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Expressive Still Life Painting Video Demonstration Using Acrylics - Bacon Bits Episode 7 - YouTube
 Demo overview

In this video demonstration you will get some inspiration for how to paint expressive still life with acrylic. The painting features a vase with red and yellow flowers, table top and coffee cup. Warm hues will dominate but delicately balanced with areas of cooler hues.

The design isn't covered in the demo but available to painthog members. It covers the composition and how the big shapes are designed within the frame. If you are a member be sure to login and have a look.

Materials
  • Small square/flat

  • Medium fan - synthetic

  • Liner brush

  • Small round

  • Heavy body acrylics

  • Cadmium yellow

  • Cerulean blue

  • Cadmium red light

  • Cadmium orange

  • Raw umber

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Titanium white

  • Bristol paper 11 x 14 inches

Want to learn more?

Visit painthog.com where you will discover courses designed to teach you how to blend traditional fundamentals with expressive painting techniques.

Expressive Still Life Painting Video Demonstration With Acrylics

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Created with acrylics, graphite, crayon and collage.

Enjoy a collection of abstract owl paintings created with acrylics, graphite, crayon and collage on paper. Unique and colorful owl artwork inspired from the love of painting animals.

If you know anything about me then you understand painting expressively is what I do. Cows are without a doubt my most popular animal subject and get most of the attention. But that's before owls came along.

These birds are the newest animal muse to take over the studio and have become very popular on Instagram. Plus I have enjoyed finding interesting ways to paint them and collaging, crayon and mark making all seem to go well with this subject.

What's next?

The plan is to continue to paint them of course! But I also want to experiment more to see how far I can push the abstract qualities and still have it look like an owl. Once I get more comfortable I'll start to add some owl painting tutorials to painthog so if you are a member you can look forward to that for sure!

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Abstract Still Life Painting Techniques - Bacon Bits Episode 6 - YouTube
 Time to brush up on your expressive painting skills

In this episode of Bacon Bits you will discover various abstract still life painting techniques. This step-by-step video demo is loaded with inspiring methods to loosen you up and have some fun making art.

When creating art I'm always on the prowl to try new things. And this still life lesson illustrates exactly that! To paint the simple yet extraordinary coffee cup I will use a toothbrush to apply the majority of the paint. And I will add some words to the art giving it an illustration type of finish.

What you need to know

Here are a few pointers from the demo.

  • I started with 11x14 inch Bristol paper that was previously used for an afternoon fun painting project with my son.

  • Paint is heavy body acrylics.

  • A square brush was used to add text/words.

  • The toothbrush was used to paint the majority of cup and background.

  • A liner brush was used to add details and highlights.

How to access more awesome demos like this?

Be sure to visit painthog.com where you can get immediate access to high-quality, fun art making tutorials like this one.

Oh, and did I mention Memberships start at $1 per month! That's an incredible value for some amazing courses.

And you patronage will go a long way in helping me create even better content.

Click here to learn more about memberships

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Let's Paint Cool Halloween Stuff With Acrylics, Collage And Charcoal - Bacon Bits Episode 5 - YouTube
 Go grab your brushes and paint! Join in on the fun!

In this episode of Bacon Bits we will create some festive halloween art with acrylics, collage, crayon and graphite. And to make it happen I will take you on a quick journey of how to explore a subject before diving into the finished project(s). It's important to make a few connections so that you are pumped up and feeling creative.

Step one: do some quick drawings

Take five, or ten minutes and doodle with some things that are synonymous with halloween. If you need some inspiration just Google it! This first step is the most important so be sure to invest some energy here. You can have a close look at my sketches below.

Painting and collaging pumpkins

For my first project I went with pumpkins. As you will see in the demo I worked spontaneously and didn't have a preconceived technique. The only goal was to work quickly with whatever came to mind. The results aren't always perfect. So when something doesn't work the idea is quickly abandoned. Then I move on to the next idea that comes to mind. It's a fun process that allows one to discover and explore new methods for creating.

Candy corn time!

I'll have to admit candy corn was my least favorite treat. I always tried to trade with my siblings and friends but that rarely worked. But I will say I enjoyed painting them. It's an easy shape to make and has some cool stripes of color.

Last but not least; ghosts

This one seemed boring at first but I actually enjoyed this one the most. The end results are pretty sweet, too. Really glad I decided to give them a try. As you will see in the demo I used some dark hues and glued white collage paper on top. The cuts were rough which allowed room to add some paint to define the shapes.

Did you enjoy this tutorial?

If you enjoyed the tutorial please support them! I have a fantastic website below, painthog, where you can view more lessons and advanced courses.

Whether you are a beginner, or have been around a while, I can assure you there's plenty of great things for you to learn.

Memberships start at $1 per month and will go towards helping me make better content and more of it!

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Abstract Landscape Painting Techniques Using Acrylics, Collage And Unconventional Brushwork - BB #4 - YouTube
 Expressive landscape painting techniques to get the juices flowing.

In this episode of Bacon Bits you will discover abstract landscape painting techniques using acrylics, collage and graphite. If you are looking for unconventional ways to paint more expressively, or you are in a rut this is the video demonstration you need.

In the landscape video tutorial you will see the painting come together from beginning to end. It's created with energy, confidence and fun. Well that and some good technique.

What you need to know

Below is a quick look at how the painting evolved. Keep in mind I did not include information about design and composition in this episode but they are available for painthog members.

  • I started with a reject painting that measured 11 x 15 inches

  • The initial layout was done with thinner paint using a fan brush

  • In this demo I started with laying in some major shapes which was only possible because I was familiar with the design

  • Happy accidents are always welcome and I rarely freak out about them

  • Using a liner, or signature, brush is a great way to add expressive brushwork

  • I would recommend only using it on smaller scale painting

  • Use collage to add layers and expressive qualities

  • Use your values wisely and try to avoid adding darkest darks and lightest lights too soon.

  • The same can be said for color. So, try to avoid hues that are too saturated in the beginning. Save them for the finish.

Premium memberships available for as low as $1 per month

If you enjoyed the demo be sure to check out painthog.com where you will discover plenty more tutorials and online courses. There you can become a premium member and help support this type of content. With your support it will be possible to make these videos better quality and more importantly more of them.

The ultimate goal with the painthog mission is to make art fun and to share my passion for teaching and painting loosely with mixed media with like-minded artists.

Click here to learn more about memberships

Abstract Landscape Painting Techniques Using Mixed Media

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Affordable Expressive Cow Art For The Cow Lover In You

Fun, abstract cow paintings created with mixed media on paper and canvas. These cows represent some of the recent works created in late 2018. The focus lately is bold mark making and collaging. The collage part is new to the creative process and I'm thrilled that I finally gave it a try because I love it.

Back Story

I started painting cows back in 2008 when I lived in rural Suffolk, Virginia. After driving for hours looking for a place to paint I finally decided to pull over at a cow farm.

At the time the cows were in the middle of the field which was pretty far away from my setup. The curiosity got the better of them as they eventually lumbered over to where I was painting.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Interested in learning he art of painting abstract cows?

Be sure to visit my teaching website where I have an online course that will blow your mind! And you can apply the techniques to any animal, too.

Click here to check it out

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Created with acrylics, collage and a whole lot of fun.

Loose, fun and abstract flower paintings created with acrylics, collage and mixed media. These artworks capture a variety of flowers from Japanese anemones to sunflowers. They also incorporate my newest technique and that collaging.

Mixed media has always been in focus with my art. Specifically mixing linear interest using charcoal, graphite and crayons.

For years I've always been intrigued with collaging. For whatever reason I just never took the plunge. That all changed about a month ago as I finally purchased some Mod Podge and gathered some pattern papers.

What I did next

One thing I teach a lot is having a go-to subject. One that you can easily fall back on if you lose your way, or want to explore a new technique. My go-to subject is cows. I've painted them for over ten years and rarely get tired of doing it.

Having said that I guess you know where this is going? The very first collage I did was a cow. Why? Because it allowed me to focus on the technique and not worry about subject matter. This is critical in my approach to learning and I can't stress it enough to consider having one for yourself.

A go-to subject should be simple. An object like a coffee cup, wine bottle, a vase with flowers. If you decide to implement this strategy you will see how that subject changes over the years, too. Fun stuff!

Interested in learning how to paint them?

Then visit painthog.com where you can find plenty of tips for painting flowers and other subjects. Memberships start at $1 per month. Thank me later!

Click here to visit painthog.com

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Art First, Productivity, Filming, You-Tubing, Social Media And More. Bacon Bits - Episode 3 - YouTube
 A day in the studio with painthog.

In this episode of Bacon Bits I will take you on a journey of what my day is like in the studio. Being a full time artist means creating art, selling art, teaching art, managing websites, social media and more.

To keep up with it all I will share thoughts on why art comes first, staying organized, filming tutorials, successful you tube-ing, social media branding and more.

I hope you enjoy it and thanks for watching.

Teaching websites

Visit painthog where you can access premium paint loose courses for as low as $1 per month. -

CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT

Visit SkillShare to check out all the awesome courses for painting with acrylics, watercolor and mixed media.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT SKILLSHARE

Join painthog on youtube

I would love to have you as a new subscriber. Please visit the link below to visit the youtube channel.

CLICK HERE to view YouTube channel

Swatches created with limited palette.

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Enjoy a collection of unique and affordable original Maine art.

If you appreciate loose, abstract Maine landscape painting you are in the right place. This collection depicts mostly coastal scenes created with acrylics, graphite and collage.

So, I started visiting Maine back in 2000. Being a Virginian I mostly vacationed and visited the southern states like Florida and North Carolina. But one Fall I ended up in beautiful Stonington, Maine and immediately fell in love with it.

I have a background in commercial fishing ( I was a scallop fisherman from 1992 - 94) so I naturally gravitated to the working fishermen town. I've returned to Maine many times, especially Stonington, and have taken quite a few family members along with me. It's always fun to see their excitement when they see this beautiful state for the first time.

Anyhow, it's been six years since I've visited Maine but thankfully I have my art to remind me. I have hundreds of pics from my journeys so it's easy to find new inspiration for the next painting.

Hope you enjoyed the expressive Maine art collection.

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Explore expressive brushwork techniques with the most neglected brush ever, great coffee and more. - YouTube
 Plus discover how to explore brushes and my secret to awesome coffee.

So, why is it no one loves the fan brush? I know some of you probably own one but do you really use it to its potential?

In this episode of Bacon Bits you will see why I think this brush is underused and neglected by most. Here's what's included in the video;

My secret to an amazing cup of coffee
  1. The most unloved brush on the planet

  2. An exercise that will teach you how to explore the fan brush (it works for any brush)

  3. A quick look at the fan brush in action

No morning is complete without yummy coffee

If you are a coffee drinker and love it as much as I do then you should seriously consider the French press. Once you do it's possible you will never go back to the traditional coffee pot.

  • It all starts with quality whole beans

  • Grind it but don't overdo it. Too fine and you will have sludge in the bottom of your cup and that's just yucky.

  • Add grounds to French press

  • Add boiling water

  • Be sure to give it a good stir

  • Put on the press lid but don't press it!

  • Wait 4-5 minutes

  • Press it

  • Pour and enjoy!

So, what's the most neglected brush on the planet?

The fan brush! And for those that do own one they probably only use it for the obvious and that's just boring. Here's why you should own one and use it on every painting.

  • There are three unique sides that all create their own distinct mark(s).

  • You can paint large areas using the broad side

  • Paint expressive marks with the tip of the bristles

  • Add details and thinner strokes using the sides

  • Not many brushes have this type of flexibility. And it's not uncommon to create entire paintings with only a fan.

Try this exercise for getting to know your brushes.

Check out what the fan brush can do

Below is the demo painting where the fan brush was used to its potential. The fan brush is pretty incredible when you think about how versatile it can be.

Expressive landscape created with fan brush.

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