two to improve your oil painting and not a complete overhaul. I am certainly not the only one who looks back on paintings from years past and says “If I had handled that part differently or this part over here another way, the entire painting would have been a lot better.”

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Great Subject Matter for an Oil Painting – An Apple Orchard

The subject matter for an oil painting is everywhere, even in an apple orchard. When there are grand mountains, beautiful lakes and wide rivers all around me, why take time to paint an oil painting of an apple tree or orchard? Well, since you asked…

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What’s the Deal with All the Gold Picture Frames?

 

What's the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

What’s the Deal with all the Gold Picture Frames?

Am I the only one that is sick and bored to tears with beautiful paintings framed with gold picture frames? What the hell? Yeah framing can be expensive, and when an artist is turning out paintings on a regular basis the cost adds up. I am right there with you. I get it.  I know I live all the way up here in the Northwest and not in the big city…But what’s the deal? A lot of galleries I have been to lately have way to many gawdy gold picture frames. Instead of promoting the painting, they are just a big ugly distraction in most cases. It doesn’t seem to matter what the painting is either; warm, cool, big, small, landscape, still life, modern, traditional, professional, student, abstract. Did the Old Masters send out a memo, or did I miss the gold frame garage sale of the century? What’s the deal?

 

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Art Prints – Canvas or Paper, Does Any Body Care?

"Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store" Colored Pencil/Gouache

“Yellow Sweater/Freeman Store” Colored Pencil/Gouache, 16 3/4″ x 26 1/2″

 

Do people really care what material your fine art prints are produced on? All this talk over the last few years about “limited edition giclee′ fine art prints” and how these prints look like the original and will last for a long time, etc. I do like them personally. I have produced several prints and they have turned out to be quite successful for me. However, recently I was having a long conversation with a gallery owner about producing some prints of my work, and she  told me nobody cares if the art prints are on canvas or paper….

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Meet Painter Mary Maxam, You’ll Be Glad You Did

"Blue Boat at Tofino" Mary Maxam, oil, 12'' x 16"

“Blue Boat at Tofino” Mary Maxam, oil, 12” x 16″

 

I’d like to introduce you to North Idaho painter Mary Maxam. If you know of Mary’s work,  then you know her paintings are full of beautiful, rich color, deliberate brushstrokes and a certain energy that goes beyond the paintings themselves. If  you have never heard of Mary Maxam or seen any of her paintings, I hope you will read on and get to know her  and her work. I think you’ll be glad you did..

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25 Ways to Market Your Paintings Now from Daniel Edmondson

Artist and teacher Daniel Edmondson has a released a new video with 25 ways to market your paintings and a new Art Masters Program too. The video contains marketing ideas you probably already know about, and maybe some you haven’t thought of or pursued. The Art Masters Program is a monthly on-line program that is in addition to his on-line still life and landscape courses. Check out the video below, and click on the links beneath the video to learn more…

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10 Great Art Books for Inspiration, Education & Motivation (Part 1)

Lots of people love art books, and if you’re reading this you probably do too. I have a very nice collection, although far from complete. Below are ten favorites in my collection that I refer to time and time again for inspiration, education & motivation. While this is certainly not Oprah’s book club or a complete list of art books, these are all  worthy of a read…

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A Landscape Painting of The Lone Cypress

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“The Lone Cypress”, Craig Shillam, Oil/Canvas, 12″ x 16″

A Landscape Painting Featuring The Lone Cypress

Why paint a landscape painting of The Lone Cypress? After all it is probably the most photographed tree in the world, and almost everybody has seen it before.  So why do it then? I painted this particular subject for three reasons…

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A Landscape Painting Inspired by Carmel

If you are like me you love a landscape painting with lots of wonderous, beautiful light. This painting doesn’t have that. You, like myself probably also love a landscape painting with lots of marvelous color. This painting has a limited palette. I bet you also like to see the sun when you go to the ocean, just like I do. After wanting to check out Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca., for a long time, I finally made it. The sun did not cooperate…

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