Melanie Lacki‘s expressive still life watercolor paintings explore the reflective surfaces of glass and pay homage to family, friends and favorite artists. “My subject matter is chosen based on a special emotional reaction I get when observing things around me,” says Lacki, referring to the mementos, books, fruit, fabric, shells and more that take center stage...
Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.
Mary Ellen Johnson is a “precision realist” whose subject is all American, and yet also universal--it is food, delicious, memory-jolting, decadent food.
Use acrylic to paint a glass subject with this step-by-step lesson from Lee Hammond, who shows you how to paint a glass vase for a still life.
Shiny metal surfaces can’t help but catch a viewer’s eye. Paul Jackson's watercolor painting demonstration shows how to depict these shiny objects.
After interviewing Alain Picard during his stay in Cincinnati while he was filming three new DVDs on how to paint light, I’ve been, well, enlightened. Here’s a little glimpse at what he had to say about how light inspires him.
Joseph Raffael's huge, vibrant watercolor flowers exhibit a master's command of color and composition. See some of his amazing work as you read his views on life and art, taken from a series of conversations with Betsy Dillard Stroud for The Artist's Magazine.
Realist artist David A Leffel reflects on his upbringing, the simple language of painting, and the art world of today in an interview with The Artist's Magazine.
Learn How to Paint Grapes in Watercolor Follow along, step-by-step, with Lian Quan Zhen to create vibrant grapes on a vine. A Berkeley graduate, Lian takes inspiration of the California vineyards to demonstrate his favorite watercolor painting techniques, including pouring and color mixing, layering color to create depth and form, and employing the use...
I place the setups for my works at almost eye level. The center of focus in the arrangement for Delicate Porcelain (oil, 9x12) is the orange and the lighter part of the white porcelain pot. The dark bottle enhances the contrast in the central area. The entire composition has a linear reading path starting...
Sadie J. Valeri energizes the traditional still life by including a nontraditional element in her compositions: wax paper.