CODE INJECTION: Code

Choosing and Assessing your Subject

Choosing and Assessing your Subject

Novice students often ask me questions like:

How do I start a painting? What should I do first? What’s next? And so on.

So, I’m going to share with you today the very first thing you should do before you get the paints and brushes out!


Value & Value Relationships in Landscape Program

Value & Value Relationships in Landscape Program

This post is about my new online course that I've launched this year!

Value & Value Relationships in Landscape™ will help you understand and represent tonal values well so that you can improve the illusion of form and depth in your landscape.

I've listed the highlights of what you will learn from each part of this course series.

Meet one of my heroes, Joaquin Sorolla!

Meet one of my heroes, Joaquin Sorolla!

Along my career, I’ve had quite a few artists who’ve influenced my work and who I consider my heroes. Joaquin Sorolla is a very special one for me because his style and technique took my attention at the moment that my art was transitioning from realism into a more painterly approach.

6 reasons Why Understanding Value and Value Relationships is Crucial to Improve our skills to paint landscape better

6 reasons Why Understanding Value and Value Relationships is Crucial to Improve our skills to paint landscape better

“What makes a landscape painting work”?

There are a few things to consider here, but there is no doubt that the most crucial is Tonal Value and Value Relationships. 

Do you want to discover WHY understanding Value and Value Relationships is important to improve our skills to paint better?

FINDING YOUR INNER VOICE AS AN ARTIST

FINDING YOUR INNER VOICE AS AN ARTIST

These are some common questions that my students ask me quite often:

"How can I find my inner voice?" 

"What’s my style, what style should I express my painting through? "

"How can I paint loose?" 

"I’d like to paint like my favourite artist, with that expression, instead of copying a picture. "

"Why my brushstrokes don’t have the same quality of that professional artist I admire?"  

They all take us to that inner voice, That poetic way to paint that makes us bring technique and creativity together in a unique way.

LOST AND FOUND EDGES

LOST AND FOUND EDGES

In the last months, I have been writing about the painting principles, techniques and strategies that lead me to the decisions I make on my painting and when I am teaching my students. While I was going through my notes, looking for a theme for my first blog post I found something that is the beauty of working with oils.

It's a technique that I have applied to my work in the last few years more intensively. It's called "Lost and Found Edges".

what color is that? SEEING, MIXING AND USING COLOR

what color is that? SEEING, MIXING AND USING COLOR

This is the first part from the series of posts that will describe my thoughts and technical insights about Seeing, Mixing and Using Color...Enjoy!

Few years ago I went on a trip to Lake Tekapo in New Zealand with my friend and her little girl called Sophia and we got to see stunning scenery along the way.