John Pototschnik

John Pototschnik - Fine Arts Painter

John Pototschnik Projects

The Value of a Grayscale

Follow along with John as he demonstrates how to use Utrecht Artists’ Oil Colors to create a gray scale to use in your studio. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make a tool which you can use to easily judge contrast in your paintings and also serves as a valuable exercise in mixing color to the correct value.


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About the Artist

John Pototschnik painting outdoors

John Pototschnik began as a professional illustrator before moving on to a distinguished career in fine art in the early 1980s. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including four George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, silver medals in the Oil Painters of America National and Western Regional competitions, and many more. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, a master signature emeritus member of the Outdoor Painters Society, and is recognized by the Art Renewal Center as a living master. He has also been a teacher of painting for more than 30 years. John resides in Wylie, Texas with his wife, Marcia.

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