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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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My Artistic Guilty Pleasure

A Still Life from Alma-Tadema Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s paintings are, to me, a bit of a guilty pleasure. There is something frivolous and overblown about them that turn some people off, but I’ve always loved them for the sheer vitality of the vision he presents. Here is bombast, excess, flourishes, and sumptuousness. What I just recently…

Color wheel exploration: painting by Peter Van Dyck

In Living Color

The Not-So-Simple Beauty of the Color Wheel It’s a brand new year and I want to start it off with a bang! And the one thing that I can’t get enough of is color. The color wheel holds such simple beauty and complex mysteries, from saturated primary colors to more involved color mixes, that I…

Dancing by Emily Falco.

Painting with a Magical Medium

Think Like a Watercolor Painting It warms my heart when I hear artists expressing excitement about their chosen painting medium because artists are the ones in the business of knowing all the ins and outs of their materials, whether it is watercolor painting, acrylic, or oil–among others. For them to articulate such positive responses about…

Supergod by Inka Essenhigh

To the Aggressor Go the Spoils

Art Business: All About Pleasant Persistence I went to an artist’s talk the other day and was a bit taken aback when the artist admitted that she went door to door looking for a gallery, taking images to every venue she knew of and talking her way past many annoyed assistants to get a few…

A dear friend of mine, Alexandra Pacula, is also an exceptional painter. Represented by Gallery Henoch, she paints energy-filled canvases and I plan to impose myself on her in the studio very, very soon.

I Can’t Believe I’m About to Say This, But…

No Drawing or Painting Right Now Take this time and don’t draw or paint. Okay, I was kind of thinking the world would end if I said it, but the apocalypse has not yet arrived, so let me explain. Right now, I’m tired. I’ve just finished a bunch of holiday traveling, did tons of family…

Daniel in the Lion's Den by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1614/1616, oil on canvas.

Know Your Model

Painting Animals in the Right Environments It always makes me smile when I see an artist who loves a pet so much that the drawing or painting they do of their four-legged companion comes out a little like a tall tale, where Snowball the pet cat is drawn like a wild lion prowling the grasslands.…

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Shrink Your Painting–Does It Still Work?

What Is Linear Perspective in Art? I don’t mean literally shrink it, but if you take a photo of your painting and reduce it to thumbnail size and it still holds together compositionally, you’ve got a good piece on your hands. For this to happen, big shapes matter and so does perspective. I look at…

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Take Advantage of the Sights Around You

Pencil Sketch & Come Back Later I typically don’t carry around a sketchbook, but during this time of year I could make an exception. There is so much going on, and it seems like everywhere I look there’s a composition  waiting to be found, a color scheme that excites because of its drama, or just…

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Every Artist Has a Color “Theory”

Color Theory & 4 Great Artists When I ask friends and colleagues about landscape painting artists with the best use of color, the conversation gets downright heated. Mostly because there’s so much to consider when you look at each individual artist’s color theory or purpose they have for the painting. Color schemes are going to…

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Tiger in a Tropical Storm

Painting Animals from Imagination Alone Henri Rousseau is best known for painting animals–exotic ones. His jungle scenes are icons of art history but did you know that he never left France during his lifetime? All the imagery he painted was invented entirely in his mind and perhaps coupled with inspiration he got from listening to…

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Taking Off the Straitjacket

The Freedom of Pastel Painting I am not a finicky person, so getting my hands dirty to get a job done is totally fine with me. But with painting, I can get so uptight and hesitant that the physical joy of it all goes right out the window. I’m trying to be better about what…

Colored Pencil: Waiting for Nightfall by Anna Hammer.

They Can Be Moody, Too

The Depth of Colored Pencil I’ll admit that in the past I have been guilty of thinking of colored pencil art as colorful and bright and not necessarily able to be coupled with serious subjects or moody narratives. But that was my own bias. As I’ve spent time looking at sketchbooks of draftsmen creating colored…