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Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air

What makes your heart skip a beat and say, "I have to paint this!"? Every painter is searching for the magic — that special something that compels you to bring a subject to life with a brush and canvas.

Sheree Jones shares some of the techniques she employs to capture that magic while painting in oils en plein air in the Opus video, Oil Techniques: Painting en Plein Air. Learn how starting with a value sketch compensates for changing light, how not painting all details can invite the viewer to explore a part of the painting, and more!...Read more

How to Varnish an Acrylic Painting

Keep your artwork looking as good as the day it was completed by learning how to apply a varnish layer!...Read more

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LIMITLESS 2017 - Online Exhibition and Competition - $1,000 in Artist Prizes

Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists, this entirely online exhibition and competition is open to artists worldwide. A portion of all submissions also assists in the creation of a $1,000 bursary for a visual arts student enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

First Place
Second Place
Third Place

Entries that are successful at jury will display in an online gallery at www.artists.ca between August 1 - October 31, 2017.

In addition to the prizes for participants, a portion of each submission also helps build a $1,000 bursary for an emerging artist in continued education....Read more

Painting on the Edge 2017 - $2,000 Grand First Place Prize

Painting on the Edge is an annual international open call, competition and exhibition open to all artists worldwide. Each year this exhibition encourages artists to challenge themselves in their current practice and get out of their artistic comfort zones. Challenge your audience, challenge your peers, challenge yourself!

First Place Prize: $2,000 Cash Prize
Second: Place Prize: $1,000 OPUS Framing and Art Supplies Gift Card
Third: Place Prize: $1,000 OPUS Framing and Art Supplies Gift Card
Fourth Place Prize: $1,000 OPUS Framing and Art Supplies Gift Card

Submission Deadline: June 16, 2016
Submission Link: https://artists.ca/submissions/view/id/638...Read more