Alla Prima

By: Courtney McCreary Hi everyone~ One traditional method of painting is known as “alla prima”, which basically means “all at once”. It’s very similar to en plein air in landscape painting (which I discussed in a previous post), in that its completed in one or two sessions. Because of this, alla prima paintings tend to appear loose, with less fine details. But by no means … Continue reading Alla Prima

“Hey There Demons, It’s Me, Ya Boy”

By: Courtney McCreary As the semester winds down and I slowly lose my mental stability, this week I thought I’d share a painting I did entirely for fun. This is a 9×12 painting on canvas that I did over the summer. Obviously it’s not the greatest painting. It’s definitely not something I’d ever exhibit, just something fun I made on a spur of the moment … Continue reading “Hey There Demons, It’s Me, Ya Boy”

Key It Up- Value Keys and Their Impact on Paintings

By: Courtney McCreary Hi Everyone~ One of the most important things to consider when painting is which value key you want to work with in terms of colors and values. Each key universally conveys different moods, which can give the viewer a certain feeling to associate with the painting. This week I’ll briefly describe the three main value keys used in painting and their corresponding … Continue reading Key It Up- Value Keys and Their Impact on Paintings

UnbeLEAFable- Leaf Paintings With Different Techniques

By: Courtney McCreary Hello friends~ For the past week or two, my painting class has been working on 5×7 leaf studies using a different painting approach for each one. Mine aren’t quite complete yet, so I figured it would be interesting to show you what they look mid-process. This first one was painted using the direct method, in which the local color and value are … Continue reading UnbeLEAFable- Leaf Paintings With Different Techniques

Working with Watercolors

By: Courtney McCreary Howdy, You Art People! I know I touched on watercolors in one of my previous posts, but this time I figured I’d go a little more in depth about them. Not gonna lie, watercolors can be pesky to work with, getting the hang of them can be tricky. They’re very different from working with oils or acrylics, where you can rework the … Continue reading Working with Watercolors

Colorful Expression

By: Courtney McCreary Howdy, friends!~ This week I wanted to show you two expressive paintings I’ve done in my classes over the past semester or two. Painting expressively is a pretty stress free process, and it’s great. There are no rules as to composition, color scheme; none of that stuff here. It’s fun to just explore with colors and just let your mind go in … Continue reading Colorful Expression

Exploring Different Paints

by: Courtney McCreary Hey there, friends!~ This week I wanted to review the pros and cons of different types of paint. Everyone has their preference, and some people find that certain paints work better depending on their own painting styles. The best thing to do is experiment and find out what floats your boat. So here’s a basic overview of watercolors, acrylics, and oils. Watercolors … Continue reading Exploring Different Paints

Landscape Painting- “En Plein Air”

By: Courtney McCreary ~Hello friends!~ Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from being cooped up in the painting studio, and head outside to work on painting en plein air. “En plein air” is French term which translates to “in the open air”; essentially a fancy term for painting outdoors. This method of painting was popular with Impressionist painters like Claude Monet, and is still … Continue reading Landscape Painting- “En Plein Air”