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Watercolor Challenge: Bluebonnets

Love Jean Haines’ loose, lovely painting style? Try it yourself with this simple watercolor challenge!Follow along with Jean as she demonstrates painting bluebonnets in just a few minutes. It’s a great way to practice, warm up, and put spare scraps of watercolor paper to good use.For this watercolor challenge, you will need:Your favorite watercolor brushA small brush, like a liner or riggerWatercolor paints in the following or similar colors:French UltramarineCascade GreenCobalt TurquoiseYellowScraps of watercolor paperReference photoIn this quick study, you’ll practice observing your subject, making petal shapes, and varying color.
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Advice for Using Intense Color

Autumn Art Colors That Are Powerful But Not OverwhelmingI’ve always loved the varied and intense colors of fall. With the season just starting, I realized it is the perfect time to share with you this stunning oil painting by artist Bob Rohm entitled Morning Color.It’s a wonderful example of how intense your art colors can be.
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Are You on the Light Side or Dark Side of Drawing?

Which Drawing “Camp” Do You Belong?If you use the phrases “dark side” or “light side” in casual conversation, people may think you’re making a Star Wars reference. But if you’re among artists, the phrase may mean something else entirely.I sometimes think of drawings as belonging to two camps: light and dark.
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The Realities of a Fine Art CareerMary Qian

A Short Visit with Mary QianThe Fifth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series:The Realities of Fine Art as a CareerIn the Rain by Mary Qian, oil painting.What did you find most surprising about being a full-time painter?The most surprising thing for me is how busy I am. I am continually juggling the time to learn, to experiment, to paint and to do the necessary business work of being a full-time, professional artist.
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