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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.

Portrait drawing of the Postman by Vincent Van Gogh.

Did He Have a Lust for Line?

Portrait Drawing & Vincent Van Gogh There are a few artists that I wouldn’t like to watch working. It is always addictive to see someone drawing in a sketchbook or painting in the studio. But after seeing what Van Gogh could do with simple line to create a portrait drawing, I would definitely put him…

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Landscape Painting Essentials: How to Paint Trees

Painting Trees Means Knowing Their Anatomy We often think of trees in a very human way—that they have personalities and traits that distinguish them from all the rest. Their symbolism can be powerful and moving, and they are definitely a landscape painting essential. To better understand their structure and how to paint them realistically in…

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's good, bad, and ugly issues.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Don’t Plan Your Next Trip to the Met Without Reading This First The forced resignation of museum director Thomas Campbell. A fiscal deficit as high as $40 million. Six-figure executive bonuses amidst a churn of austerity buy-outs and layoffs. The numbers and their implications have certainly frenzied art world insiders over the past several weeks,…

Floral painting: White Roses in a Vase 1906 Victoria Dubourg Fantin-Latour, floral painting.

5 Unique Ways to Make a Floral Painting

So Many Ways of Painting Flowers! Spring is in the air and that means a return to one of our favorite subject matters–floral painting. When I started writing I thought I might have trouble settling on just five unique looks for painting flowers–and I was right. That’s because every artist paints flowers differently. Whether in…

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Spring’s Hottest Art Trends

Radiant Painting Supplies, Toned Paper, Fancy Lettering and…Gelato? Every season we scour the painting and drawing scene–from new painting supplies on the market to what’s showcased at Art Materials World to what artists can’t stop talking to us about–for the hottest, most innovative trends that will most likely be arriving at an easel near you.…

Is being an artist just about art techniques or is it something altogether different?

What It Means to Be an Artist

Is It Just About Art Techniques or Something More? I know I don’t have to explain it to all of you, but when I am in situations with people who aren’t as passionate about art I find myself trying to explain and justify my commitment—to painting, drawing, sculpture, and all the art techniques that go…

Painting artist: 10 Ways to Spot an Artist

10 Ways to Tell You Are a Painter

How to Spot a Painting Artist Painters, no matter what they paint, are united in a love for creating. Painting makes our days better and gives us an incredible outlet for capturing the way we see the world. There are definitely tell-tale signs that mark us as painters, too. Here are ten ways to tell…

Learning how to draw a nose over 20 weeks was a lesson in patience as well as skill. This drawing of a nose is by my instructor Darren Kingsley, made with graphite pencil.

Drawing a Nose for 20 Weeks…Really?!

Delayed Gratification with How to Draw a Nose As a student at Studio Incamminati, I was introduced to doing charcoal drawings in, for example, 60 seconds, five minutes or ten minutes. We did longer ones as well, but the emphasis early on was capturing the gesture of the human form, in one or a few…

Plein air art: Depictions of "controlled nature" were a hallmark of Monet's style.

The Romance for Impressionism Is Overrated

Plein Air Art Strategies of Monet & More I used to think so romantically about Monet, Pissarro, and the other Impressionists. Not romantic like Manet is so dreamy; romantic as in idealizing this particular group of painters—thinking they stepped outside of their studios and, snap, Impressionism just happened. Veneration can sometimes blind the mind’s eye…

Artist Vic Hollins calligraphies one of her favorite words for the napkin doodle challenge at Art Materials World.

Napkin Doodling at Art Materials World

Sketching on an Everyday Surface with Incredible Results You use a napkin and you throw it away. It’s disposable, flimsy, forgettable, but practically every artist I know can’t resist sketching or doodling on a napkin if given half a chance. It’s wrapped up in nostalgia, fun, play, and just how any surface can become an…

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The Blind Contour Exercise — Good Drawings Start Here

Beginner Drawings — Start with a Simple Line The Blind Contour drawing exercise is a fundamental tool that can help artists create their first beginner drawings as well as experienced artists learn to reacquaint themselves with the power of observation. Popularized by Kimon Nicolaïdes in his 1941 book The Natural Way to Draw: A Working…