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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.

Pastel painting by Jane McGraw-Teubner.

The Long, Hot Summer

Pastel Painting Advantages The light of summer is a powerful and extreme thing. Getting effects of extreme darks and stark, searing lights is not something every painter can do. There’s an acuteness of vision that must come into play to see the color that resides in the light as well. When I look at the…

Pastel painting by Jane McGraw-Teubner.

A Long, Hot Summer

Pastel Painting Advantages The light of summer is a powerful and extreme thing. Getting effects of extreme darks and stark, searing lights is not something every painter can do. There’s an acuteness of vision that must come into play to see the color that resides in the light as well. When I look at the…

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Helping Our Pint-Size Artists

Learn to Draw for Kids A couple of years ago I wrote an article about an education program that introduced modern art to children in a museum setting. After seeing the artwork, the kids then had the opportunity to make their own pieces. In the workshop, they acted like successful artists—fearless, opinionated, and not letting…

Shaped by Reaction by Tiffany Bozic, acrylic painting.

Nature with a Bit of Edge

Acrylic Painting Precision Looking at San Francisco-based artist Tiffany Bozic’s acrylic painting work is a bit like falling down Alice’s rabbit hole: the natural world looks familiar but plays by its own set of rules. Bozic’s flora and fauna—birds of prey, mammals, amphibians, tropical flowers, sea creatures—have an attitude and edge that makes them anything…

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Treat Your Model Like a Well-Trained Pet

Figure Drawing Poses I am kidding! So kidding! But I was thinking about this article and how I wanted to discuss working with a model, specifically how to position your model in a figure drawing, and what that position can convey both compositionally and as part of the narrative you are trying to present. In…

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How Do You Paint on the Go?

It’s already mid-summer!?! I spent all winter and a ho-hum spring imagining sunny summer road trips and exotic jaunts. But now I remember that almost every time I go on vacation my glow wears off once the artists show up. Inevitably, I see a traveler who is painting on vacation, creating landscapes or sketching, making…

Slicker by Mary Whyte, watercolor painting, 18 1/2 x 18.

Learning How to Let Inspiration Come to Me

I went through a phase when I thought I could control everything–where my career was headed, how my relationships were going to turn out, and what kind of life I was going to have. Ah, I crack myself up. What was I thinking? I now realize that control is a bit of an illusion, and…

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4 Paintings That Rock & Why

And what do they all have in common? They are all done with acrylic painting techniques. Peter Drake’s Mother W/Out is an unusual but fairly uncomplicated composition that makes the viewer question if the figure is real or a figment. The way the artist has diluted the paint near the back of the head and…

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How to Paint a Piece of Americana

When I think of the features that make up a truly American landscape, there’s one structure that always sticks out in my mind—a big, broadsided barn. They dot the countryside from coast to coast, sometimes crisply painted and cared for, other times weathered and ragged, worn out by time. They have been painted thousands of…

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Solving the Mystery of Monet

Mitchell Albala is an inspiring art instructor in the field of landscape painting, and it turns out he’s an awesome detective as well. Recently, he did some sleuthing on a rare video clip of Monet in the act of painting—incredible!—and shared his findings with us. Who needs Sherlock?! If there were any artist, past or…

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Color That Can Be Saturated and Subtle–Who Knew?

I adore color in watercolor painting—deep ruby reds, bold blues, verdant greens, rich golden yellows…I could go on and on, but one thing that I often forget in my zeal is that color is not just a matter of hue. Saturation and subtle color layers also play a huge part in how a successful painting…

Girl Arranging Her Sleeve by Judith Kudlow, oil painting.

Painting with the Sight-Size Method

I’ll be honest with you all–I am not a painting technician. I read a lot about art and, as you know, love to look at paintings and drawings all day long, but I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to many methods and approaches to painting. For example, I’ve heard a…