Keep the Artistic Fires Burning

As we head into the end of the year and the heart of winter, it is nice to keep our inner artistic fires burning with visual inspiration and a wellspring of techniques to explore so that we make the most of a period of time that can otherwise just slip by. We can do that in a number of ways. First, perhaps by delving into still life painting, which can be a mainstay during the winter, with compositions full of flowers and color that let the outdoors in and keep us smiling. And what about working with new methods that might help you revitalize your art if you feel like you want to turn a new corner? We should also always keep our eye and hand coming back to life drawing and figure painting, both of which allow us to reap so much from an artistic standpoint, from anatomical understanding to gesture, perspective, and proportion.

Water Lily and Frogs by Lian Quan Zhen, Chinese ink and color on mature Shuan paper, 26 x 18.
Water Lily and Frogs by Lian Quan Zhen, Chinese ink
and color on mature Shuan paper, 26 x 18.

It just so happens that the Winter issue of Inspired–the free and downloadable magazine–is here and covers all these and more. In the latest issue, you’ll find:

Exotic Florals: Expand and complement your watercolor painting style with Eastern influences.

Pour Your Art Out: Discover how to create unique veiled effects in your acrylic paintings using a fun pouring technique.

Inspired by People: Age, gender, ethnicity and nationality know no bounds, as 18 contemporary artists share the universal allure of the human face and form in oil, watercolor, pastel and graphite.

With Inspired, I feel like I’ll always be able to find a way back to my art or confidently set my sights on what I want to do next.

Download your copy of the Winter 2013 issue of Inspired so you feel ready and able to do the same. Enjoy!




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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.   

2 thoughts on “Keep the Artistic Fires Burning

  1. I know it’s been a while since this was posted online, but I just ran across it today and I am actually very interested in downloading the sample issue mentioned – is there any way to still do that?