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.

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What Happens to an Aging Artist’s Eyes?

After a minor vision scare, we are reminded of the fragility of the eye – these complex organs that allow us to experience all the visual beauties of the world. And, we are reminded once again, never to take our precious vision for granted. But, like the rest of the body, the eye ages with…

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The American Van Gogh

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 studied in France, taught in New York and wrote the classic book The Art Spirit, was originally from the small town of Cozad,…

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3 Tips So You Don’t Wipe Out on Smooth Washes

I am rolling my eyes with embarrassment when I tell you that when I first saw watercolor paintings with wide expanses of color I assumed that these were applied and then wiped out and smoothed over after they were laid down. I had no idea that there were watercolor painting techniques that you could use…

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1958-59, oil painting.

Lucian Freud Had Great Skin

I started off seeing skin tones in figure painting in a closed off way, not really pushing to find the dimension and depth right in front of me. I almost felt I was still pulling a Crayon out of the box to color a figure’s form from head to toe like I did in childhood.…

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What Are the Best Oil Painting Brushes for Artists?

Your Best Oil Painting Brushes Are Here “They’re like magic.” “It was my savior.” “Don’t know what I’d do if I ever lost it.” I kid you not, these are some of the reactions we got when we asked artists to talk about the best oil painting brushes that they have in their studios. Apparently…

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How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Painting from Photographs

I’ve spent way too much time in murky classrooms looking at slides, slides, and more slides. I’m convinced that the entire academic field of art history would grind to a halt without projectors, carousels, and slides. But what is weird about looking at so many images is that I find myself thinking that I know…

Uncertainty by Frank Eber, 12x16, watercolor painting.

A Short Talk with Frank Eber

The Second in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Frank Eber   How did you become interested in watercolor? I really didn’t get interested in it until about 15 years ago when I first saw a painting by Percy Gray. I had always associated watercolor with paintings of puppies in a basket, vignettes…

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Take a Peek at Jamie Wyeth’s Watercolors

Watercolor is one of those wondrous materials that can be manipulated in so many different ways. Techniques vary, levels of liquidity and viscosity can be changed, and the way the paint is applied is open to wide interpretation. There’s a volatility to watercolor painting as well, and that’s what makes water-based paints so exciting to…

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Made For Each Other: Abstraction & Acrylic Paints

Abstraction is a key part of how you paint or draw anything. It is seeing completely with the eye, and not allowing the brain to contextualize what we are seeing. But turning off the brain is no small task! I’ve found that painting with acrylics has given me a bit of insight into abstraction for…

Major Build-Up When Pastel Painting

“That dog won’t hunt.” It’s what I thought to myself when I started to look into how to get layers of pastel to build up. It just didn’t seem possible, or easily possible. But I did my research, and that dog will hunt! Here are a few tips on how to get the layered effects…

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We’ve Found the Best Acrylic Paint for Every Artist

If you are painting with acrylics, we salute you! You have made a wise choice on so many levels. Acrylic paints are, across the board, more affordable than oil paints, and yet you still have access to rich colors and the thick, buttery appearance that oils are known for. And because acrylics dry fast and…