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.

How to Paint: Masterclass in 3 Minutes

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…

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Naïve Art: The Best Art Genre You Don’t Know About!

Have You Explored Naïve Art? There is a genre of art that is found in almost every country, hung on the walls of the most famous galleries, and created by some of the most acclaimed and talented artists. I am referring to none other than naïve art! Yet despite so much going on for this…

Many People, Many Pursuits by Carolyn Latanision, watercolor painting.

A Talk with Carolyn Latanision

The Ninth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor  How did you become interested in watercolor? I have worked all of my life with watercolor, preferring the freedom and unexpectedness of it to other media, even though I do also use oils, acrylic, and casein. Who were the watercolor artists who inspired…

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The Artist’s Brain

More Gray Matter! A study by Rebecca Chamberlain from KU Leuven, Belgium has found that artists have structurally different brains, compared with non-artists. Well, that explains a lot! I’m sure many of us have suspected as much, but now science is beginning to look into the matter and this small study has revealed some surprising…

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Butterfly Vision

The Color Wheel for Butterflies We often wonder what it is like for our studio dogs to miss out on seeing all of the colors that we are able to see. Our third cone allows us to see not only the red in the rainbow, but also every other glorious combination of scarlet, rose, pink,…

Essence by Ali Cavanaugh, watercolor art painting.

Meet Ali Cavanaugh

The Eighth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor How did you become interested in watercolor? I painted mostly in oil from 1995—2005. Around 2005 we were having some construction work done on our house and one of the carpenters showed interest in my art. He wanted to barter a family portrait…

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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…

Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood by John Singer Sargent

Sargent and Monet

We are lucky that Sargent (along with Monet and so many of their artist contemporaries) lived in a time of hand-written letters, many with sketches included, revealing interesting insights into their lives. A recent exhibition titled “Your Sincerely, John S. Sargent” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston included a selection of correspondence, drawings…

Lilies and Crystal by Monika Pate, watercolor painting.

A Moment with Monika Pate

The Seventh in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor  Monika, I understand you are a native of Warsaw. Were you educated in Poland? Yes, I was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland and I graduated from the University of Warsaw where I studied Biology and then received a Master’s Degree in Animal…

Afternoon Light, Sentinel, Yosemite, by Stephen Quiller, 32" X 23", acrylic & casein painting.

A Talk with Stephen Quiller

The Sixth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor   Stephen, what can you tell us in general about yourself as an artist and your way of working. First and foremost, I am a water media painter. I may find myself in the high country painting on site, spending the day using solely…

Summer School by Don Andrews, watercolor painting.

Meet Watercolor Painter Don Andrews

The Fifth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor    How did you become interested in watercolor? Back in the late 60s early 70s I attended Ringling School of Art. Ringling offered a traditional art curriculum in those days. You became an oil painter the day you walked into class. My senior…