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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.

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Paint Every Figure With the Power of a Portrait

First Bite, 17 x 16, 2009, oil painting. All works by Michael de Brito. Courtesy Eleanor Ettinger Gallery. Painting the people and places one sees every day can be either a mind-numbing trial or an impetus for creativity that just happens to be homeward bound. For New Jersey-based artist Michael de Brito—who has spent the…

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Painting the Brightness of Sunlit Snow

Large snow storms give us opportunities to study the unique light, colors and shadows that only snow cover provides. Painting snow presents many challenges to the plein air painter–the least of which is the cold. The primary difficulty is the intense light reflected by the snow. This causes us to squint down, and in so…

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Why Does This Painting Move Me?

Ask yourself that question when you see an artwork you respond to and it might reveal what you strive for in your own artistic practice. In Diego Velázquez’s Kitchen Scene in the House of Mary and Martha, the answer (for me at least) is the psychological intensity of the foreground figures and the layered composition.…

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Premixing Your Paints: Pros and Cons

A lot of painters have strong opinions about whether or not it is helpful to premix colors on the palette or ‘set’ a palette before painting. I’m not talking about making your paints from scratch but rather about mixing a few colors, or even just one, after you’ve identified what the main colors in the…

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A Painting Just Waiting to Happen

I was in Florida a few weeks ago and felt so lucky to be in such a warm, sunny place that I don’t think I spent a minute indoors. I was kayaking, mountain biking, walking on the beach, and swimming in the ocean. And again and again I would look around and think, “That’s a…

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Attitude Is Everything

We’ve all had those moments when the details and concerns of keeping all the plates spinning distracts us from the one thing, the most important thing, that those of us who are creative people must do–create. Even doing chores that are pleasurable, like gardening, can take us far away from our art, and soon an…

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Dark Tidings

Sounds mysterious and threatening, right? No worries! It’s just that when Liz Haywood-Sullivan began to create pastel drawings, she was dismayed with the range of dark colors available. “Rich, dark pastels were hard to find,” she says. “Most of the time the darks just weren’t dark enough. Now, fortunately, times have changed and colorful, dark…

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Drawing Basics: Meet Your Master and Then Throw Him Away

For this brush and ink drawing, I applied what I learned from da Vinci, but moved in my own direction. Sad is the disciple who does not advance his master. –Leonardo da Vinci Maybe you remember–in my earlier post when I recommended that you choose a master–I remarked that it was generally a good idea…

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Behind Every Good Painting Is a Good Still Life

Yes, that is a complete exaggeration. But my point is that a lot of times in the art world people tend to silo or separate genres of painting to such an extreme that it’s as if they can never come together in a work, when in fact the opposite is true. Many genres dovetail nicely…

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Glowing Embers

What is it about this time of year that can send us into a creative tailspin? Yes, the sunlight has diminished in hours and intensity, and that can account for part of the mood changes, no question. But, as we were walking through the bare forest and fields this morning, it occurred to us that…