If you were strolling along a river or canal in France on a lovely evening, you may have passed a landscape artist who was painting water--still, peaceful water. Ian Potts, who painted en plein air, found that watercolor best suited his needs, rather than oil.
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...
The paintings of David Ligare fall roughly into three categories: historical narrative, landscape and still life. These categories are useful to a point; however, they only begin to inform the viewer of the impulses, interests and deeper purpose behind each painting. And purpose there is, one that informs Ligare’s paintings, his writings about them...
Learn how to paint water in pastel with Amy K. Sanders' pastel color chart for painting waves and other pastel landscapes.
Pastel artist Amy K. Sanders shares pastel painting tips for painting waves and water scenes, including ocean, pond and other pastel landscapes.
With an appreciative nod to 19th-century painters, English artist Matthew Draper, featured in the December 2012 issue of Pastel Journal, captures mutable pastel landscapes with a 21st-century sensibility.
Watercolor artist James Toogood explains how to paint clouds using the watercolor techniques of lifting paint pigments. Toogood explains the watercolor terms "ease of lift," "staining," and "nonstaining."
Read more about pastel artist Sandy Byers, our July 2012 Artist of the Month, whose seascape painting was a finalist in The Artist's Magazine's 28th Annual Art Competition.
Follow John P. Osborne in his tutorial on how to paint landscapes/seascapes, focusing on color values and atmospheric progression.
The subtle addition of cursive script to the smooth wash of the sky in May Poppies (watercolor on paper, 9×9) by Judy Morris adds a unique ﬁeld of texture to the composition and heightens the sense of place. It’s no secret that painting with watercolor is exciting; with each brushstroke, we’re reminded to expect...
Sheldon Tapley paints from natural light in his studio in the downtown area of Danville, Kentucky. Learn how he manages to control the light and adapt to an urban space.