Blogs

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.

Peonies in Provencal Pitcher, 12 x 16", Oil, © Ann Trusty

On Beauty

What is beauty, and why is it so important to us as human beings and as a society? It is a fascinating and endlessly debated question. There is no single, easily tweetable answer to that question. Being an irreducible intangible has its advantages, kind of like the question, What is Art? The deep and profound…

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He Is Stealing My Heart

I’m a water person. I love boating, swimming, scuba diving, and just looking at the ever-changing surface of nearby waterways. And I’m not alone. American artists–and those abroad–have been enamored with so many beautiful bodies of water over the centuries. But the watery artist who is stealing my heart right now is Jonas Lie. Old…

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Bounce Light

“Speaking, when you have something to say, is like looking. But who looks? If people could see properly, and see whole, they would all be painters. And it’s because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.” – Pierre Bonnard When we teach classes indoors, we often set up a very…

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Discover the Enduring Appeal of Sketching

Attitude by Patricia Hannaway, 2006, pastel sketch drawing, 21 x 12. Human figure sketching, especially learning how to sketch from a model, is one of the most rewarding ways of practicing art because it can enhance your abilities in ways that are both practical and inspirational. It’s practical in that creating figure sketch drawings develops…

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Art Is Not a One-Way Street

It goes without saying that making art is not a creative process that only goes one way. No matter what cleaned-up biographies or histories I’ve read about great American painters or Old Masters, I know that there is no neat and straightforward path where logic rules when it comes to art. In fact, it seems…

The Balcony Room by Adolph Menzel, oil on canvas, 1845.

I Am Torn Between Two Men

Granted, this story gets a lot less steamy when I tell you that I’m torn between the work of two oil painting artists, Adolph Menzel and Jonas Lie. I’ve studied the work of both of these artists on my own for quite a while, trying to puzzle out why I like each of them. Menzel’s…

Standing Nude Back Study by Sadie Valeri, 18 x 24, white chalk and colored pencil on buff paper.

From the Simple to the Complex

I recently took a life drawing class and showed my sketches to a friend, who’s a super-skilled painter. I was reluctant to share them, but when she looked at my final sketch–in which the model had her hips contrapposto but twisted slightly away from me with one arm across her chest and the other hanging…

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Paint Famous Faces

Many people have asked me, why do I paint famous faces? Well, this morning I was enlightened.  As I sat staring at the face and caressing the countenance of my precious little 6 year old while sleeping, it all made sense. We love to gaze into the face of that person whom we love.  Yes,…

Autumn Leaves by Robert Reynolds, watercolor painting.

Your Colors Are a Wonderland

Here’s one of my favorite watercolor blogs by artist and instructor Robert Reynolds on the importance of color and how personal choosing pigments can be. And after you are done, be sure to check out Watercolor Wonderland: The Shirley Trevena Collection (sounds thrilling, no?) for more watercolor painting techniques. Enjoy!   Autumn Leaves by Robert…

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Working Among Flowers

“[The floral still life] is, I think, an excellent subject to paint.”                                                                             – Claude Monet to Frédéric Bazille Among the many wonderful works in the exhibition, Working Among Flowers – Floral Still Life Painting in Nineteenth-Century France, were paintings by one of our favorite artists, Henri Fantin-Latour (1836 – 1904). The show includes…

Friends of a Feather by Sadie Valeri, 12 x 16, oil on panel, 2010

Yup, My Junk Drawer Taught Me Painting

When it comes to certain creative sensibilities–awareness of color, editing a concept–I trust my judgment. I think I have pretty good instincts–maybe not in the execution of said sensibilities in an oil painting I paint myself, but I know good color combos and narratives when I see them in the oil paintings that comes across…

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It’s High Time for Some Brutal Honesty

Here it is: If you aren’t going to really push it when you make a landscape painting, it is going to be completely forgettable. Having looked at thousands of landscape paintings, and made a few myself, I’ll be honest and tell you that only the best of the best landscape art really sticks out in…