Artist Toolkit

Some Tips on How to Choose a Plein Air Stool

Every time when going to paint outdoors take along something to sit on. Of course, it may be an old bucket or a wooden box, but I would advise you to buy a special compact piece of furniture.

Synthetic Paintbrushes: Whether You Should Buy Them or Not?

According to a popular belief, synthetic bristle is simply not comparable to Kolinsky sable or even squirrel. Synthetic brushes have a number of drawbacks, that’s true, but I’m sure: they offer significant advantages over their counterparts at the same time. And it isn’t just about their low price.

Natural Brushes for Artists: Hair Types

The head of brush may be manufactured of synthetic or natural materials. Modern-day polyester filaments differ greatly in performance – you never know what they’re capable of until you try to use them. The behavior of natural material is more predictable. Each animal hair type has specific characteristics.

How to Look at Old Masters Paintings?

Once I went on a package holiday to Germany. Our group had some spare time in Dresden. The tourists, including me, rushed to the Old Masters Picture Gallery with enthusiasm…

How to Pick an Art Reproduction – a Buying Guide

A few years ago I rented a flat. I loved it and you know why? Two beautiful Van Gogh’s canvasses adorned the flat – one (Irises) hung on a wall in the kitchen and the other (Sunflowers) did in the bedroom.

The Mystery Of Van Gogh’s Severed Ear: the Different Theories

I’m not original: my favorite painter is Vincent Van Gogh. Trying to figure out what he was like, I’ve read Lust for Life by Irving Stone and the other popular biographical books on the artist. The drama At Eternity’s Gate about the final years of the Van Gogh’s life came out recently…

Which of Wet Painting Carriers Meets Your Needs?

A canvas carrier is a less common piece of plein air equipment than brushes or easels: some inexperienced painters haven’t even heard of the thing… Guys, it’s really convenient! It protects wet artworks from snow, rain, dust and too curious passers-by. 🙂

Must-Have List of Plein Air Art Supplies

When packing plein air stuff, don’t take too much equipment. It’s possible, that searching for a suitable view will take time. You won’t be able to enjoy the long walk because of your heavy bag.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Plain Air Painting

A famous hyperrealist was holding a workshop in my city last week. When talking about picturing outdoor subjects he said that plain air painting was obsolete – a camera captures every moment with ease and preserves it unchanged for many years. I’m not so sure about that.

Oil Paintings on Canvas – Storage Guidelines

So, you’ve created a masterpiece. Congratulations! Preserve the treasure in order to the next generations could have a look at it. Caring for oil paintings requires attention to many details. Here are the crucial little things you should know.