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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.

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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Best Acrylic Paint — Palettes, Mediums & More

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…

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3 Things a Painting Can’t Live Without

Good painters don’t merely re-create what is in front of them. An experienced artist knows how to create a successful painting no matter what situation or model he or she is presented with or the materials being worked with, from mixed media painting or collage to pen and ink or oils.  Of course, this often…

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Light, Light, Burning Bright

Hopefully Blake will forgive me for that little rewrite, but when I see a painting that has complicated light effects or diffuse light that seems almost prismatic I can’t help but think of that adulterated line of poetry. It happens when I look at Whistler’s nocturnes and it also occurred when I look at the…

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Experiment With Abstract Art

I don’t know if I’ve ever said these words “out loud” to you, but they deserve to be said, repeatedly and loudly. So here I am, virtually hollering at you across cyberspace: Experiment with abstract art! I know we have talked about how thinking abstractly is a key to any successful painting, realistic or otherwise.…

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My Spring Painting Inspiration Is

Color! Color! Color! After weeks and weeks of dull, lifeless views out my window, I am ready for a spectrum-spanning bout of painting full of rich and deep colors as well as views with soft and pearlescent light that gleams. I didn’t realize how much energy and happiness I derive from having all the colors…

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How to Paint the Look and Feel of Spring

I’m a color junkie. In fashion, in design, and especially in painting, vibrant color is what gets me creative. But before the image of Mimi from The Drew Carey Show becomes forever attached to my name in your mind, I’ll point out that I can control myself…sometimes. It’s tough, though, especially now that spring is…

Streets of Rocamadour, France, watercolor by Thomas Schaller

A Moment with Thomas Schaller

The First in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series: Masters of American Watercolor—Thomas Schaller   How did you become interested in watercolor? Growing up in rural Ohio, my only exposure to the wider world in general, and to art in particular, was through books. My mother and grandmother had quite a collection of art books, and as…

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More Painting Methods I’d Steal From Julie Heffernan

Self-Portrait Sitting on the World by Julie Heffernan, 2008, 78 x 56, oil on canvas. I started with another post about Julie Heffernan’s out-of-the-box conceptual acuity and dynamic oil painting methods, but I just couldn’t stop there. Here are a few more ways of working that I’ve gleaned from studying her oil paintings. Still life—A…

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I Want to Steal Her Ideas

If I could jump into any painting and live in that world for a time, I’d throw myself at a Julie Heffernan canvas without a doubt. In her hands, oil painting has never looked so sumptuous and rich. Although she infuses her work with fantastical, out-of-this-world concepts, Heffernan’s style typifies realism at its best because…

Primavera, 30 x 40" Oil painting by Ann Trusty

Glowing Lanterns

Long-time readers of Perspectives know that we sometimes write about inspiring or interesting subjects we discover while on our walks in the country near our home, and today was one of those moments. Our weather is extremely variable, so warm days in March and April are not unusual. However, this makes it hard to tell…

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What Painters Rarely Do

I have a confession to make: I’ve never glazed an oil painting. The process intimidates me a bit—creating luminosity and an inner glow on canvas is no easy feat—and I often lose steam after about the second layer. It takes so much time, and having to be so conscious of getting the layers thin sometimes…