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Charles Reid on Planning Lost and Found Edges

Acclaimed watercolor artist and author Charles Reid demonstrates how he plans lost and found edges to keep his paintings loose and fresh. To download, click here: Lost and Found Edges.pdfSave the PDF to your desktop and reference it whenever you like, print it out or e-mail it to a friend.In the August 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist, Charles Reid shares his secrets for keeping paintings fresh and loose.
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Cool Weather = Warm Colors | 7 Fall Trees to Help Welcome Autumn

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” — Albert CamusFall trees possess a magical quality that makes them endlessly inspiring to artists. Here, seven pastelists share seven paintings that capture the breathtaking beauty of autumn. Enjoy!Tom Bailey | Fall Trees and PortraitureSome paintings of fall trees take on a feeling of portraiture, as in Tom Bailey‘s The Lookout.
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Painting the Grand Canyon (Inside): A Step-by-Step Demo with Michael Chesley Johnson

By Michael Chesley JohnsonThis is an excerpt from Maureen Bloomfield’s full feature “Poetry of Earth” in Magazine (September 2013). Click here to subscribe for 10 issues per year.For my studio painting Moran Point, I used a photo and several plein air sketches for color reference. Sometimes if I separate the issue of value from the issue of color and handle value first, my paintings seem to go more easily in the early stages.
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QA: How to Achieve Realistic Texture Using Colored Pencil Techniques

Q: Lee, can you write a blog post about achieving realistic textures like fur/feathers or bark with colored pencil techniques? I love doing wildlife/nature. I just find it hard to get a solid or smooth look with colored pencils, even though they’re my favorite medium. I take a really long time layering and burnishing to get the effect I want … the amount of time I take seems to be my biggest drawback to overcome.
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Painting Large | David Firmstone Watercolor Landscapes

For British artist David Firmstone, working large—often in the 3- to 4-feet range—opens the door to creative techniques not usually associated with watercolors. He has received international recognition for his extremely large watercolor landscapes and seascapes that, while clearly rooted in reality, have a dreamlike, sometimes unsettling, quality.
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Winter Survival for Urban Sketching

Sunbathing, camping, picnicking, urban sketching…wait a minute. Aren’t these out of the question for several more months for most of us? Sadly, yes–but urban sketching is the exception! Marc Taro Holmes is here to tell us there are abundant opportunities for winter urban sketching. You can stay warm and cozy inside and still draw your favorite outdoor scenes.
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