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.
Sometimes the experience of painting can feel more like a battle than a party. I once overheard an artist describe it as a roller coaster ride. We go up and then we go down—back and forth until the ride stops. At a recent workshop, a dear artist friend of mine, Kathy Detrano, had a...
Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.
There's a fine line between being finished with a piece of art, and having gone too far into the world of overkill. I have drawn myself right into a ditch at times, knowing I should've quit while I was ahead. But unless you have a lot of experience, chances are you're not going far...
Mary Ellen Johnson is a “precision realist” whose subject is all American, and yet also universal--it is food, delicious, memory-jolting, decadent food.
Artist Chris Cozen is back with an insightful explanation of how she uses acrylic glazes to transform abstract shapes into serene compositions.
Let’s face it. Bodypainting is fun. It’s fun to be the one holding the brush as well as to be the "canvas." I know. I’ve done both.
I receive many emails from fellow frustrated artists. “What do I do, Lee? I’ve hit the artistic wall!” If you’ve sent me an email like this, you’re not alone!
With 40 years of painting and teaching under his belt, Dean Nimmer has recently come out with a book that speaks to those of us who look at things a little more deeply than some. Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, includes exercises on abstract art for beginners (and those with...
I've been called “the briefcase-toting artist” by some who are implying that I'm both "right-brained" and "left-brained" at the same time. This theory, whose validity is challenged by some professional analysis, is clearly a stereotype that prevails.
It surprises me, sometimes, to hear about the questions that people ask professional artists. Urban sketches and plein air painters alike have experienced odd questions and comments from passersby, but they're not alone.