Blogs

Artist Daily has several blogs including the Artist Daily blog, which is published with new articles and art world information several times a week. There is also the Painting Blog that discusses oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, and more. The Drawing Blog covers all matters drawing as the name indicates. And be sure to check out the Artist’s Life blog, which is a blog that discusses everything artists consider in their day to day lives as creative people and posits questions and concerns for us to consider as we go about our day.

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Helping Our Pint-Size Artists

Learn to Draw for Kids A couple of years ago I wrote an article about an education program that introduced modern art to children in a museum setting. After seeing the artwork, the kids then had the opportunity to make their own pieces. In the workshop, they acted like successful artists—fearless, opinionated, and not letting…

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…

Armistice by Mary Whyte, watercolor painting.

A Moment with Mary Whyte

The Fourth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Mary Whyte The Portrait Society of America has announced that Mary Whyte is the 2016 recipient of its Gold Medal. The award is the Society’s highest honor.   How did you become interested in watercolor? I first experienced watercolor when I was in a…

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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…

Washington National by John Salminen, watercolor painting.

A Talk with John Salminen

The Third in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—John Salminen How did you become interested in watercolor? My interest in watercolor began in the early 1980s when I had an opportunity to study with Cheng Khee Chee. He was teaching extension classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and a fellow…

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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…

Sea Scene by John Henry Twachtman, oil painting, 1893.

The Spirit of Art

We received a phone call this week from the Board President of the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad, Nebraska. (To learn more about the early life of Henri, see Sign Posts.) The museum is receiving, on loan, four original paintings done by Henri – portraits of his family and himself for a new exhibition. The…

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The Island of the Colorblind

Most of us take our color vision somewhat for granted—we have never known any differently. Still, it can take years of practice to discern the slight differences in temperature and value between two adjacent colors on the color wheel well enough to paint them. Color is so dominant in our daytime visual experiences that differences…