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.   


A Models Pose: It Needs to Come Naturally

Artist Quang Ho seeks out a natural, effortless pose with his portrait painting models. Photos by Manuel Rodriguez. I’m a lounger by nature. Why stand when I can sit? Why sit when I can curl up on the nearest comfy couch? This has made my posture the bane of my grandmother’s existence, but it has…


Got Five Minutes? Got a Drawing.

This five-minute drawing of a turpentine pot could benefit from a larger range of values. All work from students of Sigmund Abeles. You know how life can sometimes speed by and at other times crawl along at a snail’s pace? Well, drawing is that way too. There are pencil drawing techniques that are incredibly labor…


Finding the Tools to Create More

 “Tell the superhero inside you to come out and play.” Wacom’s Create More online outreach program features a group of artists from different disciplines and geographical locations to celebrate creativity in all of its forms. Ben Von Wong, a photographer and visual engineer hailing from Montreal, Canada, was a natural choice to be one of…


I Will Astonish Paris with an Apple

Still Life with Apples by Paul Cezanne, 1879. That’s a bold statement—even from Paul Cézanne—but the artist was true to his word. He set out to reinvigorate painting and he did just that. The French artist became the conduit between the Impressionist past and the Modernist future that was fully ushered in by the likes…

Self-Portrait by Ben Fenske, 2010.

Pose for Yourself

In one of her blogs on Artist Daily, Marion Boddy-Evans observed that it is a good idea for portraiture artists who are trying to achieve a sense of naturalness in their work to pose for themselves. When I read this, I felt like I had been poleaxed…not that I really know what that means. But…

Fortitude by Amy Cutler, 2009
Gouache on paper
23 ⅛ x 15 inches

It Is Never a Matter of Bad Ideas

I don’t think the failure or success of a drawing has to do with the drawing ideas that the artist starts with. He or she could choose pretty much anything and make a go of it, don’t you think? It also doesn’t depend on whether the artist chooses to create easy drawings or ones that…


The Life of the Mind

Do you ever lose yourself in creating pencil sketches and discover, when you “wake up,” that you’ve drawn objects or people or places that have personal meaning to you or ideas you’ve been subconsciously toying with? Drawing sketches can be like writing in a journal–the pages of your sketchbook are a reflection of your preoccupations…


All Media Art Competition Deadline Fast Approaching

Rossina’s Apple by William Rose, 2007, charcoal on museum board, 28 x 20. It would be so exciting to have an Artist Daily member submit and win in the All Media Art Competition. Following your creative urges isn’t all about the attention that it receives. But the momentum you can get from an audience, editors…


Bring Together the Outdoors and Indoors In Your Landscape Paintings

Distant Echo Nocturne by Alice Dalton Brown, 2009, oil painting on canvas, 52″x30″. Whether I’m landscape painting or painting interiors, I’m always drawn to the curious, in-between places where the outdoors and indoors meet. This could be an ivy-smothered barn that almost looks like it is disappearing into the landscape, or an ocean view from…


It’s an Easel Extravaganza

I am so excited that The Best Easel Extravaganza is back! Details are the same, because why mess with perfection, right? The contest goes from November 1-15. Every day a new easel will be up for grabs and all you have to do is enter to win each day by going to the Sweepstakes website…


Forget Everything You Know About Line

There’s one thing and one thing alone that makes for a successful tonal drawing: seeing masses rather than outlines. Lines are for flow charts, architectural blueprints, and driving on the right side of the road. To a certain extent I am kidding—there are some incredible draftsmen who work solely or predominately with line. Tonal drawing…


Hunting the White Whale

Art makes stories come alive. To me, it is as simple as that. And sometimes without art, there is no story-—or, at least, it’s not quite as good. This was the case for the great American novel Moby-Dick. It is hard to imagine that Melville’s opus was once relatively unknown, but it wasn’t until 70…