Why I Stopped Painting and Started Drawing : The Art of Flexibility.

During July, my sons have a three week break from school. It’s mid-winter, and the risk of cabin-fever is high. Adjustments to the usual schedule must be made for everyone’s sanity, and – let’s be honest – to prevent scenes that end with someone shouting, “I will throw you through the nearest window if you … More Why I Stopped Painting and Started Drawing : The Art of Flexibility.

Painting Small v. Painting Large – A beginners tip, Part 1

This is a post my teachers would probably disagree with. My painting teacher always told me to work large. The theory behind this is simple: Working at a larger scale with larger brushes helps a beginner to paint a little more loosely, and hopefully not get too bogged down with the details. It can also … More Painting Small v. Painting Large – A beginners tip, Part 1

How to make a gallery-style frame for your art, the Fiona Verdouw way.

It’s been a while in the making, but today’s the day I make good on that promise to explain how I construct the frames for my paintings. It’s a long, but picture-filled post, so sit yourself comfortably – and don’t fret: I’ve made a succinct, downloadable PDF of these instructions – for those of you … More How to make a gallery-style frame for your art, the Fiona Verdouw way.