The Artist’s Life Blog

The Artist’s Life is one of the most well-loved blogs on Artist Daily. It is where you’ll find artists, instructors, and writers sharing what’s on their minds as they go about their creative lives in the studio. From discussions on how paints come from stardust (!) to how to work through your moods in your art, the Artist’s Life proves that a day in the life of an artist is a one-of-a-kind experience filled with fun exploration and insights into the creative process.

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Spring’s Hottest Art Trends

Radiant Painting Supplies, Toned Paper, Fancy Lettering and…Gelato? Every season we scour the painting and drawing scene–from new painting supplies on the market to what’s showcased at Art Materials World to what artists can’t stop talking to us about–for the hottest, most innovative trends that will most likely be arriving at an easel near you.…

Artist Vic Hollins calligraphies one of her favorite words for the napkin doodle challenge at Art Materials World.

Napkin Doodling at Art Materials World

Sketching on an Everyday Surface with Incredible Results You use a napkin and you throw it away. It’s disposable, flimsy, forgettable, but practically every artist I know can’t resist sketching or doodling on a napkin if given half a chance. It’s wrapped up in nostalgia, fun, play, and just how any surface can become an…

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What Turns a Study Into a Painting?

Painting Small Is a State of Mind A couple of months ago I posted some outdoor watercolor painting sketches of my Finland trip in the Artist Daily Member Gallery. One of the comments I received was from Harry R. Gray, in which he wrote: “…and giving watercolor its full respect, I would refer to your…

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Scared to Start Painting?

Painting for Beginners Starts with 3 Simple Things Experienced artists don’t remember what it was like when they were just starting out. Painting for beginners can be intimidating! There are a few key tools and so many options. It is easy to be overwhelmed, but I’m here to tell you that you won’t feel timid…

Fine art transformed the French army with the power of camouflage.

Les Camoufleurs

The Fine Art of War Artists became integral to the military effort of France during World War 1. Changing forms of warfare and modern firearms, made the traditional colorful uniforms of the French army impractical. Nearly all the soldiers still wore the famous red trousers advertising their presence to enemy soldiers. In 1915, the French…

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Vincent Price & The Sears Art Collection

Gallery Paintings for Sale from Sears It was a surprise to us to learn that on October 6th, 1962, Sears unveiled an offering of original works of art for sale at its store in Denver, Colorado. Sears had commissioned famous actor and art collector, Vincent Price, to assemble a collection of art and gallery paintings…

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Do You Want to Paint Like the Old Masters?

What was emulation? The classical formation of artists and architects in the Renaissance and Baroque took the apprentice on a trajectory from imitation to emulation to invention. If imitation was the foundation of an artist’s training–copying a master’s drawings, drawing from casts, eventually drawing from the live model–emulation marked the stage where the apprentices began…

The Studio by Carl Larsson, watercolor painting, 1895.

Let There Be Light!

Learning to see as an artist is perhaps a lifelong task, requiring countless hours of observation, comparison and reproduction of our real life subjects. This is a particularly critical process when it comes to analyzing and matching color, and the practice over time can’t be shortcut. If one is going to invest a great deal…

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What’s the Art Strike All About?

#J20 Art Strike Takes Place Tomorrow On January 20th, more than 130 (and counting) cultural institutions, galleries, and museums nationwide have promised to not go about business as usual. Instead they will close their doors in cultural protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. According to its organizers the…

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Masterclass: Winsor & Newton Free Art Videos

Artists travel their own unique paths, but we are all united in our love of discovery. It’s a lifelong journey of exploration and play. That’s the magic of being an artist and that is why you may be drawn to Winsor & Newton’s Masterclass–a collection of free art videos that allow you to explore exciting…

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Van Gogh’s Xanthopsia?

How Van Gogh Saw the Color Wheel Vincent van Gogh was an artistic genius – no question. Although he may well have had psychological troubles, there is no proof that his distinctive use of color, especially those intense yellows, arose from an overdose of any pharmacologically active drugs, such as digitalis. There has been a…