Author Archives: Christina Richards

AcrylicsWorks 5 Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 110 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2017 acrylics competition AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “AcrylicWorks 5 Winner Notification.”     First Name Last Name Title Côtyne Martine...

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Winter Watercolors: Embrace the BURRR!

There’s no sugar-coating it– winter is on! And while it may be tempting to want to downshift into hermit mode for the rest of the season, we decided to take a different approach and embrace the BURRR by featuring some of our favorite winter watercolors that have appeared over the years in our Splash: The Best of...

How To Unclog Technical Pens (Hint: Don’t Shake!)

Have you ever been deep in the throes of a drawing and suddenly found yourself desperately trying to figure out how to unclog technical pens? Rest assured you are not alone. Many artists prefer technical pens for drawing because they’re easy to use and provide smooth movement. The one drawback of technical pens, though,...

Mixing Watercolors

Many purests will tell you never to use secondary or intermediate colors from tubes when mixing watercolors. Instead, you should always mix your blacks, neutrals (browns) and grays from primary colors. Phoenix artist Julie Gilbert Pollard recommends choosing a selection of watercolors that are mostly warm and cool versions of the primary colors, with no...

Fundamental Drawing Strategies

Whether you emphasize line or value in your drawings (or both), applying some fundamental drawing strategies to your process will help you enrich your drawing skills and improve your results. Leading figurative artist Jon deMartin offers some tips and tricks you can use regardless of subject or medium…   Choosing Your Orientation Before you begin drawing, you...

Incite 4 Art Competition Winners!

Incite 3: the Art of Storytelling North Light Books is pleased to announce the winning artists and artwork selected to be featured in Incite 4: The Best of Mixed Media! We look forward to learning more about the stories behind each artwork. Winners Listed alphabetically by artist’s last name. Winners have been notified by...

Editor’s Pick: Journeys to Abstraction by Sue St. John

In Journeys to Abstraction, by Sue St. John, fifty-eight artists share their process and inspiration on 100 abstract paintings covering a variety of mixed media. Find your own inspiration and develop your own techniques with this great gallery of abstract art from top abstract artists. The popularity of creative abstract mixed media art continues...

Free Watercolor Demo: Discover Shapes Within a Composition

  Painting Watercolor Flowers That Glow, an encore presentation of North Light artist Jan Kunz’s best-selling book, shares simple step-by-step demonstrations for capturing that celebrated “glow” in watercolor. Kunz explains how composition, color theory and other important elements of painting apply to painting flowers, distilling years of experience into key techniques artists can take...

Preview an Excerpt from The Successful Artist’s Career Guide

      In her new book, The Successful Artist’s Career Guide, artist and author Margaret Peot offers experienced advice and empowerment to art students, aspiring artists and longtime hobbyists for taking that next step toward mapping out the creative life of your dreams. Along with advice on practical matters like promoting your work...

Paint an Autumn Tree in Acrylic With Lee Hammond

Learn how to paint an autumn tree in acrylic with this free demonstration from North Light’s Paint Landscapes in Acrylic With Lee Hammond. Materials Paints: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ivory Black, Prussian Blue and Titanium White Brushes: 1-inch (25mm) flat, no. 2 flat bristle, no. 2 liner, no....

Sketch a Street Scene With Grant Fuller

Learn how to sketch a street scene in one-point perspective and at the same time, get a sneak peek at Grant Fuller’s new drawing instruction book, Start Sketching & Drawing Now— in stores this Fall…. This will be a one-point perspective drawing of a street scene with a single vanishing point. 1. Rough In...