When you have an idea for a new work of art, it can be tempting to want to let every aspect of it shine forth, providing a buffet of textures for the eyes to behold. But sometimes it’s best to choose a smaller set of details for the limelight.
Terri Ford attributes the richness of her pastel colors to her loose, tonal underpainting. She demonstrates her underpainting process with a plein air pastel landscape.
When Dan Marshall began working with watercolors, he was immediately taken by the sensitivity of the medium and the atmospheric effects he could achieve in his watercolor landscapes. They feature a broad panning sweep; the compositional staging is highly stylized, abstract and near-cinematic. View a gallery of them here.
The watercolor portraits of Carol McSweeney, which she describes as “carefully and sometimes deceptively loose,” convey the artist’s fascination with the human spirit and the unique beauty she observes in people. McSweeney is passionate about getting to know her subjects. “It’s educational for me to meet and hear about their lives and then create a piece that...
Marc Taro Holmes, who has made a career out of urban sketching, has found a solution to capturing panoramic views and he’s here to share it with you.
Get inspired with artists who are known for painting cityscapes, and discover tried-and-true tips from John A. Parks!
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
Colored pencil artist Gary Greene demonstrates how to render an orchid step by step, using underpainting with solvents and burnishing.
We all make mistakes once in a while, but isn’t it nice when we can avoid them in advance? When it comes to watercolor painting, you can save time and money by learning from a pro such as Soon Warren.
In the summer issue of Acrylic Artist we feature artist Alvin Richard who shares his most unique method of art instruction—correspondence. After seeing a painting by Lloyd Fitzgerald, Richard was so inspired he wrote to Fitzgerald and soon a 10 year correspondence was born between artist and student. Now, the student has talents and skills he is...
Jaye Schlesinger paints still lifes in oil that feature the modern-day symbols of brand names, logos and consumer products so we can see them with new eyes and gain a better understanding of ourselves.