Painting Concepts: Making Use of Nature

Artist Buck Paulson demonstrates how you can use a photograph to plan your next painting.

Accomplished artist Buck Paulson has been teaching techniques of oil painting throughout the world, in person and through his “Painting with Paulson” educational series on Prairie Public.

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Painting Concepts - 2015

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