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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The Dilemmas of Painting With Pastels

Pastel is a very popular medium, and many of my students like to use it. Personally, I love the look of a well-done pastel painting. However, due to the powdery nature of the medium, I’ve had to limit its use in my studio. Here are some of the issues I’ve encountered.

Pastel Pointers | Artists and Their Public

Twilight is an interesting time of day to paint. It lasts for only a short amount of time. When not finessed properly, it can become cliché, looking more like a postcard than a fine art painting. Not being a person that has been drawn to painting this specific time of day, I found it...

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Strokes of Genius 7 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 118 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2014 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 7: Depth, Dimension + Space! 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 “Strokes 7 Winner...

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The Beauty of a Block-In

Focusing on details early in the process is a lot of fun, but it invariably turns out a drawing that doesn’t look right. You have to start big and work small, which is why most skilled artists always start their drawings with a block-in.