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A Beginners’ Guide to Plein Air Painting

A Beginners’ Guide to Plein Air Painting

Have you always wanted to go plein-air painting, but are overwhelmed by all of the things you need or maybe are shy about painting in public? You’re not alone! Today I'll address some of the most common concerns and help make those initial paintings a little less scary and a little more enjoyable. What if I Don’t Finish in Time?  Start Small - Leave that giant canvas and ego at home. I suggest a postcard sized canvas or smaller. Working on these little pieces will allow you to finish more than one, and is also lighter to pack. Use Big...


Tough Love - 8 Hard Truths for Artists

Heather Martin

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Tough Love - 8 Hard Truths for Artists

Many of us have had those teachers. The ones with notorious reputations for being tough as nails, and making students drink their own tears for breakfast. Some people loathed their existence, yet others thrived on that brutal criticism.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I lean hard on the soft-hearted, positive, and sappy side. It’s crucial to keep people motivated and excited about creating. One needs a certain level of confidence to gain that brush mileage and work towards their 10,000 hours. However, when it comes to myself, I only have tough love, and think it’s what helps me grow...


Gouache vs. Oil Paints

Gouache vs. Oil Paints

After a few years devoted to wrapping my head around gouache, I decided it was time to dip my toes back into oil paints (not literally 😝). I missed the rich smell of the drying paint, the buttery feel, and the taste. Kidding...not the taste, but you can ask our dog Pancake which color is his favorite since he recently gave my palette a taste test. (for those that are concerned, we did indeed manage to get most of the paint back in a slightly altered condition, I specifically choose non-toxic pigments, and he is back to his mischievous self) Currently I’m teetering...


Gouache - Paint Reviews

Heather Martin

Tags art supplies, gouache, paint

Gouache - Paint Reviews
I'll take you on a little gouache paint brand tour, and tell you my personal experience with each brand. We'll go over Arteza, Winsor & Newton, Holbein, Da Vinci, Turner Design Gouache, Royal Talens, and M. Graham.

Ask Me Anything - Part 1

Heather Martin

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Ask Me Anything - Part 1

On a whim, I asked fellow instagrammers to "Ask Me Anything", and these are the great questions that were submitted. Due to the large number submitted, this is going to be split into two parts. So here's part 1: How do we target the right audience for sales? How to recognize? @vinitha.art Oof, a business question right off the bat! Honestly, this is a really hard question to answer without knowing more details, but a piece of advice I'd like to offer to other artists is: just be true to yourself, and do what YOU want. I never really tailored my work to a specific...