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Paul Heaston
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 Urbansketchers.org, 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.

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Fine Art Friday: Introduction to the Great Romantic Painters

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 »

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Getting to Know the Master Impressionists

Monet's It may seem hard to believe these days, but when the first impressionist painters started making work in Paris in the 1870s, they were not well received by the 19th-century art world. Though they faced opposition initially, the power and beauty of the style overcame the objections of a conservative few to become one of the most important art movements of all time. So who were the impressionists? Let's get to know them! Read more »

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Fine Art Friday: Masters of the Watercolor Landscape

Watercolor LandscapeWatercolor is a medium that requires patience and dedication to master. Landscape painting is a discipline that requires the same thing. So painters of watercolor landscapes often have a doubly difficult time in their chosen field. If you find yourself in need of a little inspiration, take a look at some watercolor landscapes from the masters. Read more »

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Fine Art Friday: Scumbling — An Essential Oil Painting Technique

Lucien Freud's Reflection (Self Portrait)Atmospheric. Translucent. Radiant. Painterly. Chances are if you've ever applied these descriptive terms to an oil painting, you were looking at some of the effects scumbling can give you. Scumbling, a must-have technique in any oil painter's bag of tricks, is where light layers of paint are dry brushed over darker layers. To understand scumbling, let's take a look at some examples. Read more »

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Drawing a Child’s Face: Mastering Proportions

Child and Adult ProportionsIf you've drawn faces before, you know there are a lot of differences between a child's face and an adult's. It can be a challenge to make sure that a young person's face seems young or an older person's face appears old, especially when there aren't a lot of noticeable age-related characteristics, like wrinkles or facial hair. Proportion is the most important concept to consider when drawing a child's face. Here are some tips to help you better understand how proportion can help you when drawing children. Read more »

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In the Fold: Tips for Painting Draped Fabric in Watercolor

Painting Fabric with WatercolorAny watercolorist is bound to encounter the challenge of painting fabric eventually, either on a figure, in the built environment or as part of a still life. The key to painting draped fabric is thinking about shape, shadow and texture. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you master painting fabric in watercolor. Read more »

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Conquering the Coiffure: Keys to Drawing Realistic Hair

Drawing HairDrawing realistic hair can seem daunting because we artists sometimes get caught up in just how many strands of hair we can see, and lose sight of the big picture. The key to drawing great hair is to think about shape and value, and not always the finest details. Here's a tutorial to help you draw realistic hair. Read more »