Author Archives: Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

For Courtney, editor of Artist's Network, art is one of life’s essentials. Presenting art techniques to you from trusted instructors and creators as well as adding her own voice to the mix about her own (sometimes blooper worthy!) art endeavors is what she loves best. She writes about everything from Old Master painting and techniques to how to troubleshoot a painting gone wrong. She is always looking for ways to make more of her studio time, too, working in mixed media.

What music puts you in the creative mood?

What’s Your Song?

Music Time! Name the Tune That Puts You in the Creative Mood One of the questions I love to ask artists is what type of music puts them in the creative mood, or if they have a particular song that is their art anthem. From there the conversation usually diverts to talking...

pouring acrylic paint wash pour

Finish Your First Perfect Painting

Contemporary acrylic paintings often showcase a wide variety of special effects. Many of those effects can be achieved by pouring acrylic paint. Pouring is a great way to smooth out unwanted texture, get marbleized effects, rich colored glazes, and add some fun to your painting process. Although pouring is a relatively...

The Chamber by Vincent van Gogh, oil painting. The work shoes one-point perspective, with a vanishing point at the bottom right window pane, roughly.

The Rules of One-Point Perspective Always Stay True

You Can Tilt Your Head, Wink, Blink or Rub Your Eyes — It Won’t Change a Thing It’s nice to have a few things in our changing world that stay constant. The rules of one-point perspective definitely apply. Once you discover what is behind this aspect of linear perspective, you will...

translating value to color in art

Translate Value to Color in Watercolor Painting

Figure This Part Out and You Will Paint Anything Beautifully If you want to really enjoy watercolor painting and sync to all of its wild, flowing, fluid possibilities, you have to understand one thing and one thing ONLY–how to break down your compositions into values, and then how you translate value to...

Sell art online and soon your paintings and drawings will be framed and on collectors' walls all over the world. Or at least that's my dream for you!

If You Are Ready to Sell Art Online Read This

You Don’t Have to Be a Business Mogul to Make a Living from Your Art I love the fact that we live in a day and age when artists have so much control over their careers. Making a living through creativity and artistic output is not only possible, but it is very...

Turquoise Sea by Nancy Reyner

Your Art Should Feel Like Play–Not Work

Sometimes I have a really hard time focusing on my job. Like this morning…I set out to write about Nancy Reyner’s Acrylic Revolution, which is on sale. First I wanted to get my hands on a copy, so I asked around the office to see where I could find one. Moments...