Top Art Blogs

Stay-up-to-date with the latest news & trends in your favorite medium with our series of art blogs. Covering pastel with “Pastel Pointers from Richard McKinley”, the Watercolor Artist blog, acrylic & art news and more from The Artist’s Magazine blog. Each top art blog shares tips & features fellow artists who dive deeper into process and inspiration, sharing their top art tips and tricks with you.

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Splash 16 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 121 artists selected for North Light Books’ latest watercolor competition Splash 16: Exploring Texture! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Splash 16 Winner Notification” no later than...

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Exhibition Preview: Expressionist Art in Washington, DC

The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, DC is hosting an exhibition that brings together works from major German art movements, most notably the haunting German Expressionists. “Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection” includes works ranging from the 19th century to the 1970s, and although this spans some 200 years, the...

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Pastel Impasto Impersonation

One of the great advantages of oil paint, beyond its inherent richness of value and color depth due the pigment's suspension in oil, is the ability to apply it thickly--to create an impasto surface effect. The term impasto originates from the Italian word pasta, which means "paste." When associated to painting, it signifies a...

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Become a Teacher with Artist’s Network University

by Beth Samek, Online Education Manager Artist’s Network University is committed to developing and offering great courses that help students all over the world improve their own painting and drawing techniques, taking their creativity and skill to the next level. None of this would be possible without our great team of instructors. They create...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Pastel Wins Big at Academic Artists Association National Exhibition

Congratulations to Robert K. Carsten whose pastel, Insight and Inspiration, won the Best in Show Award at the 64th Academic Artists Association national exhibition, which opened last Sunday. The Academic Artists Association’s show is one of the oldest, continuing, annual fine art exhibitions in the country. It was established in 1949 by American Impressionist,...

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Painting Blue Skies | Applying the Theory of Light, Part 2

Last week, I started a discussion on how best to deal with an extremely intense blue sky in an otherwise warm landscape scene. I emphasized the importance of representing light by indicating a full spectrum of color and talked about a method of selecting analogous hues of blue and painting them with fragmented strokes...