Steven Doherty Blog

Steven Doherty was the editor-in-chief of American Artist for more than 20 years and along the way has learned about becoming an artist in his own right. Here is his blog during his tenure at American Artist, where he explores his own painting and drawing practice, offering insights on how to paint to the community of Artist Daily.

Why Paint Quality Matters

I recently took an unsold painting out of its frame so that I could reuse the metal leaf frame, and as I studied the oil landscape I realized why it wasn’t successful. The surface of the canvas was uniformly thin and flat, and there was nothing about the paint application to suggest the deep space…

Better Resources on Our New Site

Daniel J. Keys painting during a workshop at Weekend With the Masters. Last spring I looked at artwork posted in the Galleries section of our website and discovered the exceptional paintings posted by Daniel James Keys. I contacted the young California artist and immediately started developing an article that explained how he was able to…

Presentations That Help Sell Artwork

I recently attended the opening of an exhibition of artwork by a group of artists, and the display raised questions in my mind about the impact of presentation on sales and career development. The exhibition was a temporary display in a community center, and the organizer had little time to make the former gymnasium look…

The Artist We Love to Hate

Although most of the recent news about Thomas Kinkade concerned his passing away and legacy, while he was alive he was consistently in the news over disagreements between his company, former employees, franchised gallery owners, and the FBI (detailed in articles have been written in the San Francisco Chronicle and in the Los Angeles Times).…

Behind the Scenes: Artists' Studios

My office is also a conference room on the third floor of a building on 46th Street in Midtown New York City. The desk and file cabinets are pushed against the east wall of what was once a library, and a large conference table and eight chairs are arranged in front of nonworking fireplace on…

Artists on the Front Line of Marketing

I frequently commission articles on exceptional artists who sell their original artwork through outdoor shows. I do that for two particular reasons: One is that those artists are, of necessity, well organized and able to deliver requested photographs and documentation without delay; and the other is because the artists are on the front line of…

Is Sargent the Greatest Art Teacher?

I recently traveled to Boston to see the blockbuster exhibition of paintings by the great 16th-century Venetian painters Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese that I wrote about several months ago in this blog post. While I was in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston I paid homage to the American artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). The…

Drawing with Acrylics, Charcoal, Ink, & Conté

Most of the students attending workshops and art classes rely on the instructor’s list of recommended supplies when deciding what drawing and painting materials to use, so their resulting artwork usually looks quite similar. However, when artists gather to draw from a model or paint on location, their selections of materials and finished pictures can…

The Power of Unique Graphic Images

For centuries, printmaking was a means of duplicating drawings and paintings. However, by the end of the 19th century, artists were creating etchings, lithographs, engravings, and woodcuts that were unique expressions, not reproductions of drawings or paintings. Even prints created through a process that had the potential for making duplicates were individual enough to be…

Join Our Reader Advisory Panel

Ever think of yourself as a RAP artist? No, not a hip-hop performer who talks in rhyming phrases to a pounding beat, but a reader of American Artist’s print magazines, e-newsletters, or website who is willing to advise the editors. The New York staff is setting up an invitation-only Reader Advisory Panel (RAP) group on…