The Dirty Palette

Stories from an art educators studio.

So many Pumpkins!

It is almost October, and I am getting ready to start my next round of instructional courses, and I thought pumpkin still lifes would make the perfect subject. While taking the reference photos, I got a bit carried away with setting up the still lifes and took more images than I could need for...

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Back to reading my stack of books.

As I am getting back into my daily and weekly routine, albeit a different routine from a few months ago, I find time to get back into my stack of books that I want to read. Over the past week, I picked up my copy of “Traditional Oil Painting; Advanced Techniques and Concepts from the...

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The Basic Perspective course is now available.

I believe I have honed my videoing editing skills a bit more with the release of my recorded online course for Basic Perspective. In this foundational course, I walk students through the basic concepts of perspective, discussing the importance of the horizon line, vanishing points, and...

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Enjoy the process!

Find your own voice but build it on a strong foundation of understanding value, color, and design. I thought I would share three new paintings created by different students to highlight their approach, application, and level of details each created in their finished works. First and foremost,...

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​Introducing the new Student Gallery page

I have always thought it very important to share my students’ hard work, and now having gone online with my instruction I felt that it was time to create the new Student Gallery page on my new website. I plan to post new albums as the students finish their original drawings and paintings either...

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​I know Kung Fu!

So, my grand idea moving forward is to offer several new instructional classes a month, short classes that are only a few hours, and multi-day classes. Both of which I want to prerecord so I can offer them immediately to the students who took the live online class. I didn’t realize the tremendous...

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​End of one road and the beginning of the new one.

End of era, the Midlothian Art Academy sign in the county dump Well, I guess the first post on this blog should be on why we are here. It was not my intension to build an online art school platform; well, maybe that isn’t the complete truth. In 2016 I had initially thought about creating some...

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