Portrait and Figure Painting

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The Final Stage | Joe Mac Kechnie Pastel Gallery

Pastel artist Joe Mac Kechnie’s favorite part of the pastel painting process is the painting’s final stage. “I no longer fuss over details and accuracy, but use my gut instinct to take a tight painting and turn it into a work of art,” says Mac Kechnie, recipient of Pastel Journal’s 16th Annual Pastel 100...

Joyous Dance (silk screen, 30x22)

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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One Challenge of Drawing Faces | Eyeglasses

“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.

Dad (watercolor and pen on paper, 18x22)

January 2015 Artist of the Month | Amanda Dicken

Congratulations to our January Artist of the Month, Amanda Dicken! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition. Her painting, Dad, is below. Keep scrolling to see what Dicken has to say about art and life. Raleigh, North Carolina ~ www.artbyartmanda.com Both my parents were artists, so I grew up in a very creative...

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A Touch of Whimsy | Charles Williams Watercolor Figures

British artist Charles Williams applies a touch of whimsy to his watercolor subjects with an award-winning artistic foundation in drawing and painting (both watercolor and oil). His paintings of everyday life—both figures and still lifes—have a distinct air, as if he’s smiling wryly to himself. The people depicted often appear to be wearing fashions that they perhaps would have been better...