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.   

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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Drawing Basics: The Best Drawing Art Books

Plate VIII, Study for a Picture, chalk and pastel drawing. From The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed. I was just telling a friend of mine that artists love books. That surprises some people, but it is totally true, especially if you love flipping through great books for drawing ideas, like I do.…

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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…

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Her Face Is Round–But in a Good Way!

Figuring out how to draw people is often a matter of breaking the body down into geometric shapes. When it comes to drawing people–specifically faces–you have to think of the sphere and the ovoid. Now, I’m not really a fan of looking at drawings of shapes. Booooooring. Instead, I study this concept by looking at…

The Evening Show by Clyde Aspevig, oil painting, 40 x 36.

5 Surefire Landscape Painting Techniques

You can often tell a landscape painting that was painted en plein air from one that wasn’t. There is an immediacy to the light and atmosphere depicted in plein air paintings that isn’t always achieved when the work is brought into the studio. But what really sets an outdoor painting apart? I went to some…