Tips & Advice

  • Restore paint brushes: Mix together 1 part Wisk (laundry detergent) and 2 parts ammonia. Soak brushes in the solution to remove dried on oil paint.
  • Use circle guides to ensure perfect circles (i.e. eyes.) CThrough Ruler Company makes a nice guide for small circles, but you can also use any round form: lids, cups, etc.
  • Strathmore sells a new drawing paper in several colors, like grey, tan, and black. Coal black Artigain Paper, used with charcoal and pastels, produces dramatic effects.
  • Hot (smooth) & cold (rough) press papers: A favorite is 300# hot press Fabriano W/C paper for use with color pencils.
  •  Black erasers work well with black paper.
  • Color pencils tend to mix and change colors - somewhat unpredictable. Color pencils also fade easily over time. But they should not be sprayed with a fixative. UV glass might help, but is expensive.
  • There is no 'universal sizing system' across manufacturers for brush sizes.  So a size '10' in one line of brushes may not be the same size '10' from another brand.

Guild Meetings - Painting Tips

 This painting, done by Bob Shoop during a Robert Warren workshop, illustrates how glazes make a painting appear more realistic. Bob explained that the process begins with a warm (orange) under-coating, over which the subject is painted in acrylic gray/black values. Once dry, opaque scumbles and transparent oil glazes are added to produce a luminous glow, as light bounces through the translucent layers.

Guild members had an opportunity to look through one of Robert Warren's books, which demonstrates this technique, as well as a painting packet used during the workshops. The website where painting packets of this technique can be obtained is:

"Progression of a Painter"

by Bob Shoop

Where are you?  Where do you want to be?  What do you need to work on?

Beginner:  LEARNING TO PAINT objects, form, paint application and techniques, dimension, and distance.
IntermediateKNOWING, SEEING, and APPLYING light effects, textures, emphasis, composition, edges, values, colors, and developing individual uniqueness.
Advanced: UNDERSTANDING, VISUALLY PERCEIVING, FEELING and EXPRESSING all of the above, synchronized with mood and emotion, impression, relationships, and mystery.
Mastery:   Going beyond knowing, understanding, visually perceiving, feeling, applying, and expressing TO TOUCH OTHERS BY ORCHESTRATING A VISUAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPACT!

 SAG member artwork is displayed monthly at:

  • "The Core" (room for several pieces)
  • Dumplin’s Restaurant (one large painting.)
  • Allen County Public Library (also displays artwork from classes.)

Bowling Green Libraries: If you would like to exhibit your artwork (usually 10-15 pieces), please email Jayne Pelaski at

  •  Smiths Grove Branch (artwork is left for two months)
  •  1 month-only exhibits at the Bob Kirby Branch (in front of Greenwood High, behind Culver’s)
  • Main Library at 1225 State Street in Bowling Green.


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