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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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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.…

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My Spring Painting Inspiration Is

Color! Color! Color! After weeks and weeks of dull, lifeless views out my window, I am ready for a spectrum-spanning bout of painting full of rich and deep colors as well as views with soft and pearlescent light that gleams. I didn’t realize how much energy and happiness I derive from having all the colors…

Seascape by Marcia Burtt

How to Paint the Look and Feel of Spring

I’m a color junkie. In fashion, in design, and especially in painting, vibrant color is what gets me creative. But before the image of Mimi from The Drew Carey Show becomes forever attached to my name in your mind, I’ll point out that I can control myself…sometimes. It’s tough, though, especially now that spring is…

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I Want to Steal Her Ideas

If I could jump into any painting and live in that world for a time, I’d throw myself at a Julie Heffernan canvas without a doubt. In her hands, oil painting has never looked so sumptuous and rich. Although she infuses her work with fantastical, out-of-this-world concepts, Heffernan’s style typifies realism at its best because…

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What Painters Rarely Do

I have a confession to make: I’ve never glazed an oil painting. The process intimidates me a bit—creating luminosity and an inner glow on canvas is no easy feat—and I often lose steam after about the second layer. It takes so much time, and having to be so conscious of getting the layers thin sometimes…

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Discover a Powerful Painting Method

William Zorach is a well-known 20th-century sculptor who participated in the Armory Show of 1913 and whose work is held in numerous public collections. But as his career unfolded and he found his way as a sculptor, watercolor painting was always part of his practice. “I have continued to paint watercolors all my life,” Zorach…

Blue Fro by Kerry Dunn, oil painting.

Discover How to Use an Extensive Painting Palette

There is nothing that defines an artist quite like his or her palette. Some consist of premixed colors and others are developed in the moment, determined by the needs of each painting. Some artists are meticulously organized with their color mixing, with paints arranged by color temperature, while other artists arrange colors based on their…