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Improving your painting with glazes

Learn about how to use glazing to improve your oil paintings in this video.

The same applies for acrylic painting, though you would use gloss medium varnish or some other clear fast drying medium to mix your glazes with.

With oils I currently either use walnut oil or alkyd walnut oil medium as a…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 23, 2017 at 18:18 — 7 Comments

Improving your painting with glazes

Learn about how to use glazing to improve your oil painting. The same applies for acrylic painting, though you would use gloss medium varnish or some other clear fast drying medium to mix your glazes with.

With oils I currently either use walnut oil or alkyd walnut oil medium as a glazing medium.

Learn more about…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 23, 2017 at 18:17 — No Comments

Seeing the world like a Painter

Here's how I look at the world as a painter...

This video is about Seeing the world like a Painter. Learn more about painting at http://www.livepaintinglessons.com

Added by Richard Robinson on May 22, 2017 at 11:03 — 9 Comments

Painting with more VaRiEtY!

Here's a brief clip from the First Snow painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/shop/first-snow

Beginners paintings are often distinguished by a lack of variety. They often display large areas of flat colour,…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 19, 2017 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

Painting Details in Dune Grasses

Here's a brief clip from the Sunset Dunes painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/shop/sunset-dunes/

When painting grasses or trees, or anything that we know is full of complex detail, it's all too easy to get carried…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 14, 2017 at 16:50 — No Comments

Painting Transparent Water

Here's a brief clip from the Chinaman's Bluff painting lesson at: http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/workshop2x.php

Many beginner painters see water and assume it's all blue, or all green, without looking to see what's really going…

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Added by Richard Robinson on April 13, 2017 at 13:32 — 5 Comments

Painting a vibrant still life

'A Picnic in Tuscany' 40x40" Acrylic on canvas by Richard Robinson…

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Added by Richard Robinson on November 17, 2016 at 17:55 — 12 Comments

Pataua Pleasures

"Pataua Pleasures" 12x18" Oil on Canvas

Two thirds done.…

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Added by Richard Robinson on October 5, 2016 at 17:12 — 2 Comments

Imagine a painting trip to China

Painting in China - the experience of a lifetime.

Can you imagine a group painting trip in China? 

Having organised 5 such trips, every time I love to see that people are pleasantly surprised by how…

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Added by Richard Robinson on May 4, 2016 at 16:35 — No Comments

The importance of shapes

The other day I had an email from an art teacher in Uganda asking that I critique some student work - ages 10 and 11.

Here's what I wrote:

Hello class, your teacher has asked me to critique some paintings for you. That’s a pretty cool teacher because he bugged me for you until I said yes. Good job teacher!



Let me say first that each and every artist has their own idea of what…
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Added by Richard Robinson on January 14, 2016 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

My brushes for oil and acrylic painting

Here's a wee video about why I use the brushes I do for oil painting and acrylic painting.

Get the Richard Robinson Brush Set from Rosemary & Co. here:…

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Added by Richard Robinson on January 9, 2016 at 14:00 — 10 Comments

Painting Flowers

This month we're starting to paint flowers in the monthly online workshop. We're starting off nice and slow with a single yellow rose and the next 3 months will continue with flowers getting progressively more complex. So if you want to start painting flowers now is a great time to start.…

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Added by Richard Robinson on December 1, 2015 at 14:19 — 4 Comments

Lost and Found Edges

This month's workshop focuses partly on Lost and Found Edges which to me is one of the real beauties of working with oil paints - that you can soften off or completely lose an edge whilst leaving others sharply focused, adding an air of mystery and romance to a painting.

Here's the painting we're working with:

"Old Timers" 13 x 13" Oil on Canvas by Richard Robinson.

"Old Timers" 13…

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Added by Richard Robinson on July 1, 2015 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Plein Air Still Life

"Plein Air Still Life" 15x15" Oil on Canvas

Been painting this out on the deck for a couple of days. Boy did I feel rusty! I must have repainted that apple about 20 times. A great painter I recently met in California named Anne…

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Added by Richard Robinson on June 22, 2015 at 12:30 — 18 Comments

Stretching a Canvas with tape

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Added by Richard Robinson on March 11, 2015 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Finishing Monet's Painting

I'm very happy to release this month's new online workshop and demo video at http://www.livepaintinglessons.com/workshop41.php

This has taken quite some study and I found it exciting to follow Monet's footsteps through Venice (virtually), discovering the history there and to be…

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Added by Richard Robinson on March 3, 2015 at 11:14 — 4 Comments

A studio painting step by step

 

Resource Photo: Pataua South, Northland, New Zealand

I've painted this scene several times before, all with slight…

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Added by Richard Robinson on February 23, 2015 at 11:06 — 19 Comments

The 2015 Painting Calendar is ready.

12 of my favorite paintings from this year - ready for you to enjoy all through 2015...…

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

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Added by Richard Robinson on December 12, 2014 at 13:59 — 1 Comment

Painting a dappled light subject

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Added by Richard Robinson on December 12, 2014 at 13:48 — 5 Comments

Last day painting in Queenstown

Added by Richard Robinson on December 3, 2014 at 16:08 — 3 Comments

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