Rembrandt Vs Turner: Who was right about values?


In the blue corner we have Rembrandt van Rijn. The very archetype of the Old Master, storyteller extraordinaire, magician of expression, character and light. In the red corner we have Turner, progenitor of the impressionists, giant of British art and painter of the unpaintable whose primary subject matter was light. Two painters, two very different approaches

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Just Open Your Sketchpad


It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop – Confucius Some days are more important than others. There are some days when it’s really important that you make the most of your time and draw. Do you ever have those days when everything seems to go right, when you feel

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June Drawing Practice: Notan Design


Welcome to another monthly drawing practice update. In these updates, I’m sharing with you what I’ve been up to in my daily practice sessions for the previous month. I also want to share with you some of the elements of these drawing practice sessions, some of the environment I’ve created to try and make sticking

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How to Draw Beautifully by Seeing More


How much do we really see of the world around us, of its beauty, its complexity? Even when we’re drawing something, how much of it do we really see? How to See More Today, I’ve got a very simple drawing exercise for you that has the potential to help you see as you’ve never seen

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Why We Draw


Mark making is one of the oldest forms of communication we have. Drawing – of symbols – was the first way we communicated with each other across time and space. Of course we have language, and the Internet now. Much more efficient. Why do we still draw? I don’t think there’s a simple answer to

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May Drawing Practice: Mandalas


Today’s post is part of a new series I’m planning of monthly updates on my drawing practice. This blog was started, 8 years ago now, as a journal of me teaching myself to draw and paint. Since that process never ends, I thought it would be nice to come full circle and start doing that again

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