Month: April 2015

Art School

5 Painting Rules You Should Break

When learning to paint, whether you’re self-taught or attending art school or other classes, you’ll inevitably come across techniques or theories that are presented to you as rules you must follow. But there are exceptions to every rule, and it’s important to know when to break them…

Capoeiristas by Dan Johnson

Capoeiristas

A scene from a holiday in Fuzeta, Portugal, where we came across a group of people practicing Capoeira at the water’s edge.

Foraging by Dan Johnson

Foraging

I really enjoyed painting my previous ape study – Snack Time – so I tracked down another great reference photo for this full body pose.

Cat Nap by Dan Johnson

Cat Nap

Lions have always fascinated me. They look so peaceful most of the time, just lying around in the sun. You feel like you could just go up to them and stroke them like a cat…

Feed the Birds by Dan Johnson

Feed the Birds

My first attempt at this one was not the best, so I scraped it off. I’m learning to be less disappointed by these false starts as I know they are all part of the journey…

Sunset at Frognerseteren by Dan Johnson

Sunset at Frognerseteren

I recently spent a few nights in Olso, attending WordCamp Norway. The day after the conference, a big group of us took the train up the mountain to Frognerseteren, to go sledging…

Paddling by Dan Johnson

Paddling

Today’s painting is a self-portrait of sorts, given that the person in the painting is actually me…

6 Things I’ve Learnt From Daily Painting

A few weeks ago, I was buying something from Amazon, and a book came up in my recommendations that caught my eye. It was called Daily Painting by Carol Marine, and it had a lovely tomato painting on the cover…

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