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UART Tip #18: Blending and Softening Effects with Sanded Paper with Robert Palmerton

UART Tip #18: Blending and Softening Effects with Sanded Paper with Robert Palmerton Blending Effects One of the charms of UART sanded pastel paper is its ability to enable the pastel artist to blend several pastel layers into a uniform hue, and to build atmospheric effects (such as fog or streaks of sunlight), by applying […]

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UART Tip #17: Drawing Short Hair in Colored Pencil with John Middick

UART Tip #17: Drawing Short Hair in Colored Pencil with John Middick “How can I draw short hair that looks more realistic?” I’ve heard this question quite often from new and seasoned artists alike. It seems there’s a bit of mystery surrounding the process, so I want to offer my own perspective on achieving realistic […]

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UART Tip #16: Creating the Illusion of Atmosphere and Distance in a Painting with Jill Stefani Wagner

UART Tip #16: Creating the Illusion of Atmosphere and Distance in a Painting with Jill Stefani Wagner Introduction Recently, our local land conservancy highlighted farms that had been saved through their land rescue program to raise money to protect even more acreage. They requested Michigan artists apply to paint at one of their 40 sites and […]

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UART Tip #15: Out of the Box Pastel Grays: How to Spice Them Up with Christine Camilleri

UART Tip #15: Out of the Box Pastel Grays:  How to Spice Them Up with Christine Camilleri Grays enhance saturated colors, provide balance when there is much going on in your painting, are rest areas for the eye and are invaluable for shadows and showing form or structure. How do we achieve grays that are […]

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UART Tip #14: Thinking Outside the Blue Box with Bethany Fields

UART Tip #14: Thinking Outside the Blue Box with Bethany Fields There is nothing more appealing than a bright “bluebird” day. The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the sky is clear and vibrant. Here in my home state of Texas, and particularly in my region, our skies are as blue as pure brilliant […]

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UART Tip #13: Loosen-Up and Speed-Up Your Painting Session with Nancie King Mertz

UART Tip #13: Loosen-Up and Speed-Up Your Painting Session with Nancie King Mertz Step 1:  Whether studio or plein air, I always first map out a composition with directional “tic-marks” using vine charcoal. This ensures that each element I want to include has its space and prevents letting the subject “grow”, wishing for more painting […]

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UART Tip #12: Making Your Mark with Barbara Jaenicke

UART Tip #12: Making Your Mark with Barbara Jaenicke For the impressionist pastel painter, it’s important to allow the mark-making qualities of your pastels to take precedence over rendering precise subject matter. While we work hard to control the pastel medium, the really hard part is learning what NOT to control so that this luscious […]

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UART Tip #11: “The Look At Stage” with Lee McVey

UART Tip #11: “The Look At Stage” with Lee McVey Some artists finish their paintings and put them in frames right away. I suggest my students put their paintings in what I call “The Look At Stage.” Sometimes this stage will take a few days to a few weeks, but sometimes even longer. Have you ever […]

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UART Tip #10: Drawing Fur with Colored Pencils – Step-by-Step with Ewelina Kuczera

UART Tip #10: Drawing Fur with Colored Pencils – Step-by-Step with Ewelina Kuczera Long black fur can be tricky. In this tutorial I will show you my method and I will give you some tips on drawing on tinted paper. Here is a reference photo for the portrait – I chose this happy shepherd: 1. […]

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UART Tip #09: Having Fun With the Underpainting with Susan Kuznitsky

UART Tip #09: Having Fun With the Underpainting with Susan Kuznitsky There are many ways and many benefits of using an underpainting on sanded paper to create a strong foundation upon which to add many glorious layers of pastels. The type of underpainting depends on the subject and desired end effect. This demo piece was […]

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UART Tip #08: The Secret World of Edges with Jen Evenhus

UART Tip #08: The Secret World of Edges with Jen Evenhus My world is amazing. I’ve lived it for more than 64 years and I learn something new every day. My art world is no different. It’s mysterious, intriguing, challenging and an endless source of joy. One of the ways I continue to learn is […]

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UART Tip #07: Plein Air Tips with Lyn Asselta

UART Tip #07: Plein Air Tips with Lyn Asselta Over the years, I’ve gone from lugging 15-25 pounds of gear out on every plein air expedition, tousing a small backpack that, fully loaded, usually weighs in at under 10 pounds. It has not only been liberating, but it allows me the freedom to do more with much […]

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UART Tip #06: Aerial Perspective with Lee McVey

UART Tip #06: Aerial Perspective with Lee McVey It’s a challenge to depict three dimensional space on a flat two dimensional surface. That’s where aerial perspective comes in. Sometimes called atmospheric perspective, it depicts the changes in the atmosphere as it goes back into the distance. Stated simply, as objects recede, they appear lighter, grayer or less […]

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UART Tip #05: Drawing a Mouth in Colored Pencil with John Middick

UART Tip #05: Drawing a Mouth in Colored Pencil with John Middick Basic structure of the mouth If you are a serious student of portraiture drawing, it is a good idea to study the separate  anatomical parts of the face as pieces of a puzzle. For this particular tutorial, let’s take a look at basic structure of […]

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UART #04: On Starting and Finishing a Painting with Lyn Asselta

UART Tip #04: On Starting and Finishing a Painting with Lyn Asselta The process of starting and finishing a painting is a broad topic, to be sure, and a topic that is a bit different for each artist. Being a landscape painter, there are a few things that I consider carefully before I start each […]

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UART Tip #03: Blending Colored Pencils with Ivor Harrison

UART Tip #03: Blending Colored Pencils with Ivor Harrison For many new-colored pencil artist’s, using artist grade pencils can actually be quite a daunting process. When I purchased my first set of artist grade pencils, I thought it was a simple case of removing the pencil from the tin and laying down the required color, […]

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UART #02: Embrace Muscle Memory with Jen Evenhus

UART Tip #02: Embrace Muscle Memory with Jen Evenhus Muscle Memory? “Isn’t that for music, or dance?” you ask. Yes, and it’s for art, too. Until 4 years ago, when I began giving a lot of pastel workshops across the country, you would never catch me painting the same thing twice. My response would have […]

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UART Tip #01: Oil Stain Underpainting with Karen Margulis

UART Tip #01: Oil Stain Underpainting with Karen Margulis Never has watching paint dry been more fun. There is nothing shy about it. It’s bold. It’s rich. It is usually quite magical to watch. When I want to start a pastel painting with a bang this is the underpainitng technique I turn to…..Oil Stain Underpaintings! It is […]

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Underpainting Techniques on UART: Mineral Spirit Wash Part Two: Applying Pastels

Underpainting Techniques on UART: Mineral Spirit Wash Part Two: Applying Pastels Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. After covering how to utilize local color underpainting, we move on to the final chapter of the series and demonstrate how to apply pastels. Click here to watch “Underpainting […]

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Underpainting Techniques on UART: Mineral Spirit Wash Part One: Local Color Underpainting

Underpainting Techniques on UART: Mineral Spirit Wash Part One: Local Color Underpainting Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. In this video, Alain explores underpainting techniques using mineral spirit as medium. Part one covers local color underpainting.

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Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part Three: Refining The Painting

Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part Three: Refining The Painting Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. Part Three shows you the final stage of the painting with different blending and softening techniques. Click here to watch “The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part One: The Underpainting”

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Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part Two: Massing In

Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part Two: Massing In Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. Part One shows how to start by applying a base layer of pastels followed by a wash using denatured alcohol. Click here to watch “The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part One: […]

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Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part One

Underpainting Techniques on UART: The Complementary Alcohol Wash. Part One: The Underpainting Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. Part One shows how to start by applying a base layer of pastels followed by a wash using denatured alcohol. Click here to watch “Watercolor Wash, Part One: […]

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Underpainting techniques on UART: Watercolor Wash. Part Two: Applying Pastel

Underpainting Techniques on UART: Watercolor Wash. Part Two

Underpainting Techniques on UART: Watercolor Wash. Part Two: Applying Pastel Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. This 2-parts series covers watercolor underpainting.

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Underpainting techniques on UART: Watercolor Wash. Part One: The Underpainting

Underpainting Techniques: Watercolor Wash. Part One

Underpainting Techniques on UART: Watercolor Wash. Part One: The Underpainting Master pastelist Alain Picard showcases many different underpainting techniques on UART Premium Sanded Pastel Paper. This 2-parts series covers watercolor underpainting. Click here to watch “Watercolor Wash, Part Two: Applying Pastel”

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