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.

Interior with dots by Ross Bleckner, mixed media painting.

Painting Light in the Dark

Mixed Media Paintings That Glow with an Inner Light For many, Ross Bleckner’s art put an image to the poignancy of loss during the AIDS epidemic and made the pain of mourning somehow bearable and beautiful. His paintings are an incredibly moving combination of light and dark, heaven and hell, with a bit of glitz…

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Painting a Season in All Its Glory

Landscape Painting & Fall Colors Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s my birthday season, so of course I’m partial, but I also just love the smell of autumn. It’s crisp and clean, and smells like rich earth.  More than any other time of year, I want to be outside during fall, hiking trails,…

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That’s a Chicken Head with a Snake Body

New Watercolor Artists Take Medium in Straaaaaaange Directions When I look back on the latest watercolor artists that I have discovered I get incredibly excited because many of them are doing things I have never seen before. Their work confirms what I know is happening out in the art world: that watercolor painting is making…

Afternoon Light, Sentinel, Yosemite, by Stephen Quiller, 32" X 23", acrylic & casein painting.

A Talk with Stephen Quiller

The Sixth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor   Stephen, what can you tell us in general about yourself as an artist and your way of working. First and foremost, I am a water media painter. I may find myself in the high country painting on site, spending the day using solely…

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3 Life Drawing Tips

My Surefire Figure Drawing Game Plan I have a painter-friend who is gearing up to do a major work with figures, but she feels a bit rusty about painting a model in all his or her glory. To help prepare herself, she’s set up a series of life-drawing sessions so that she can spend a…

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Plaid, Polka Dots, and Prints

So Many Still Life Possibilities So often with still life paintings, we focus on the objects in the painting first—and rightly so; they do take center stage. But still life artists know that backgrounds can play a major role in the look and feel of a painting as well. Positioning a still life painting or…

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The Simplest & Most Common Mistake

Don’t Stumble with Figure Drawing Let’s talk about common mistakes we all make because if you are making these figure drawing mistakes and are told to look out for them, it will speed up your progress considerably. I am using examples of my student’s drawings from the masterclass I teach to illustrate my points. Drawing…

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Artistic Keys to the Kingdom: Flexibility and Discipline

How to Paint In Your Own Way It’s always inspiring to hear artists describe their process in their own words, and I can just get out of the way (lol!). Steve Henderson is an artist many of us at Artist Daily have admired for his uplifting paintings, business acumen, and artistic generosity. Here’s a conversation…

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When a Photo Can Do It Right

Photos into Paintings 101 Certainly, there are pitfalls to making paintings from photos. One problem occurs when an artist thinks that a photo is magic and that he or she can turn a photo into a painting with a snap of the fingers. It isn’t that easy, of course. And even if it were possible…

Figure drawing fundamentals. Bellows painting.

Olivia Newton-Jon & Her Sweatband

Convey Movement in Fine Art Oil Painting & Figure Drawing Ugh, after all the summer splurging I’ve been doing, I should probably go exercise or run laps (note to find indoor track because there ain’t no way I’m going outside to do it!). But as a warm up I thought I would talk about how…

Mixed media drawing by Alex Powers.

Drawing Expressive Faces

When I was a kid, my mom always cut coupons on Sunday morning. I’d sit beside her and do the same, but I’d flip through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures I liked or lettering that I thought was neat, and I never gave up my artsy coupon clipping habit because it’s a great…

How to Draw Flames. Scot's Bay Evening by Alan Bateman, acrylic painting. Alan has painted the flames of the campfire in white with a hint of yellow. What is really exceptional is the smoldering wood--reddish and purple--toward the bottom right of the painting. The differences in texture between the two areas of flame really enliven the piece.

How to Draw Flames

How to Draw Flames We all know what flames are and what fire looks like–lit matches, burning candles, campfires, wildfires, and even houses on fire. For your art, adding flames to the mix can mean anything from superpowers to sci-fi disasters to people gathering together for warmth and comfort. Here are the basics of how…