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.

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…

Washington National by John Salminen, watercolor painting.

A Talk with John Salminen

The Third in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—John Salminen How did you become interested in watercolor? My interest in watercolor began in the early 1980s when I had an opportunity to study with Cheng Khee Chee. He was teaching extension classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus and a fellow…

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…

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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…

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…

Steve Henderson oil painting

The Saga of the Socks Continues

In the last article, I discussed my distressing and difficult sock project (The Socks from Hell), and how I didn’t enjoy the process at all, and the best thing about the whole thing was when it was over and the socks were on my feet (which almost didn’t happen, incidentally). So why, you ask me,…

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What the Heck Is Gesso?

Gesso is one of those words that seems to stop beginners in their tracks. It leaves many wondering how to use with acrylics or if you even need to use it in an acrylic painting. Historically, it is for oil painting and was traditionally used to prepare or prime a surface so oil paint would…