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The Artist Daily blog is the Artist Daily flagship source for art world info, tips and techniques on painting and drawing, and explorations of all things art—from contemporary art and artists to the lush works of the Old Masters. Written by Courtney Jordan, the editor of Artist Daily, the Artist Daily blog is the place for Artist Daily community to gather and discuss, learn, and engage, so we can head to the studio inspired and with our creativity sparked.

Composition VII, 1913 by Wassily Kandinsky

Your Painting (and Mine!) Fails Because of THIS

Avoid This Beginner Painting Mistake Since the mid-1800s, numerous artists (and beginner painting students) have stressed color over other elements in painting, mistaking color choice as the root of all success or failure in painting. They cite the Impressionists as examples, but Monet, for instance, explored how to paint light and its effects on the…

The Three Graces by Patricia Hannaway, charcoal and chalk drawing.

If You Don’t Get Loose

Sketching As a Starting Point It’s tricky when an activity involves technique but is actually done best when you just get loose and let things happen naturally and effortlessly. Dancing is that way, and learning how to draw and sketching are, in part, that way too. There are a lot of things that you can…

Painting by Marc Dalessio.

What Do Painters Really Do?

Mixing Color Like a Master Do you know how frustrating it is to love something, but not necessarily know everything about it? That’s sometimes the way I feel about mixing color. I have such a visual lust for color–learning new colors, discovering new color combinations, figuring out how various light sources effect hue, and how…

Beginning at the Water's Edge by Jovan Karlo Villalba.

Tissues, Sand Paper, and Razor Blades

Attack Your Canvas with More Paint Texture I sometimes put so much emphasis on what I’m painting—thinking about what makes a strong composition and how to lead a viewer through a work—that sometimes I forget or forego the opportunity to explore a purely sensory relationship with the surface and paint texture. Try closing your eyes…

Cheers to the human form, figure painting, and
how it continues to inspire. Water
Serpents II by Gustav Klimt, 1904.

Cheers to Conquering My Fear

A Toast to Quiet Moments, Figure Painting & More   As I am faced with being a little over a month into this “new” year, I wanted to take the opportunity to belatedly craft a toast to 2016 and acknowledge all the great art that has been created in the past and has yet to…

Stag at Sharkey's by George Bellows, 1909. Bellows was an avid fan of boxing and painted the sport throughout his career. Incidentally, he also almost became a career sportsman in his own right, playing baseball, though he decided against such a pursuit in order to devote himself to his art.

Super Bowl Sunday Pre-Game Art Show

Sports, Illustrated in a Painting Blog? Super Bowl Sunday approaches and of course my mind doesn’t go immediately to who I am going to root for (Atlanta by default because my team was eliminated even before the playoffs) or what to make for the tailgating party I am going to (nachos of course!), but to…

Carousel of Paris by John Salminen, watercolor painting.

5 Tips If You Are Just Starting Out

Proven Steps of Watercolor Painting Mastery One of the best things about being at Artist Daily is seeing incredible artwork on a daily basis. This is especially true in the area of watercolor painting. I wasn’t too familiar with many contemporary artists working in the medium before I started working here, but I’ve become quite…

Boldini's abstract painting style

He Has a Sketchy Side

Giovanni Boldini & Abstract Painting But sketchy can be a very good thing in this context! When I was trolling for artists who draw like they paint and vice versa, Giovanni Boldini immediately came to mind. His mark making is a tour de force, no matter if he is working in oils, pastels, or when…

Gallery painting of a rooster by Marc Chagall.

Chinese New Year & Marc Chagall’s Rooster

Gallery Paintings of Roosters by Chagall Marc Chagall (1887-1985) was a preeminent modernist and created artworks throughout Russia and Europe, and eventually in the United States. Historically renowned as a maker of gallery paintings, Chagall was also a daub hand at stained glass and produced several pieces in cathedrals and a commemorative piece for the…


Endless Bridges to Cross

Chris Weller’s Bridge Drawings of New York City Taking on icons is always tricky for an artist. That is why when I saw Chris Weller’s drawings of the bridges of New York City I took notice. As the artist told me, she put off drawing the Brooklyn Bridge again and again because she wasn’t sure…


No Two Shadows Are Alike

Beginner Drawing Shading Tips I am usually heartened when I hear disagreements about matters of art and technique. Maybe I’m just combative that way, but more likely, I think I take such debates as a sign that there are more artists coming to the table, that the field is growing and evolving, and that there’s…