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 develop his talent by reading art magazines and books and by accessing the large volume of instructional information on the internet. The resulting profile of Daniel was the cover story in the July/August issue of American Artist.

We have just made it easier for people to find valuable instruction, connect with fellow artists, promote their artwork, purchase magazines and books, enroll in online courses, and learn of new opportunities. Our website has been redesigned, expanded, and given a new web address:

We have changed the name of the site to Artist Daily and established the new address as a way of indicating that the information, resources, and frequency have been expanded to better serve you. The new name will also align our site with several others managed by our parent company, Interweave Press, including Knitting Daily and Beading Daily.

I know that many people may be confused by this change, so let me assure you that if you have bookmarked the American Artist website or committed the address to memory, you will reach our new site by using either of the old URLs ( or The system will automatically redirect you to the new site, although I would still recommend that you bookmark the new address.

By the way, I finally met Daniel James Keys when he attended the Weekend With the Masters workshop and conference organized by American Artist and presented at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from September 10 to 13. We’ll be announcing plans for another event in 2010, so make sure you visit our new website, and recommend that your friends sign up for our e-newsletter so that they’ll be able to sign up for the best workshops when registration begins.


P.S., Artist Daily member, Suzanne, says you should check out, which is filled with great resources from local to federal offices.

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About M. Stephen Doherty

I've been interested in art since I was a child,  and I was fortunate to be able to take Saturday art classes at the Cincinnati Art Museum from the time I was 9 years old until I finished high school. I majored in art at Knox College and graduated summa *** laude, Phi Beta Kappa (proving artists can use both sides of their brain!).  I then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from Cornell University; taught art in public schools, a community college, an adult education program, and a college; worked in the marketing department of a company that manufactured screen printing supplies; and was hired to be editor of American Artist in January, 1979.

Thomas S. Buecher introduced me to plein air painting and it immediately became a passion of mine because it got me outdoors and allowed me to continue learning when I traveled to judge art shows, attend conventions, give lectures, and interview artists. Over the years I've exhibited my paintings at Bryant Galleries in New Orleans, Trees Place Gallery on Cape Cod, and in a traveling exhibition titled From Sea to Shining Sea.

I've written 10 books on artists and art techniques and contibuted articles to magazines, websites, and exhibition catalogs. Now as I prepare for semi-retirement, I'm trying to hone my painting skills -- especially those related to painting portraits.

I've been very fortunate to have met thousands of talented artists who have enriched my life with their art, their friendship, and their advice. I am grateful to Jerry Hobbs and Susan Meyer who hired me in 1979, to the talented people who worked with me on the magazines, and to the artists and advertisers who supported American Artist, Watercolor, Workshop, and Drawing  magazines and the related websites.

I've also been blessed with a supportive, talented wife, Sara; a daughter, Clare, who works for an insurance agency; a son, Michael, who is a computer enginner in Austin; a son-in-law, Shawn, who can fix and carry anything; a granddaughter, Amanda, who has me wrapped around her finger; and my mother, Dotty, who has advised and encouraged me from the beginning.

3 thoughts on “Better Resources on Our New Site

  1. There is a Glaring mistake occuring with the new site – the lack of limits on an individual’s ability to upload Many images at once. This defeats the community aspect directly. If one person uploads 8 images, followed by one who uploads 12, and then another with half a dozen, the urge to comment, even the desire to appreciate gets washed away with domination of only a few, Personally, I like other sites’ “Suggestion” that an individual’s uploads be limited to a few at a time. This not only gives great variety, it afford other members more experience in viewing.

  2. I wonder how one goes about presenting an idea for an article in American Artist magazine? I have just taught the first painting workshop at Frederic Church’s camp on the shore of Millinocket Lake in Maine, and will be conducting other workshops next summer and fall. It is historic; the setting is gorgeous, and the site of Church’s famous painting “Katahdin from Millinocket Lake” which is in the collection of the Portland Museum of Art.