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.   

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,…

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That’s a Chicken Head with a Snake Body

New Watercolor Artists Take Medium in Straaaaaaange Directions When I look back on the latest watercolor artists that I have discovered I get incredibly excited because many of them are doing things I have never seen before. Their work confirms what I know is happening out in the art world: that watercolor painting is making…

Degas, life drawing, after the bath

3 Life Drawing Tips

My Surefire Figure Drawing Game Plan I have a painter-friend who is gearing up to do a major work with figures, but she feels a bit rusty about painting a model in all his or her glory. To help prepare herself, she’s set up a series of life-drawing sessions so that she can spend a…


Plaid, Polka Dots, and Prints

So Many Still Life Possibilities So often with still life paintings, we focus on the objects in the painting first—and rightly so; they do take center stage. But still life artists know that backgrounds can play a major role in the look and feel of a painting as well. Positioning a still life painting or…

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Artistic Keys to the Kingdom: Flexibility and Discipline

How to Paint In Your Own Way It’s always inspiring to hear artists describe their process in their own words, and I can just get out of the way (lol!). Steve Henderson is an artist many of us at Artist Daily have admired for his uplifting paintings, business acumen, and artistic generosity. Here’s a conversation…

from photos to paintings_pastel by m. larene

When a Photo Can Do It Right

Photos into Paintings 101 Certainly, there are pitfalls to making paintings from photos. One problem occurs when an artist thinks that a photo is magic and that he or she can turn a photo into a painting with a snap of the fingers. It isn’t that easy, of course. And even if it were possible…

Figure drawing fundamentals. Bellows painting.

Olivia Newton-Jon & Her Sweatband

Convey Movement in Fine Art Oil Painting & Figure Drawing Ugh, after all the summer splurging I’ve been doing, I should probably go exercise or run laps (note to find indoor track because there ain’t no way I’m going outside to do it!). But as a warm up I thought I would talk about how…

Mixed media drawing by Alex Powers.

Drawing Expressive Faces

When I was a kid, my mom always cut coupons on Sunday morning. I’d sit beside her and do the same, but I’d flip through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures I liked or lettering that I thought was neat, and I never gave up my artsy coupon clipping habit because it’s a great…

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…

Yellow Sky by Anne Packard.

Painting This Uniquely American Place

Painting Cape Cod in the Summer America is a land of rich diversity that extends throughout our landscapes, cities, and regions. I’d say that one of the most distinctive places we have is Cape Cod. Now, being a born-and-raised Southern girl, I have always romanticized the northern coasts and beaches because they always look so…

Oil Painting by Ben Fenske.

No Crisis Here, Look Elsewhere

Contemporary Figurative Artists I roll my eyes every time I hear about representational and figurative art and realism being “imperiled,” because there are so many important representational artists painting right now. It’s almost offensive how people think legitimacy comes with the passage of time. History can be a great equalizer, but art that is meaningful…