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UART Tip #34: “Pastel Pencils or Colored Pencils?” with Denise Howard

UART Tip #34: “Pastel Pencils or Colored Pencils?” with Denise Howard In my UART Tip #25, I said: “Why use colored pencil rather than pastel pencil on UART? Less mess, and the option to frame under Plexiglas instead of glass.” If you are experimenting with media, you might have found that answer insufficient to help […]

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UART Tip #33: “Photography 101” with Bethany Fields

UART Tip #33: “Photography 101” with Bethany Fields As artists, we want the photographs of our work to look as good as our paintings! We all have mobile cameras and they are a wonderful tool for sharing across social media. However, they do come with certain downfalls. Have you ever taken a photograph with your […]

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UART Tip #32: “Underpainting Methods” with Lee McVey

UART Tip #32: “Underpainting Methods” with Lee McVey Underpainting or toning my paper have become the foundation of my pastel painting. My underpainting methods have evolved over the years until I found my current favorite methods of underpainting in preparation for pastel painting on UART sanded paper. I started underpainting with pastel and Turpenoid on […]

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UART Tip #31: “It’s All Just Shape” with Nancy Nowak

UART Tip #31: “It’s All Just Shape” with Nancy Nowak One of the most important artistic lessons I have learned is to view objects as mere shapes. If I can forget about the label (a flower, a tree, a face, etc.) and just see it as either complex or simple shapes, I can draw it, […]

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UART Tip #30: “Pastels Rounded, Broken, or Misshapen?” with Jen Evenhus

UART Tip #30: “Pastels Rounded, Broken, or Misshapen?” with Jen Evenhus There’s nothing better than opening a box of brand new Terry Ludwig pastels that are perfectly shaped with razor-sharp edges, just waiting for that first perfect stroke on your paper! Painting is hard enough without having to contend with sticks that have lost their […]

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UART Tip #29: “Passing Fancy” with Nancie King Mertz

UART Tip #29: “Passing Fancy” with Nancie King Mertz This painting was inspired by 3 photos I took in NYC after my husband and I stepped onto the tram platform near the East River. I work from 4×6 photos if I’m not painting en Plein Air, and this design has elements from each of those […]

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UART Tip #28: “Skyscape Painting: Some Useful Tips” with Christine Camilleri

UART Tip #28: “Skyscape Painting: Some Useful Tips” with Christine Camilleri Why are clouds challenging to many artists? We know they are important because without them all we would have is an empty blue sky with no colors. Clouds are an integral part of paintings yet we are daunted by them. A cup has solidity, […]

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UART Tip #27: “Painting Architecture that “Sings!”” with Jill Stefani Wagner

UART Tip #27: “Painting Architecture that “Sings!”” with Jill Stefani Wagner Painting buildings in pastel used to overwhelm me. Perspective, focal points, straight lines, and proper values all seemed way more difficult when painting architecture. Probably because we can sometimes fake a landscape, but everyone knows when a house isn’t “built” right. And color. Buildings […]

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UART Tip #26: “From Underpainting to Finish” with Susan Kuznitsky

UART Tip #26: “From Underpainting to Finish” with Susan Kuznitsky The subject for this demo is this very beautiful moment I caught of my dear friend Lora’s mother, Eileen. She is 92 years old, living with her husband and still creating gorgeous quilts. I love how timeless and ageless creating art of all types can […]

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UART Tip #25: Blending and Smoothing Colored Pencils with a Stencil Brush by Denise Howard

UART Tip #25: Blending and Smoothing Colored Pencils with a Stencil Brush by Denise Howard The first thing you notice when you try colored pencils on sanded paper such as UART is “Whoa! It eats pencils like crazy!” The second thing you notice is “Hey, I covered this whole area in no time!” The pro […]

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UART Tip #24: Using Simultaneous Contrast by Lee McVey

UART Tip #24: Using Simultaneous Contrast by Lee McVey In his book, The Elements of Color, Johannes Itten says simultaneous contrast happens when you see any color, the eye simultaneously sees the complementary color, even if very subtly, even if it is not present. This effect will also occur between gray and strong chromatic colors […]

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UART Tip #23: “How do I Deal with ALL that Green?” with Nancie King Mertz

UART Tip #23: “How do I Deal with ALL that Green?” with Nancie King Mertz My students often ask this question when we’re together in a plein air workshop, and they often remark that they “don’t have the RIGHT green”.  My solution is to start with a cool underpainting on the furthest section of green […]

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Portrait on UART Dark with Alain Picard – Part Two

Portrait on UART Dark with Alain Picard – Part Two Master Pastelist Alain Picard demonstrates portrait painting on UART Dark premium mounted board. Check out part one here.

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Portrait on UART Dark with Alain Picard – Part One

Portrait on UART Dark with Alain Picard – Part One Master Pastelist Alain Picard demonstrates portrait painting on UART Dark premium mounted board.

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UART Tip #22: My Lighter/Darker/Warmer/Cooler/Brighter/Greyer Mantra with Barbara Jaenicke

UART Tip #22: My Lighter/Darker/Warmer/Cooler/Brighter/Greyer Mantra with Barbara Jaenicke Okay, that title is quite the mouthful. But it’s what I live by when I paint. I’m often asked how I approach color in a painting, and if I subscribe to any particular color theory.  I wish I could give a short and sweet answer to how I use […]

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UART Tip #21: Setting the Mood and Express Yourself with Christine Camilleri

UART Tip #21: Setting the Mood and Express Yourself with Christine Camilleri Mood is something that the artist can control by using certain things that help to convey a certain emotion. You might choose one or all of these things to help tell your story or to emphasize a certain aspect in your subject. For example, horizontal lines […]

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UART Tip #20: How to Capture the City While Keeping it Calm with Nancie King Mertz

UART Tip #20: How to Capture the City While Keeping it Calm with Nancie King Mertz This painting is from reference photos I took late in the afternoon while attending a benefit in a Chicago hotel!  We’re always looking for our next painting, right? The rush hour traffic was soon to start and the slanted light […]

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UART Tip #19: Prepping for Snow with Barbara Jaenicke

UART Tip #19: Prepping for Snow with Barbara Jaenicke For any painting, the block-in is crucial. In this all important step, my goal is to begin with only a few shapes, and to connect shapes wherever possible to create movement into and throughout the painting. With a snow scene especially, I’m also concerned with setting […]

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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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