PAINTING MINI-LESSONS
with Marla Baggeta

These “mini-lessons” grew out of my blog. I love sharing my experience behind the easel, so these are free. I write a new one every two or three weeks, so please feel free to share with artist friends.

These lessons are mostly written text with graphics…short but useful tidbits from the foundations of painting that touch on subjects such as aerial perspective, simultaneous contrast or using negative spaces. I guide you through different aspects of painting and art that will get you comfortable with using pastels. You’ll gain confidence to attempt work that you might have otherwise been timid about.

Good-Photo-To-Paint-360x360

01-GOOD OR BAD? WHAT MAKES A GOOD PHOTO REFERENCE?

Read More →
Making-Values-Work-1-1-360x360

02-MAKING VALUES WORK: BASIC VALUE PATTERNS

Read More →
Use-Spacing-Intervals-360x360

03-DON’T BE BORING: USE SPACING & INTERVALS

Read More →
Photo-Reference-360x360

04-PHOTO REFERENCE: DON’T BE A SLAVE TO IT!

Read More →
Aerial-Perspective-360x360

05-AERIAL PERSPECTIVE

Read More →
Pushing-Color-360x360

06-PUSHING COLOR

Read More →
Setting-Up-Your-Spot-360x360

07-SETTING UP YOUR SPOT!

Read More →
Inventing-Color-360x360

08-INVENTING COLOR

Read More →
Color-On-the-Edge-1-360x360

09-COLOR ON THE EDGE: SHADOW MEETS LIGHT

Read More →
Seeing-Planes-in-Light-360x360

10-​​​​​​​SEEING PLANES IN LIGHT

Read More →
Oil-Painting-Demo-360x360

11-OIL PAINTING DEMO

Read More →
Simultaneous-Contrast-360x360

12-SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

Read More →
Mini-Demo-Pastel-Painting-Video-360x360

13-MINI-DEMO: PASTEL PAINTING VIDEO

Read More →
Focusing-on-the-negative-2-360x360

14-FOCUSING ON THE NEGATIVE!

Read More →
Your-John-Hancock-360x360

15-YOUR JOHN HANCOCK

Read More →
More-Simultaneous-Contrast-360x360

16-MORE SIMULTANEOUS CONTRAST

Read More →
Color-Interaction-Reaction-360x360

17-COLOR INTERACTION & REACTION!

Read More →
To-Blend-or-Not-to-Blend-360x360

18-TO BLEND OR NOT TO BLEND?

Read More →
Getting-Into-Juried-Shows-360x360

19-ELEVEN TIPS FOR GETTING INTO JURIED SHOWS

Read More →
What-Should-I-Paint-360x360

20-WHAT SHOULD I PAINT?

Read More →
What’s-On-the-Edges-360x360

21-WHAT’S ON THE EDGES?

Read More →
Making-Time-to-Paint-1-360x360

22-MAKING TIME TO PAINT

Read More →
Searching-for-Style-360x360

23-SEARCHING FOR STYLE

Read More →
Do-Your-Pastels-Need-a-Home-1-1-360x360

24-DO YOUR PASTELS NEED A HOME?

Read More →
Traveling-with-Pastels-360x360

25-TRAVELING WITH PASTELS

Read More →
Vistas-Vineyards-360x360

26-VISTAS & VINEYARDS

Read More →
colors-360x360

27-KEEP TRACK OF THOSE COLORS!

Read More →
SparksLake-1-360x360

28-SPARKS LAKE

Read More →
TaoInTheMorning-360x360

29-TAOS IN THE MORNING

Read More →
Wilamette-360x360

30-WILLAMETTE RIVER PASTEL & OIL

Read More →
FocalPoint-360x360

31-THE ALL IMPORTANT FOCAL POINT

Read More →
CaseForDrawing-360x360

32-A CASE FOR DRAWING

Read More →
groove-1-360x360

33-FINDING A GROOVE, THEN GROOVING

Read More →
bigfinish-360x360

34-THE BIG FINISH

Read More →
permission600x315-2-360x360

35-PERMISSION GRANTED AND THE 3 P’S

Read More →
ChasingMagic-360x360

36-CHASING MAGIC

Read More →
mini2-360x360

37-GRAND GRADATIONS

Read More →
Holes-360x360

38-JUST HOLES?

Read More →
Taking-It-Abstract-360x360

39-TAKING IT ABSTRACT

Read More →
AutumnFieldReference-360x360

40-SEEING A VISION

Read More →
Erasing-Pastels-360x360

41-ERASING PASTELS

Read More →
simplify-featured-360x360

42-SIMPLIFY

Read More →
whats-in-name-360x360

43-WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Read More →
the-johnny-depp-factor-360x360

44-THE JOHNNY DEPP FACTOR

Read More →
iaps-1-360x360

45-IAPS ROAD TRIP!

Read More →
Composition-Basics-360x360

46-COMPOSITION BASICS

Read More →
Stuff_To_Avoid-1-360x360

47-STUFF TO AVOID

Read More →
Pesky-Greens-4-360x360

48-THOSE PESKY GREENS!

Read More →
seeing-mona-2-360x360

49-SEEING MONA

Read More →
primary_cubes-360x360

50-PRIMARY COLOR CUBES

Read More →
what-360x360

51-WHAT TO LEAVE IN, WHAT TO TAKE OUT

Read More →
just-shape-360x360

52-DON’T FORGET IT’S JUST A SHAPE!

Read More →
A-Tree-is-Not-a-Tree-1-360x360

53-A TREE IS NOT A TREE

Read More →
better-paintings-featured-360x360

54-REMINDER TO SELF: MAKE BETTER PAINTINGS

Read More →
magpie-360x360

55-THE MAGPIE: WHY IT WORKS

Read More →
mini4-1-360x360

56-CARLSON’S THEORY OF ANGLES

Read More →
20728364_10209544285431306_5675799382342574895_n-360x360

57-BEING A GOOD WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT

Read More →
How-to-Render-Glass-in-Pastel-360x360

58-HOW TO RENDER GLASS IN PASTEL

Read More →
How-to-Paint-a-Patterned-Vase-in-Pastel-360x360

59-HOW TO PAINT A PATTERNED VASE IN PASTEL

Read More →
dust-360x360

60-HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN DUST CATCHER FOR PASTELS

Read More →
mini-360x360

61-WHAT’S WORKING? FOREST SILENCE BY JOHN F. CARLSON

Read More →
white_vase_feat1-360x360

62-WHITE VASE ON A WHITE BACKGROUND

Read More →
still-life-4-featured-360x360

63-HOW TO PAINT A STILL LIFE IN PASTEL

Read More →
winter-river-featured-360x360

64-WINTER RIVER ON PASTELMAT

Read More →
Monterey-featured-360x360

65-MONTEREY MINI PAINTING

Read More →
oaks-feat-360x360

66-RETURN TO OAKS BOTTOM

Read More →
feat-360x360

67-WHAT’S WORKING & WHY

Read More →
interview-featured-360x360

68-ART ELEMENTS SHOW- A CHAT WITH JEFF WHITE

Read More →
cow-360x360

69-DEDICATION, FRIENDSHIP & ART

Read More →
chromatic-featured-360x360

70-MARCH Q&A

Read More →
finding-light-featured-360x360

71-“FINDING LIGHT” TIME LAPSE

Read More →
summer-pastel-featured-360x360

72-SUMMER TREE TIME LAPSE

Read More →
so-much-to-paint-featured-360x360

73-SO MUCH TO PAINT, SO LITTLE TIME!

Read More →
turquoise-feat-360x360

74-TURQUOISE AND TRANSITIONS

Read More →
loomis5_feat-1-360x360

75-WHAT ANDREW TAUGHT ME

Read More →
price-2-360x360

76-THE PRICE AND VALUE OF ART

Read More →
why-do-people-buy-art-featured-360x360

77-WHY DO PEOPLE BUY ART?

Read More →
20180510_102555-360x360

78-FRAMING ANGST

Read More →
value-360x360

79-PAYING ATTENTION TO GREY

Read More →
still-life-mini-lesson-360x360

80-STILL LIFE IN PASTEL

Read More →
keeping-safe-and-clean-360x360

81-KEEPING SAFE AND CLEAN

Read More →
Resistance-to-Thumbnails-Featured-360x360

82-RESISTANCE TO THUMBNAILS

Read More →
image-1-360x360

83-TRUST THE PROCESS

Read More →
image-3-360x360

84-SAFETY FIRST

Read More →
matc-360x360

85 – HOW TO ACCURATELY MATCH COLOR IN PASTEL

Read More →
in-service-1-360x360

86-IN SERVICE OF A FOCAL POINT

Read More →
Simple-Secrets-to-Painting-featured-360x360

87-SIMPLE SECRETS TO PAINTING

Read More →
pushing-and-pulling-2-360x360

88-PUSHING AND PULLING

Read More →
Overlapping-Featured-360x360

89-OVERLAPPING SHAPES

Read More →
featured-foregrounds-360x360

90-POINTS TO REMEMBER ABOUT FOREGROUNDS

Read More →
Show-Me-Your-Red-Featured-360x360

91-SHOW ME YOUR RED

Read More →
IMG-1559

92 – THE BEST VIEWFINDER ON THE MARKET

Read More →
Fiji-Sunset-Live-Lesson-360x360

Lesson 39 – Fiji Sunset Live Lesson

Read More →
Scroll to Top