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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.

Oil Painting by Ben Fenske.

No Crisis Here, Look Elsewhere

Contemporary Figurative Artists I roll my eyes every time I hear about representational and figurative art and realism being “imperiled,” because there are so many important representational artists painting right now. It’s almost offensive how people think legitimacy comes with the passage of time. History can be a great equalizer, but art that is meaningful…

A Quiet Lunch by Karen Nelson, 40×16, acrylic painting.

No One Stays in a Crowded Room for Long

Acrylic Painting in the Sweet Spot When I don’t get that “forced out” feeling when I look at an artist’s paintings, I sit up and take notice. I was reading about the acrylic art of Karen Nelson in the just-out Fall 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist, and something teased my brain after I looked at…

Summer School by Don Andrews, watercolor painting.

Meet Watercolor Painter Don Andrews

The Fifth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor    How did you become interested in watercolor? Back in the late 60s early 70s I attended Ringling School of Art. Ringling offered a traditional art curriculum in those days. You became an oil painter the day you walked into class. My senior…

Red Coat Blue Mood by Bev Jozwiak, watercolor painting.

It’s an Excuse to Paint Umbrellas

Landscape Artwork That Isn’t Boring Are you as bored of pretty landscape painting scenes as I am? My eyes just seem to glaze over when I see landscape artwork that all looks basically the same: perfect sunlight over an idyllic countryside. I’m just not inspired. Give me a little atmosphere; throw in an unexpected color,…

The Cow by Wassilly Kandinsky, 1910.

Perceptual Filters

How to Paint? Change Your Blindness. “Simply knowing how many things shape perception and that perception shapes what we see can help alleviate miscommunication and misunderstanding, preventing us from getting upset with others when they don’t see things the way we do. The fact is, they don’t. They can’t. No one can see things like…

Painting by Mark Messersmith

A Color Vortex

Mixing Colors Everywhere Looking at Mark Messersmith’s artwork is like being sucked into a kaleidoscope. The colors are bold, varied, and everywhere. It seems odd to say this. I mean, of course, there is color everywhere–it’s a painting. But what stands out about Messersmith’s work is that he isn’t mixing colors just because. The colors,…

Storm Clearing by John Hulsey, oil painting.

The Eye of the Beholder

Plein Air Food for Thought Our lives revolve around those beautiful things, places and moments which inspire us and the effort to explore and reveal that inspiration to ourselves and others. It is a funny occupation in some ways—being a visual artist—and it often defies the hard Logic of the Marketplace and even our own…

Foxgloves by Jean Haines, watercolor painting.

Getting Trashed

Watercolor Painting Tips from the Bin I’ve heard of painting for yourself, for school, for work, but painting for the trash can?! Artist and watercolor painting instructor Jean Haines gives us her better watercolor painting tips for this and explains why working this way isn’t rubbish at all. Enjoy! The aim of being an artist…

Abergavenny Bridge, Monmountshire by J.M.W. Turner, watercolor painting

Turner’s Mysterious Yellow

A Watercolor Wonder A favorite pigment color in our watercolor palettes has always been Holbein’s Indian Yellow. We were distraught when it was discontinued in 2012. When we contacted Holbein to ask them why it had been discontinued and if they planned to bring it back, they replied that “changes have been made to the…

Two Women with Still Life by Willem de Kooning, pastel and charcoal on paper, 22 1/4 x 18 3/4 in., 1952.

Do You Know All Your Lines?

Pencil Sketch Your Favorite Lines The artifice of line is one of the aspects of drawing that I am most in love with. The fact that we can take line—which doesn’t exist in the natural world—and create a pencil sketch or a formal work of art that looks incredibly real or full of fakery, depending…

Haystacks in Giverny by Václav Radimsky, Impressionism oil painting, 1900.

A Forgotten Impressionist

What You Don’t Know about Impressionism Hundreds of artists frequented Giverny during the time that Monet maintained his studio and residence there during the height of Impressionism. Some were good friends with the famous Impressionist. Some were hoping to meet him and perhaps learn from and paint with him. Others were simply inspired by the…

Dans la crainte by Edwin Austin Abbey.

6 Tips for Color Mixing

Selecting & Mixing Colors An eloquent and unexpected use of color is often what divides beginning painters like me from the greats. But there are several basic rules of thumb that we can build on to propel ourselves and our paintings onto higher, more sophisticated ground, artistically speaking. With practice and attention, one of the…