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.

Attitude by Patricia Hannaway, 2006, pastel sketch drawing, 21 x 12.

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…

Yellow Roses in a Vase, date unknown, Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour floral painting

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…

Still Life with Melon and Pears by Luis Melendez, oil on canvas, 18th century.

He Truly Had the Joy of Sight

It’s quite sad that 18th-century painter Luis Melendez died poor and relatively unknown and yet he is now recognized as one, if not the, greatest still life art painter of his day. His style and approach as a still life artist breathed new life into a genre that was already well established, and most importantly…

Aphrodite, Appledore by Childe Hassam, oil on canvas, 1908.

It Gets Complicated When The Clothes Come Off

Human figure painting, particularly painting skin, is the height of artistic prowess for me. I’ll know I’ve made significant strides as a painter when I can recreate the opalescent glowing surface of skin. But I have a strong handicap to overcome. I used to reach for those paint tubes of premixed “skin” color (don’t judge!),…

A student drawing of the legs that are incorrectly straight.

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…