Horses grazing in spring pasture.

April is now past (barely). The Kentucky Derby is just ahead, but what I’m most looking forward are day trips through the Flint Hills and seeing sights such as the shown above. There’s nothing equal to horses grazing in an open field.

Unless it would be horses galloping freely across the open field!

EmptyEasel.com published three articles in April. Topics were about as varied as they come, with an article on preserving oil between painting sessions, tips on using colored paper to reduce drawing time with colored pencils, and the first part of a two-part demonstration on drawing pictorial depth.

How to Keep Oil Paint From Drying Between Painting Sessions
If your life is anything like mine, you probably don’t have the opportunity to do art as much as you’d like. Maybe you’ve worked out a schedule that gives you an hour or two every day, or (more likely) a few hours once or twice a week. Or maybe you have plenty of time in the studio, but you have several projects going at the same time and skip from one to another. Read more.

A Few Basic Tips for Using Colored Pencils
Every artist I know is always on the lookout for tips, tools, and techniques to improve his or her work. (I know I am!) But many times the search for new methods causes us to overlook the basics. So, this week, I wanted to share a brief refresher on a few basics worthy of note for any colored pencil artist. Read more.

How to Create the Illusion of Distance in Your Colored Pencil Drawings, Part 1
For many representational artists—myself included—the biggest hurdle to successful and believable artwork is creating the illusion of space, which is also known as pictorial depth. But how in the world do you depict a three-dimensional subject on a two-dimensional surface? Read more.