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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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…

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Solving the Mystery of Monet

Mitchell Albala is an inspiring art instructor in the field of landscape painting, and it turns out he’s an awesome detective as well. Recently, he did some sleuthing on a rare video clip of Monet in the act of painting—incredible!—and shared his findings with us. Who needs Sherlock?! If there were any artist, past or…

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Color That Can Be Saturated and Subtle–Who Knew?

I adore color in watercolor painting—deep ruby reds, bold blues, verdant greens, rich golden yellows…I could go on and on, but one thing that I often forget in my zeal is that color is not just a matter of hue. Saturation and subtle color layers also play a huge part in how a successful painting…

Girl Arranging Her Sleeve by Judith Kudlow, oil painting.

Painting with the Sight-Size Method

I’ll be honest with you all–I am not a painting technician. I read a lot about art and, as you know, love to look at paintings and drawings all day long, but I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to many methods and approaches to painting. For example, I’ve heard a…

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What’s Sfumato with You?

Each day, people from all over the globe travel to Paris to visit the most famous oil painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Many are just curious, and want to see the real thing for themselves. Some admire the famous enigmatic smile, the perfect proportions and ideal composition of the piece. Still others seek…

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Her Face Is Round–But in a Good Way!

Figuring out how to draw people is often a matter of breaking the body down into geometric shapes. When it comes to drawing people–specifically faces–you have to think of the sphere and the ovoid. Now, I’m not really a fan of looking at drawings of shapes. Booooooring. Instead, I study this concept by looking at…

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5 Surefire Landscape Painting Techniques

You can often tell a landscape painting that was painted en plein air from one that wasn’t. There is an immediacy to the light and atmosphere depicted in plein air paintings that isn’t always achieved when the work is brought into the studio. But what really sets an outdoor painting apart? I went to some…

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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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The Mystery of Head Drawing Revealed

Head drawing and the ideals of proportions have changed dramatically over the centuries. However, one thing has remained the same–a secret system of rules that few artists even know about, which are universally truthful and, when closely studied, can crack the code on understanding the mystery of how to draw the head. A Leonardo sketch…

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Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Drawing Faces

I’ve always been an ardent fan of the profile portrait drawing. It reminds me of antique cameos, the profiles of emperors stamped on Roman coins, and 18th-century silhouettes. But learning how to draw a face in profile does come with its share of possible missteps, so here are a few portrait-drawing tips to keep in…

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Beginners: The Basics of Watercolor Paints, Part II

by Christopher Willard Flower Farm 1998, watercolor, 14 x 11. Collection Mr. and Mrs. Egeland. Selecting a palette of colors often means limiting the choices, making studies, and experimenting along the way. One of the keys to successful watercolor painting is to choose a workable set of colors. Today, with the wide range of watercolors…

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Is an Artist Born or Made?

I think the affinity that I have for art is definitely inborn. Art isn’t something I grew up with or was tutored in, so when I stumbled upon it on my own, something clicked. The natural ability to draw and paint is ingrained in some people, too. But not all of us are gifted with…