Author Archives: Cherie Haas, Online Editor

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A Fascinating Thing About Painting

Artists don’t paint because it’s an easy thing to do. It often takes patience, practice, and a concentrated effort to be able to paint to one’s satisfaction. In Pastel Journal Daniel E. Greene, who has built a hearty portfolio of breathtaking portraits, admits that painting is “a never-ending process of challenges and learning.”

Basic color theory, acrylic painting by Patti Mollica

Kick up the Color!

While I wouldn’t describe all of Patti Mollica’s paintings as quiet, I would say they’re humbly bold. She could use all the colors of the rainbow, but instead she goes in for the win by narrowing her choices, coming up with art that speaks volumes.

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It Was A Little Tacky | Painting Portraits

Mark Menendez is a portrait artist who has an incredible passion for teaching. I’m so pleased to share with you this Q&A we held recently. Make sure you read all the way through--you’ll get a kick out of a slight misunderstanding he had with a beautiful student, which he shares here.

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When I Hear People Say…

Landscape paintings are inspired by visions such as these because the earth provides us with so many wondering thoughts of how and why we’re here. And sometimes all we can do is absorb the beauty, then let it spill out in our own creative interpretations.

Over Watkins landscape painting by Brian Keeler

Painting During the Golden Hour

It's no secret that Brian Keeler's landscape paintings are filled with stunning light. The sunsets in his work are quiet, and take us to a time and place where drivers wave to each other on the backroads, and folks sit on their front porches with glasses of sun tea as they watch the clouds...