How to Paint the Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit

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In tackling Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit, my goal was to create a copy that was as close as possible to the original, in size, technique and materials. So before I started I did a bit of research. What follows is what I found, both from the analysis made directly on the painting and from personal experimentation.
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Autumn Landscape with River

Autumn Landscape with River

This is a painting I did that I’ve copied from a photo I got from the web. I’d like to share with you how I’ve approached this work, step by step.

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How to Paint Water Drops

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In this article we’re going to look at how to paint water drops.

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How to build your own Mahl Stick

Mahl Stick

The Mahl Stick is an essential tool for the professional painter. In this article you will learn how to build your own Mahl Stick.
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How to mix flesh tones like John Howard Sanden

John Howard Sanden
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John Howard Sanden is an American portrait painter member of the famous Portrait Institute, an organization that originally held an annual conference for 5 days on the portrait. From the artist’s website you can see his works, honors received, customers, and other information. It’s interesting to read how the artist has been selected by the staff of the White House to paint the portrait of the 43 rd U.S. President George W. Bush. [Read more…]

Aerial perspective

How aerial perspective affects chiaroscuro

Are your landscapes flat? Do you want to give them more depth? Learn what the aerial perspective is and how it can help you to paint better landscapes.
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