All posts by Courtney Jordan

Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

Broken Rules by Ann Kullberg, colored pencil.

What are the Best Colored Pencils for Artists?

Lately colored pencil has simply skyrocketed in appeal for artists starting out and dedicated draftsmen who simply love the ease of the medium–and the variety of color! Below is one of our most popular articles on the best colored pencils for artists! Enjoy! And in the spirit of exploring color and drawing, consider taking the…

Women artists: Judith and Her Maidservant by Artemisia Gentileschi, 1613, oil painting on canvas.

All the Painting Ladies

In honor of 600 women artists gathering for a photo at the Brooklyn Museum on October 23, 2016, here’s an article all about the painting ladies that I revere, respect, and study. Enjoy and add your thoughts on the women artists, painters or otherwise, who inspire you!     Women Artists Present & Past I’m…

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Why watercolors mattered to Norman Rockwell.

Norman Rockwell in the House!!!

Watercolor Was His Gateway I think every one of us loves Norman Rockwell’s illustrations, whether it is a little bit or a lot. They tell stories and always seem to capture expressions and reactions so perfectly. My favorite has always been The Gossips. I actually kept a copy of it in my wallet all throughout…


Art of the 2016 Election: Hillary & Trump

Political Art of Hillary and Trump Politics—and presidential elections, especially—have always provided rich fodder for the arts. There are political cartoons, caricatures, and street art that can shape the conversation—at the very least the visual one—that is happening around the candidates, their policies, and how the public views them. For Hillary and Trump, the artists…

Trade Winds by John K. Harrell, acrylic painting.

Do You Have Your Own Personal Symbolism?

Explore Special Meanings in Acrylic Painting & More When you think about it, you probably have a personal symbolism—objects or colors or landscape features that hold special meaning for you. These ideas can develop from our personal experiences, our culture, or daydreams or fantasies, or from books or poems we’ve read. John Harrell makes creative…

Monet's Rouen Cathedral painting gave me an acrylic painting crisis!

I Don’t Need You Anymore

An Acrylic Painting Crisis In all the painting or drawing dabbling I’ve done, there is always a definitive moment that divides my experiences into “before” and “after.” It’s the moment I realize I don’t have to worry about going back because every mistake is, in fact, a painting challenge (in this case an acrylic painting…


Should You Paint Lies?

How to Paint Imagined Places Most painters I’ve spoken to say that it’s somewhat liberating to paint an imagined subject or a fictitious place. Working in such a way does come with its own set of challenges—people often judge such artworks more harshly than works that are more realistic, almost as if they are trying…

ink drawing minjae lee

Not Just For Ink Blots Anymore

Ink Drawing Artists of Note Drawing with ink takes the precision of a master draftsman and the skill of a watercolorist handling a fluid medium. When I was in school I was completely captivated by the silky dark lines of one of the most famous pen and ink artists, Aubrey Beardsley, but there are several…


3 Things Every Well-Designed Painting Needs

Painting Techniques You Can’t Go Without Of course there are more than three painting techniques that will allow you to create a compelling artwork, but learning how to paint a picture well can certainly start with these elements. Rhythm. Painting objects that actually look alive, in the case of the figure, or lively, as in…

Interior with dots by Ross Bleckner, mixed media painting.

Painting Light in the Dark

Mixed Media Paintings That Glow with an Inner Light For many, Ross Bleckner’s art put an image to the poignancy of loss during the AIDS epidemic and made the pain of mourning somehow bearable and beautiful. His paintings are an incredibly moving combination of light and dark, heaven and hell, with a bit of glitz…

landscape painting by bennett vadnais

Painting a Season in All Its Glory

Landscape Painting & Fall Colors Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s my birthday season, so of course I’m partial, but I also just love the smell of autumn. It’s crisp and clean, and smells like rich earth.  More than any other time of year, I want to be outside during fall, hiking trails,…