It seems that most of us—even when we have mapped out a destination for a painting—still find it hard to know when to put down the pastel stick and stop working. In fact, one of the most commonly asked question in one of my workshops is "How do you know when you are done?"
Printmaking is a fascinating way to make marks in mixed-media art. And Traci Bautista fearlessly explores ways to use unexpected objects to create new designs.
Using a chalk line, I start my seascapes by dividing the canvas into horizontal bands that establish a horizon line and the progressive layers of water, depth, and color. The bands are also an important aspect of the composition. I’ve always been interested in design, and I look for a specific proportional relationship, as...
I just concluded a five day workshop on portrait drawing. This is a special week, for people come from all over the country (sometimes from all over the world!), just to learn my techniques for drawing realistic portraits.
Mary Whyte's watercolors tell stories of Americans whose work and traditions are fading into the past, but not before she documents their existence in artworks that could strongly stand on their own even without the meanings behind them.
Many painters are drawn to color like bees to honey. The kaleidoscopic array of intense color choices available today is due in large part to the introduction of new organic pigments, such as Anthraquinone, Dioxazine, Hansa, Napthol, Phthalo and Quinacridone. These pigments are capable of retaining a high chromatic intensity across a range of...
I drew this piece in pencil over a couple of sessions. I always work from the general to the specific; from the flat/graphic shapes to dimensional forms. Accuracy of proportion and anatomical forms serves as the groundwork for the subtler, interesting problems associated with the sitter’s character and expression.
Watercolor artist Birgit O'Connor shares four quick tips for painting with watercolor. And don't miss her bonus demonstrations on how to paint flowers!
Drawing white subjects can be a challenge. After all, the paper is already white. So, how do you draw something white on top of it?
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...
Cathy Johnson gives examples of how create four effects with a watercolor pencil, along with some inspiration for your creative art journal.