On Becoming a Master by Barry John Raybould


The Road from Chailly to Fontainebleau – by Claude Monet

Each level in your personal development is a level of complexity that you need to fully absorb and integrate into your thinking before you can proceed to the next level. If you try to skip a level and attempt to do too much too soon, it will only slow down your progress and create a lot of frustration.

You may be surprised to hear that the more you learn about painting, the harder it gets. The more experienced you become, the more effort and time it takes to get to the next level. In the words of Monet: “My painting…obsesses and torments me. I don’t know which way I’m going. One day I think I’m at work on a masterpiece, then it turns into a nothing. I fight, I fight on without making any headway. I believe I am seeking the impossible, but I’m filled with confidence.” Monet, 1888.

This is the wonderful thing about painting – there is always more to explore and learn about so you never get bored. We are all on a journey up a ladder that reaches to infinity. All we can aspire to in our lifetime is to climb a few rungs of the ladder. The lessons at the Virtual Art Academy will show you how.


Cancer Claims Life of Maggie Price


On April 4, 2013 Maggie Price passed away after a short battle with brain cancer. The New Mexico artist was the President of the International Association of Pastel Societies and the founding editor of the Pastel JournalShe was an accomplished artist, a dedicated pastel workshop teacher, and an author for North Light Books.

The art world has lost a great friend and a wonderful pastel instructor. Maggie’s paintings can be viewed at Maggie Price Art.  To read the blog by Maggie and her husband, Bill Canright, visit the website Painting Partners.

Learn Oil Painting Techniques from the Great Masters of Today by Cindy Salaski

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My first book with F+W Media/North Light Books, tentatively titled Learn Oil Painting Techniques from the Great Masters of Today is scheduled for release in July 2014. The book will feature twenty of today’s top Master Oil Painters.

This book should appeal to not only beginning and intermediate artists, but advanced artists as well. Ten step-by-step painting demonstrations along with twenty galleries filled with stunning landscape, portrait, and still life oil paintings should make this book a real treasure for both serious artists and art collectors.

The book cover shown is not the actual book cover, just a result of me playing around in Keynote. The actual book cover will be created by the professional designers at North Light Books, and the book will be in a vertical format not a horizontal one as shown above.