Art Mediums & Drawing

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Jian Wang | 18th Annual Pastel 100 Award of Excellence Winner

The Pastel Journal Award of Excellence in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 competition went to a figural painting, Lipstick, by Wang Jian, an artist from Beijing, China. Vianna Szabo, the juror of the competition’s Portrait and Figure category called “Lipstick" a "masterful study in the power of limiting detail in a painting."

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Becky Johnson Wins Gold in the 18th Pastel 100

Becky Johnson lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. But the painter doesn't go for the vast, majestic mountain scenes you might expect of someone living in that area. Instead, she's drawn to more intimate scenes like the one that inspired Along the Road, below. It won the artist the Richeson Pastel Gold...

Acrylic Painting Color Essentials with Chris Cozen Floral Painting

Acrylic Color Essentials from Chris Cozen

If you are just getting started with acrylic painting, there are some color essentials you’ll want to know to be successful. Acrylic artist and GOLDEN Paints workshop instructor, Chris Cozen, shares the most important things you’ll want to know about acrylic color in her new ArtistsNetwork.tv art workshop video, Exploring Acrylic: 10 Color Essentials.  Watch this video...

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Diana Sanford | Richeson Pastel Bronze Award Winner

Diana Sanford‘s pastel abstract, Reckoning, received the Richeson Pastel Bronze Award in the 18th Annual Pastel 100 Competition. “Color and design are the strengths here, with impeccably subtle layering,” says Abstract & Non-Objective Category Juror Marcia Holmes of Sanford’s award-winning pastel abstract, below. “There’s also intrigue. We want to see this painting in person to...

Studio Saturdays: Creativation 2017 Report

The mixed-media world’s latest and greatest products were unveiled at the recent Creativation 2017 show Phoenix, AZ, and I’m happy to report that there’s a lot of great stuff headed your way. I thought I would take this Studio Saturday to let you know what will be landing in your studio very soon. At...

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Painting Techniques for Textured Abstract Art

While there are many, many mediums you can purchase to use to create texture in your artwork, you can also create texture in a different way– heat. In Jodi Ohl’s new book, Abstracts in Acrylic and Ink, she demonstrates heating a specific type of acrylic paint with a heat gun to create bubbles between...

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How Different Materials Affect the Drawing Process

The following article by Dan Gheno, about the pros and cons of various drawing materials, appears in the winter 2017 issue of Drawing magazine. You can see the full list of articles in the issue, and you can get your copy here or download a digital version here. You can also subscribe to Drawing. ~~~ How Different Materials...

Painting Cascading Water in Watercolor by Julie Gilbert Pollard

The Anatomy of Cascading Water

Everyone loves the whimsy of water in a bubbling brook as it runs over rocks and cascades into little waterfalls of frothy foam. Artist and author, Julie Gilbert Pollard is no different; painting water moves her artistic soul and is one of her favorite subjects to paint in watercolor, oil, or acrylic. To capture...