I've been called “the briefcase-toting artist” by some who are implying that I'm both "right-brained" and "left-brained" at the same time. This theory, whose validity is challenged by some professional analysis, is clearly a stereotype that prevails.
It surprises me, sometimes, to hear about the questions that people ask professional artists. Urban sketches and plein air painters alike have experienced odd questions and comments from passersby, but they're not alone.
When Chris Cozen realized that she had fallen into a predictable rhythm with her acrylic art, she decided to "pull a 180” and start painting with fresh eyes again. In today’s newsletter, she shares her advice with you so that you can break the habit of repetition.
Jane Chapin has accomplished a goal that is highly admirable, in my humble opinion. She bravely traveled across America, painted a heartfelt landscape in every state, paid tribute to a military veteran from each state, and published a book about her experience.
If you’re like me, and you haven’t reached that “wow” moment yet, then I encourage you to keep working hard until you do. Once you reach it, the feeling you experience will be one of the most joyous of your life. I know. I’ve experienced that feeling, that strong sense of achievement, with my...
The art community lost a very insightful and talented artist a few weeks ago to prostate cancer. Robert Genn, known as Bob, was a mentor to many and touched the lives of artists all over the world with his biweekly blog, "Painters Keys."
Do you ever have one of those moments when you ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Artist David Beynon Pena has a great idea, and although he didn’t invent the concept, he’s doing very well with it.
From the time I was young, I loved taking scissors and paper and cutting out shapes; everything from snowflakes at Christmas time (which I still do), to cutting and pasting rudimentary collages. The kind of creativity that comes from paper, scissors and paste is fun and can be so freeing. I wasn’t alone. My...
Looking for framing tips or considering DIY frames when it comes to protecting and presenting your pastel work? Get started by learning how to apply your own dust cover.
Don’t miss this summer’s must-have pastel resource! The August 2014 issue of Pastel Journal features pastel techniques and instruction for how to: paint coastal seascapes. convey light in your paintings. create tone in your underpaintings. use everyday objects to aid your framing process. and much more! Watch our video preview link below for a sneak peek, and you’ll see...
"I can't draw a straight line with a ruler!" If I had a dollar for every time I heard that worn out phrase, I’d have a custom built studio overlooking the ocean in Fiji.