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The Artist’s Magazine celebrates the creative life and the creative act, the artist as well as the art, by showcasing the best work—in all media and in all styles—of the best artists working today. Learn about pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic painting; drawing techniques; modern artists and art teachers. Get inspired by the range of subjects, including painting landscapes, portraits and figures, abstract art, animal and wildlife art, still life and more.

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Plein Air Palettes

Feeling mischievous? Ask a group of painters what colors are best for a plein air palette—then sit back and enjoy the show! But, as Michael Chesley Johnson explains, there are some basic considerations when selecting a palette for painting en plein air.

March Artist of the Month

March 2015 Artist of the Month | Wendy Carney

Congratulations to our March Artist of the Month, Wendy Carney! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition. Her painting North End Flavors is below. Keep scrolling to see what Carney has to say about her process and the amazing time she was stunned to see her own work in a friend’s home! Boston,...

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Lightfast Paint and Lightfastness Ratings

Please explain lightfast paint. To what degree are finished works in the various media (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel and so forth) affected by direct or indirect sunlight? Why does protective glass seem to be recommended more for some media than others?

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Cheng-Khee Chee Explains Asian Art Papers

Asian art papers—often called "rice papers"—are painting papers made in China, Japan and Korea for ink/brush painting. These papers are made from a great variety of plant fibers besides rice stalks. They come in various thicknesses and sizes, and have different degrees of absorbency.

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Painting Knife Techniques

If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.

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February 2015 Artist of the Month | Chris Ann Ambery

Congratulations to our February Artist of the Month, Chris Ann Ambery! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition. Her painting, Joyous Dance, is below. Keep scrolling to see what Ambery has to say about art and life. Smithtown, NY ~ www.chrisannambery.com Many of my earliest childhood memories revolve around creating things. I can easily remember...

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Color Mixing Demo with Koo Schadler

This demonstration is from “What Color Is Red?” by Koo Shadler from the January/February issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Lesson in Local Color By Koo Schadler Image 1 is a simple still life photo that I give to students as a preliminary painting exercise. Not uncommonly, a student begins by identifying the local colors of the various...

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Watercolor Tutorial with Judy Betts

This demonstration is from “Chords of Color” by Holly Davis in the July/August issue of The Artist’s Magazine. “Chords of Color” By Judy Betts “First, an idea!” as Rex Brandt would say. You must have a passion for the subject you paint. As children, my sister and I shared a horse, and my husband and I...