Anything painted directly, on the spot, always has a strength, a power, a lively touch that is lost in the studio. Your first impression is the right one. Stick to it and refuse to budge.
- Eugene Boudin
Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
- Henri Rousseau


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My Articles on Painting for

Posted by Charley Parker at 4:43 pm

My Articles on Painting for
As an adjunct to their long-established model of direct questions and answers, has launched a new “Category Expert Writer” program, in which writers with expertise in various areas contribute an ongoing series of short, informative articles in their field.

(As far as I know, they are still expanding the program. The information on applying to participate in the program hasn’t been posted yet, but I’ll try to mention it when it is.)

This seems an attempt by to provide more in-depth information than their other format allows, and to create a more blog or magazine-like reading experience.

A couple of months ago, I was asked to be the Category Expert Writer for the category of Painting, at:

I will be contributing articles for the Painting category on their site on a regular basis, at least 10 per month, sometimes more. Not every article in that category is mine, but I will be the most frequent contributor going forward.

So far, I’ve written about 35 short articles, roughly divided between historical topics on painters and schools of painting and instructional articles on painting technique and color.

Some recent examples are:

How to Make a Simple Shadow Box for Painting Still Life

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau and The Slav Epic

What are Drawing Problems vs. Painting Problems in Painting?

Who Were Some Famous Surrealist Artists?

Ultramarine Blue: Worth Its Weight in Gold

There isn’t a full list of just my articles on the Answers site, but I’ll be maintaining one here on Lines and Colors, linked at left under the Answers banner as “A list of my Articles“, or simply:

So far, the ads that support the site are very general and seem incongruous with the content, but hopefully they may become more topic-specific in the future.

I’ll try to include mention of new articles in the future in my Twitter feed, but the latest articles will always be available here from the link in the left sidebar.

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  1. Comment by Bill Marshall
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    I’ll enjoy watching this develop, and reading your well written articles.
    Congratulations on being chosen as a contributor. I hope there is some form of compensation for the writers.


  2. Comment by cparker
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    Thanks, Bill. Yes, I’m being paid to write the articles for them.

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