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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.

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3 Tips So You Don’t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes

I am rolling my eyes with embarrassment when I tell you that when I first saw watercolor paintings with wide expanses of color I assumed that these were applied and then wiped out and smoothed over after they were laid down. I had no idea that there were watercolor painting techniques that you could use…

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Lucian Freud Had Great Skin

I started off seeing skin tones in figure painting in a closed off way, not really pushing to find the dimension and depth right in front of me. I almost felt I was still pulling a Crayon out of the box to color a figure’s form from head to toe like I did in childhood.…

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Get the Best Oil Painting Brushes for Artists

Your Best Oil Painting Brushes Are Here “They’re like magic.” “It was my savior.” “Don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost it.” I kid you not, these are some of the reactions we got when we asked artists to talk about the best oil painting brushes that they have in their studios. Apparently…

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Painting from Photographs

I’ve spent way too much time in murky classrooms looking at slides, slides, and more slides. I’m convinced that the entire academic field of art history would grind to a halt without projectors, carousels, and slides. But what is weird about looking at so many images is that I find myself thinking that I know…

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Take a Peek at Jamie Wyeth’s Watercolors

Watercolor is one of those wondrous materials that can be manipulated in so many different ways. Techniques vary, levels of liquidity and viscosity can be changed, and the way the paint is applied is open to wide interpretation. There’s a volatility to watercolor painting as well, and that’s what makes water-based paints so exciting to…

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Made For Each Other: Abstraction & Acrylic Paints

Abstraction is a key part of how you paint or draw anything. It is seeing completely with the eye, and not allowing the brain to contextualize what we are seeing. But turning off the brain is no small task! I’ve found that painting with acrylics has given me a bit of insight into abstraction for…

Major Build-Up When Pastel Painting

“That dog won’t hunt.” It’s what I thought to myself when I started to look into how to get layers of pastel to build up. It just didn’t seem possible, or easily possible. But I did my research, and that dog will hunt! Here are a few tips on how to get the layered effects…

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We’ve Found the Best Acrylic Paint for Every Artist

If you are painting with acrylics, we salute you! You have made a wise choice on so many levels. Acrylic paints are, across the board, more affordable than oil paints, and yet you still have access to rich colors and the thick, buttery appearance that oils are known for. And because acrylics dry fast and…

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3 Things a Painting Can’t Live Without

Good painters don’t merely re-create what is in front of them. An experienced artist knows how to create a successful painting no matter what situation or model he or she is presented with or the materials being worked with, from mixed media painting or collage to pen and ink or oils.  Of course, this often…

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Light, Light, Burning Bright

Hopefully Blake will forgive me for that little rewrite, but when I see a painting that has complicated light effects or diffuse light that seems almost prismatic I can’t help but think of that adulterated line of poetry. It happens when I look at Whistler’s nocturnes and it also occurred when I look at the…

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Experiment With Abstract Art

I don’t know if I’ve ever said these words “out loud” to you, but they deserve to be said, repeatedly and loudly. So here I am, virtually hollering at you across cyberspace: Experiment with abstract art! I know we have talked about how thinking abstractly is a key to any successful painting, realistic or otherwise.…