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Paul Heaston was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Texas, San Antonio in 2002 and his MFA from Montana State University in 2008, where he continued on as a faculty member. He is an obsessive sketchbook-keeper and spent 6 months between 2008 and 2009 meticulously drawing every building in downtown Bozeman, Montana in a pocket-sized sketchbook. Heaston is a correspondent for, an internationally known website showcasing visual journalism all over the world, and in addition maintains his own sketch blog, Three Letter Word for Art. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Linda and their dog Freddie.

    Fine Art Friday: Introduction to the Great Romantic Painters

    Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Painting | Comments

    Théodore Géricault's The Raft of the MedusaNo movement in painting has captured more drama and storytelling power than the Romantic movement. Romantic artists depicted raw and powerful emotional experiences, showing how humans experience the sublime -- the terrifying and wonderful mysteries of nature and the universe. Here's a look at some of the great Romantic painters. Read more

    4 Essential Tips for Drawing a Self-Portrait

    Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Painting | Comments

    Hand Drawn Self-PortraitWe starving artists know that in a pinch, we always have access to one model absolutely free of charge: ourselves! The self-portrait is one of the oldest traditions in art, and for good reason. Not only are you always available to pose (so long as you have a mirror), but there's no better way to practice achieving a likeness than with the face you are most familiar. Read more

    Getting to Know the Types of Acrylic Paint

    Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Painting | Comments

    Acrylic PaintsYou might have noticed while wandering through the art supply store recently there are a few newer types of acrylic paint out there: heavy-bodied, fluid and open (slow-drying). These different kinds of acrylic paint open up new possibilities for the medium, allowing for even more versatile applications of paint. What are the differences? Let's take a look. Read more

    The Artist’s Studio: 5 Tips for Caring for Your Brushes

    Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Painting | Comments

    Cleaning Paint BrushesYou might have noticed that some paint brushes are very expensive! Most of the time the reason is that they are of very high quality, and worth the investment. But a good brush is only worth it if you can get the most use out of it. Get the most out of your investment with these five tips for caring for and extending the life of your brushes. Read more

    Fine Art Friday: The Basics of Three-Point Perspective

    Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Drawing, Painting | Comments

    Drawing Three-Point PerspectiveWe've covered one-point perspective and two-point perspective, which are excellent methods for drawing when you are looking out toward the horizon line. But what if you are looking toward the ground or up into the sky? These are situations when the rules of one and two-point perspective begin to break down and distortions starts to happen. But there is a solution! Three-point perspective gives you the ability to make far more dynamic drawings. Read more