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.

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…

The Cow by Wassilly Kandinsky, 1910.

Perceptual Filters

How to Paint? Change Your Blindness. “Simply knowing how many things shape perception and that perception shapes what we see can help alleviate miscommunication and misunderstanding, preventing us from getting upset with others when they don’t see things the way we do. The fact is, they don’t. They can’t. No one can see things like…

Armistice by Mary Whyte, watercolor painting.

A Moment with Mary Whyte

The Fourth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Mary Whyte The Portrait Society of America has announced that Mary Whyte is the 2016 recipient of its Gold Medal. The award is the Society’s highest honor.   How did you become interested in watercolor? I first experienced watercolor when I was in a…

Sea Scene by John Henry Twachtman, oil painting, 1893.

The Spirit of Art

We received a phone call this week from the Board President of the Robert Henri Museum in Cozad, Nebraska. (To learn more about the early life of Henri, see Sign Posts.) The museum is receiving, on loan, four original paintings done by Henri – portraits of his family and himself for a new exhibition. The…

Uncertainty by Frank Eber, 12x16, watercolor painting.

A Short Talk with Frank Eber

The Second in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Frank Eber   How did you become interested in watercolor? I really didn’t get interested in it until about 15 years ago when I first saw a painting by Percy Gray. I had always associated watercolor with paintings of puppies in a basket, vignettes…

Streets of Rocamadour, France, watercolor by Thomas Schaller

A Moment with Thomas Schaller

The First in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Thomas Schaller   How did you become interested in watercolor? Growing up in rural Ohio, my only exposure to the wider world in general, and to art in particular, was through books. My mother and grandmother had quite a collection of art books, and as…

Primavera, 30 x 40" Oil painting by Ann Trusty

Glowing Lanterns

Long-time readers of Perspectives know that we sometimes write about inspiring or interesting subjects we discover while on our walks in the country near our home, and today was one of those moments. Our weather is extremely variable, so warm days in March and April are not unusual. However, this makes it hard to tell…