Oil painting experiences, tips and advice.

Time Lapse Painting for the Semi-Final at Cromarty on Skyarts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

Time Lapse Painting for the Semi-Final at Cromarty on Skyarts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

Watch me paint the otherworldly scene at Cromarty Firth Scotland for the Semi Final of SkyArts Landscape Artist of the year 2019.

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Time-lapse of My Winning Painting for Heat 6 of Landscape Artist of the Year 2019.

Time-lapse of My Winning Painting for Heat 6 of Landscape Artist of the Year 2019.

Take a look at this time-lapse of me, painting Drake's Island, and securing a place in the semi-final for this years Landscape Artist of the Year 2019. Courtesy of Story Vault

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My Experience and Winning Heat 6 of Landscape Artist of the Year 2019: Interview with Cass Art.

My Experience and Winning Heat 6 of Landscape Artist of the Year 2019: Interview with Cass Art.

    Congratulations on winning Heat 6 of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019! What was the experience like painting at the Drake’s Island? Thank you very much! The whole experience of being filmed and interviewed was surreal and winning my heat was obviously very exciting and rewarding. I didn’t have time to feel particularly nervous, it’s more adrenaline than anything else, especially once the painting started. I must admit, on arrival, it was very grey, the low morning cloud and rain made Drakes Island look very nebulous. If I had been out on my own that day,...

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Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.

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Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.

A demonstration of my first relief printing efforts, the setup I used and what it cost, and why I've decided to make it a permanent part of my artistic practice.

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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

I recently responded to a question on Quora about how to sketch simple backgrounds. The general rule is simplicity, low detail, narrow tonal range. Here is a nice example by concept artist Thomas Romain. If you want something to appear as if it is in the distance or in the background, you have to create what is called atmospheric perspective. Even if its not actually that far away, its a useful tool to help create focal points in your artwork. If you look at nature, out into the distance compared to up close, you will see that tonal ranges become...

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