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Justin Vining: Getting Started with Plein Air

Artist Justin Vining walks you through the basics of getting started with Plein Air painting Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing and landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law school, where he rekindled his […]

Ambassador Post: Watercolor Tutorial

Watch and learn from Royal Talens Art Ambassador Willow Wolfe! In this tutorial Willow demonstrates how easy it is to create beautiful watercolor animal silhouettes using stencils.   An award-winning artist and author proficient in oil, acrylic and watercolor, Willow Wolfe has watched her star rise dramatically in recent years, placing her among the art […]

Justin Vining – “Journey from the Outside In”

    The “Journey from the Outside In” is a massive 20×40′ mural on Butler University’s campus in Clowes Hall that took 263 hours and 25.5 gallons of paint to complete. This is the single sheet of canvas used all folded up.  In this state is weighs approximately 75-100 lbs. Thankfully, the room I was […]

‘Creating a Zorn Palette with Rembrandt Oil Colours’

Native Californian Aaron Westerberg grew up in San Diego. It was a class in traditional life drawing that drew him to continue his art training. He studied with Jeff Watts and attended the California Art Institute, where he later taught, and expanded his focus to include the works of nineteenth century American and European Masters. […]

Ecoline Brush Illustration: Guest Blog

Hello ~ I’m a calligraphy instructor with a career in graphic design, including brush illustration . . . which can be done by hand rather than a computer! In fact, when I teach brush calligraphy, we begin with drawing ~ simple images: apples, animals, garden critters. It helps students become familiar with what the brush […]

Featured Guest Writer: Darryl Funk – Finding Cobra

Darryl W. Funk is a Canadian artist working out of Abbotsford, BC. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta and the Center for Arts and Technology, Okanagan in Kelowna, BC.  Darryl has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in printmaking. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ There is nothing like the feel of […]

Lori McNee – Impasto and Glazing with Cobra

Article by Lori McNee / ___________________________________________________ Over the centuries, oil paint has been admired for its versatility. With oils artists can achieve interesting textures ranging from thick impasto effects to beautiful thin glazes that refract the light much like stained glass. I use both impasto and glazing techniques in my own works using Cobra solvent-free, water-mixable oils. […]

Featured Artist: Ryan Bradley

New York-based artist Ryan Bradley is best known for his photo-realistic style as expressed through his intricate, pastel renderings of the female form, which are adorned and embellished through elaborately complex patterns and florals. Royal Talens North America Vice President Kyle Richardson sat down with Ryan to talk technique, medium, and of course, Royal Talens […]

Featured Artist: Justin Vining

This month’s featured artist, Justin Vining, draws inspiration from rural America and has become fascinated with the disappearance of small family farms that once dominated the American Landscape. Royal Talens North America Vice President Kyle Richardson sat down with Justin to talk inspiration, projects, and Royal Talens products. Justin, you and I have known each […]

Karen Weihs Paints with Cobra in New Zealand

Painting in New Zealand, hosted by Plein Air Magazine, was quite an adventure! Eric Rhoads of Streamline Publishing and his team do a yearly fabulous plein air trip for painters and non-painters. This one was limited to fifty. Fifteen were non-painters. Chris, my non-painter husband, and I had a great time at each special place […]