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Hues, Tints, Tones and Shades: What’s the Difference?

By Paul Heaston

A lot of us use the terms hue, tint, tone and shade when referring to color, but did you know each of these terms has a very specific meaning? For a painter, knowing the difference is important when communicating concepts and mixing the right colors.

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Painting a Pine Tree in Acrylics

By Paul Heaston
Painting a Pine Tree in AcrylicsPainting a tree can feel like a daunting task for any landscape painter, from beginner to pro. With all the branches, leaves, and bark, it seems like nothing could be more complicated than a tree. And it is true, you could spend days painting all of that information. But there are ways to conquer painting a tree without obsessing over each and every detail. All you have to do is simplify. And here's a step-by-step tutorial to help you do just that! Read more »

The History of Portraiture

By Paul Heaston
As long as people have made art there have been portraits. Enjoy a trip through history, looking at how portraits began and where the discipline is in the art world today. Read more »