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Deadline Extended to 10/30 in 2015 Shades of Gray Competition

Attention artists! The deadline in Drawing magazine’s 2015 Shades of Gray drawing competition has been extended to October 30, so you have a few more weeks to send in your best drawings. Winning works will appear in Drawing magazine, and the top winners receive cash prizes up to $1,000. Artists at all levels are encouraged to participate–past winners have...


Practicing Intuition | 9 Underpainting Exercises

Whenever I'm demonstrating an underpainting technique, someone—at some point—will ask: Why did you put that color/value in that area? It's a tough question to answer since so much of what I'm doing is responding to the current painting situation with an anticipation of what will be done with the over-layers of pastel to come.


One Week Left in Drawing’s 2015 Competition!

Artists, draftsmen, sketchers, lend us your works on paper! The deadline in Drawing magazine’s 2015 Shades of Gray drawing competition is only a few days away: Entries must be received by October 5.  If you’d like to see your own work in the pages of Drawing (and on this website!) this is your chance. The Shades of Gray competition challenges...

Incandescent by Carrie Waller - Artist of the Month TAM

October 2015 Artist of the Month | Carrie Waller

Congratulations to our September Artist of the Month, Carrie Waller! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her painting Incandescent is below. Keep scrolling to read more about the artist’s current life in Japan and how she grew up in a creative household! Fussa, Japan ~ I’ve been creating art since elementary school. I have...

Step 11 for Glazing in Oils

Glazing in Oils: A Flower Demo

Growing & Pruning & Glazing Garden of Joy: Eleven Steps and Several Diversions Jane Jones writes out a step-by-step demonstration of how to paint her stunning, large-scale work, Garden of Joy (scroll to the bottom to see the completed piece.) In these 11 steps, she demonstrates glazing in oils, using Photoshop, editing composition and much...