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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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...

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Student Art Show at Artist’s Network University

by Beth Samek, Online Education Manager I’m happy to return to the Artist’s Network blog this week to share some additional pieces from students in our courses at Artist’s Network University. Our courses include a wide variety of subjects, media and approaches and each student interacts with instructors to advance and improve their own...

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Maggie Price Remembered | Newly Discovered Works by the Artist

Last year, on April 4, 2013, we received the news of the death of artist, teacher, author and mentor Maggie Price (maggiepriceart.com) after a short yet courageous battle with cancer. A year later, we continue to miss her, both as a friend and as an important advocate of pastel. Fortunately, we can continue to...

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2B or Not 2B

Graphite pencils for drawing are not created equal. Read how Lee Hammond came to use a mechanical pencil for her graphite drawings, and which she prefers for blending.

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Announcing the Winners: 2013 Shades of Gray Competition

We’re thrilled to announce the 14 winning artists in Drawing magazine’s 2013 Shades of Gray Competition, which challenged artists to submit their best drawings done entirely in black, white, and gray tones. In total, there were 14 winning works, all of which can be seen in the upcoming spring issue of Drawing. (Click here...

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Painting Blue Skies | Applying the Theory of Light, Part 1

Recently, while on a painting trip to sunny arid Arizona, I was asked by a student for guidance on how to handle the intensity of the blue sky—especially in a landscape enhanced by the earthen tones of the rugged desert mountains. As someone who lives in an area filled with tree-covered mountains and a...