Artist's Network Feeds
- The Artist's Magazine Blog
- Pastel Journal Blog
- Pastel Pointers Blog
- Watercolor Artist Blog
- Drawing Magazine
Our newest video!Learn more about Plein Air painting here.
Get access to this video, and many other art workshop videos, at ArtistsNetwork.TV—now available for viewing on your iPad too!View All of the Art Video Workshops
Online Art Classes at Artist's Network UniversityCourses Starting December 10th:
- Drawing Portraits in Pencil & Charcoal
- Getting Started with Oil
- Getting Started in Plein Air Painting
- Pour it on with Watercolor: Basic Techniques for Painting with a Twist
- Beginning Acrylic Painting
- Introduction to Design and Composition
New classes open every week! See all of the upcoming online art courses here. Space is limited so sign up for yours today. We allow students to register up to 3 days after the start date.
Learn more about how it works at ArtistsNetworkUniversity.com
Google Sponsored Links
Explore related publications and services for artists:
MAGAZINES: The Artist's Magazine | Pastel Journal | Watercolor Artist | Southwest Art | The Collector's Guide: New Mexico
BOOKS & VIDEOS & SERVICES: North Light Books | IMPACT Books | ArtistsNetwork.TV | Artist's Market Online | Free Artist's Network NewsletterART COMPETITIONS: All Art Competitions | The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition | The Pastel 100 | Splash Watercolor Competition | Strokes of Genius | The Artist's Magazine: Over 60 Art Competition | Watermedia Showcase | All Media Online Art Competition
COMMUNITY: WetCanvas | Artist Daily Artist's Network on Facebook | Artist's Network on Twitter
CORPORATE: F+W Media, Inc. | Career Opportunities
Copyright ©F+W Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Still Life Painting & Composition: Fruit Vegetables Vases & More
When designing a still life, you need to think in terms of directing the viewer’s eye to the still life elements. Working with contrasting values and color temperatures and using complementary colors can help accomplish this goal. All those contrasts can be introduced with a patterned cloth, but the pattern itself can become distracting. The following demonstration shows how I struggled with—and overcame—this problem.
How to Paint Glass One of my favorite possessions is a set of beautiful decanters that sat in my grandparents’ house for as long as I can remember. The simple, stunning shape of a tall red cylinder next to various-shaped …
Nick Alm is the grand prize winner for Two Lovers (below; oil, 40×30). Continue reading to view the first places and honorable mentions in the categories for Watercolor; Pastel; Acrylic; Graphite, Charcoal and Ink; Colored Pencil; Mixed Media and Collage; Oil and Oil Pastel.
I’ve developed this particular exercise as a workshop warm-up. (I also use it before I paint in my own studio.) It’s a practice session for painting nine small pears on a full sheet (22×30) of watercolor paper. I call it practice because that gets rid of the pressure to make a perfect painting!
Today’s guest editor is Rachel Rubin Wolf, artist and author of many North Light Books; most recently she edited Splash 14: Light and Color, which is a compilation of the “Best of Watercolor” paintings discovered in the Splash Art Competition. The following is an excerpt from this celebratory book.
Watercolor artist Karin Isenburg shares how layering transparent watercolors heightens every detail of her still life paintings—from the light hitting a bowl of fruit to the reflections on a gold-rimmed bowl, and more.
Gary Greene shares his step-by-step wet-on-dry technique for creating Flower Power (water-soluble colored pencils and wax-based colored pencil on paper, 17¾x24), as seen in the August 2013 issue of Watercolor Artist.
When I came across Italian Garden Nectar by Carl Dalio, I paused to admire the arrangement of glasses and jars and the soft light that signals the sun setting just off to the west of the table. It also reminded me of Soon Y. Warren’s watercolor paintings…
Soon Warren has three new watercolor painting videos out that you’re going to love! Learn how to paint cherries in a glass bowl, koi fish in a rippling pond, and get great tips and techniques for creating great watercolor paintings. …