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Artist Daily has several blogs including the Artist Daily blog, which is published with new articles and art world information several times a week. There is also the Painting Blog that discusses oil painting, watercolor, acrylic, and more. The Drawing Blog covers all matters drawing as the name indicates. And be sure to check out the Artist’s Life blog, which is a blog that discusses everything artists consider in their day to day lives as creative people and posits questions and concerns for us to consider as we go about our day.

Bridge by Caillebotte, oil sketch, 1876, urban landscape.

The Anonymous Society of Painters

How to Paint Urban Landscapes Like the Impressionists A friend and I were recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and she was adamant—as my sore wrist can attest—that we go immediately to see one particular painting, and so she grabbed me none-to-gently and we dodged, whirled, and scooted our way through the crowds to…

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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,…

Wetlands Sunset by Scott Gellatly, oil painting, 2012.

Are You Using This Critical Painting Technique?

Is No One Underpainting? The process of underpainting has such a buttoned-up reputation as an oil painting technique. If it were cast in a movie, it would be the uptight, by-the-book stickler that no one wants to hangout with. That’s because the process of underpainting is often associated with a belabored, rigid series of steps…

Moon Walk by John Hulsey, pastel painting.

Ever Hear of the Purkinje Effect?

Have you ever noticed when you are plein air painting how the colors of objects look so radically different in the very low light just before dawn or twilight? Take a red rose, for instance. We know that the flower’s petals are bright red against the green of the leaves in daylight. But, take a…

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A Giant in the Field

Mammoth Plein Air Easel Another sunflower season has come and gone and this one was amazing. Our neighbor, Farmer Ted, grows about sixty acres of sunflowers for a birdseed crop every year. The sunflower is the official symbol of the state of Kansas. Western Kansas has enormous fields of them. Around here, though, they are…

Landscape painting: Fifth Avenue at Twilight by Lowell Birge Harrison.

Your Best Landscape Painting Experience

With winter around the corner, I’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors, going hiking and reading in the sun, walking from place to place when I do my errands in the evenings, and just finding every excuse for an outdoor excursion, day and night. Landscape painting is another perk of the season. There’s…

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Common Mistakes of Drawing the Leg

The leg is not a straight line. A common misconception when drawing this limb is the idea that a leg that is not bent forms a straight line. This is far from the reality. One of the ways that will help with understanding the body and, therefore, the ability to draw it is thinking in…

Watercolor painting techniques. Painting by Tim Saternow.

These 3 Techniques Got Me Out of First Gear

The Next Level in Watercolor Painting Techniques At least I feel that way. I set myself a goal this week—I wanted to learn a few new watercolor painting techniques because I feel like when I contemplate working in watercolor, I only know the “first gear” approaches. Watercolor Painting Tips 1-2-3 In order to rev it…

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That Painting Just Said Eat Me!

We celebrate leftovers in my house—and pretty much all other activities that result in eating. So I thought, why mess with family tradition? I’m devoting today’s column to one subject matter I rarely cover in my work: food! But it isn’t just any painting of a donut or orange that catches my eye. (Okay, the…

How to oil paint: Al Gury's alla prima oil paintings appear more complex than the actually are, due to his skillful economy of brushstrokes.

Create a Painting on Your First Try

How to Oil Paint in One Sitting I love saying the phrase ‘alla prima’ but it’s way harder to actually paint that way! Direct or alla prima painting is all about how to oil paint in the moment, in one go. Easy and freeing, right? But I’m a planner by nature! If I didn’t overthink,…

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The American Van Gogh

How to Paint Like Birger Sandzén We’ve written before about the unexpected sign at Exit 222 on Interstate 80 in Nebraska announcing the Robert Henri Museum on The Artist’s Road.  It turns out that the Robert Henri who learned how to paint in France, taught in New York and wrote the classic book The Art…

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What If You Only Had Four Colors?

Color Wheel Redux The idea gives me chills. For me, painting is all about color schemes and giving the color wheel a workout. It is the kaleidoscopic chroma that draws me in, and I usually spend more time entranced by the colors I’ve mixed on my palette than actually applying paint to my surface. When…