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.   

Waiting on the Tequila Express by Thomas Van Stein, oil painting.

How to Evaluate Your Outdoor Painting

Step Back and See Your Victories–and Your Mistakes Amidst all the sights, sounds, and smells that swirl around you when plein air painting, you have to remember to step back and assess your work and give a thought to how the painting is progressing. Plein air painters are at their best when they step back, figuratively…

Storm at Sea by Robert Reynolds.

7 Ways to Get Your Compositions Right the First Time

Painting Lessons for Powerful Shapes & Forms Composition is king! But the ‘how’ of that ascension to the throne starts with basic steps–simple things you can do to put your painting’s design on the right path. Here are seven painting lessons in the basic areas you should take into account when designing your composition for…

El Moro #2, Cemetary, Old San Juan by Judith Carducci, pastel drawing.

Is It Pastel Drawing or Pastel Painting?

Stirring Up the Confusing Controversy Many pastelists consider their pieces to be paintings. Many others think of the medium in terms of drawing. To further complicate the issue, I’ve heard dozens of artists speak about the medium both in painting terms as well as drawing ones — sometimes within the span of the same breath!…

art painting | Early Autumn by William Cather Hook, oil painting.

8 Essential Painting Tips

Lists Are Great Things for Artists Sometimes I get list fever, and today this is one of those days. I have made a grocery list, a list of gifts I need to buy, and a list of artists I want to look up. The only list I haven’t made yet is my list of lists! But…

Dawn, Day, Dusk, Darkness

How a Watercolor Artist Paints Every Moment of the Day Plein air artists are the first to tell you that you can go back to the same paint site over and over again during different times of day and it is like being in a whole new place every time. Light does that! It can turn…

La Carmencita by John Singer Sargent, oil painting, 1890.

Oil Painting Lessons From John Singer Sargent

Why Not Learn from an American Master? I try and shy away from describing art in bombastic terms. It can become a slippery slope of flowery language with no real takeaways. But when I’m studying the works of no less than John Singer Sargent, phrases like tour-de-force and mind-boggling just sort of slip out. I…