Best Art Videos from Jen’s Picks and ArtistsNetwork.tv

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How to Paint Water

Learn How to Paint Water in Watercolor: 3 Demos

There are so many ways to approach the subject of water in your watercolor art, but sometimes, the simplest approaches are the best. Gordon MacKenzie demonstrates three approaches to the subject and shows that learning how to paint water can be fun, with achievable results right away.

Desmond O'Hagan

Artist Spotlight | Desmond O’Hagan, How to Paint with Confidence

Looking for someone who could teach artists how to paint with confidence, editor-in-chief of the Pastel Journal, Anne Hevener, introduced me to Desmond O’Hagan. Known for his loose painting style, and bold, confident stroke work—and for instilling that skill and spirit in his students—Desmond visited the ArtistsNetwork studios to show us his pastel and...

How to Draw a Cat

Animal Drawing Techniques

Animal Drawing Techniques If you’re like me, you probably drew your first cat or dog by the time you were just a few years old. Granted, it might not have actually looked like your favorite feline (mine tended to have 6 legs), but cats are such a prevalent subject in doodles, art and literature...

Learn to Paint Flowers

Learn to Paint Flowers in Pastel

The Power of Pastels There’s no beating the versatility of pastels for blending the best of the drawing and painting worlds. With the ability of working both wet and dry, and their ease of portability, the effects you can create are as varied as the artists wielding them. And when it comes to subject...

Landscape Painting Watercolor Art

Watercolor Painting: Landscapes that Sparkle

What’s so great about landscape painting? A lot of things, as it turns out. Landscape painting offers something different to every painter; whether it’s capturing the fleeting beauty of a changing landscape, the pull of a a coastal seascape you return to every summer, or even just a small patch of land at the...

How to Paint Oil Portraits

Oil Painting: Portraits in Cool Light with Chris Saper

How to Paint Portraits Portrait painting is popular for a reason, and it’s tough to argue with the classics. Even in the age of the selfie stick and easy access to cameras, we’re drawn to formal portraiture; not only because we want the ability to control how we’re presented to the world, but because...

Abstract Art Techniques

Beyond Realism with Abstract Art Composition

Question Reality in the Name of Abstract Art When I was a teenager, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Question Reality.” I found that idea intriguing, if somewhat baffling. But as an avid reader and artist, I associated the concept with my favorite forms of escapism, because that’s what artists and writers do...

Learn how to draw faces in 5 minute studies!

Learn How to Draw Faces in 5 Minutes

How to Draw Faces While drawing faces can be terrifying for beginning artists to approach, though there are few subjects that are more compelling than the features of a loved one. How many of us have itched to capture the cuteness of a young family member before their joy and wonder at the world...

How to Paint Trees

How to Paint Trees in Watercolor, Pen & Ink

How to Paint Trees The beauty of painting trees is that, like faces and snowflakes, every one of them is different. It’s no wonder then, that the approach to painting trees is different for every artist and in every medium. But when it comes to learning how to paint trees using watercolor and pen...