Christine Ivers's pastel nocturnes beautifully capture the warm glow that can only be seen at night, but the technique she uses need not be mysterious to you.
"My goal is to paint something convincing," says Randall Exon. "There's a certain type of authenticity that I think I can only reach through my own memory banks."
Painting rocks, for me, is, in part, a matter of contrasts and harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself.
Today it’s my pleasure to bring you inspiring words of advice from Maureen Killaby, who has mastered the art of drawing and finds pleasure in sharing her knowledge with those on the same path.
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.