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.   

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…

How to Draw Flames. Scot's Bay Evening by Alan Bateman, acrylic painting. Alan has painted the flames of the campfire in white with a hint of yellow. What is really exceptional is the smoldering wood--reddish and purple--toward the bottom right of the painting. The differences in texture between the two areas of flame really enliven the piece.

How to Draw Flames

How to Draw Flames We all know what flames are and what fire looks like–lit matches, burning candles, campfires, wildfires, and even houses on fire. For your art, adding flames to the mix can mean anything from superpowers to sci-fi disasters to people gathering together for warmth and comfort. Here are the basics of how…

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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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Drawing Basics: Think Egg!

Ethel Smyth by John Singer Sargent, chalk drawing, 1901. Adapted from an article by Dan Gheno Facial features can be used and contorted to tell us all kinds of things in a drawing. But you don’t always have to think up dramatic scenarios for a drawing. Ideas can be subtle, too. Like using the mere…

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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…