What Inspires Master Artist Daniel Graves

From doorways found in distant travels to classic myths, discover what inspires the contemporary realism of Daniel Graves, and be moved.

Masters of Shadow and Makers of Light

"Whether we are called kitsch, grotesque, dark, or low brow, narrative storytellers are painters searching for sentimentality...an honorable pursuit."

A Frame Maker’s Thoughts On Framing Paintings

Why framing is a critical element of your final piece of art, and how it's perceived by the world at large.

Anatomy of Light in Contemporary Realism

Learn how colored pencil artist Jesse Lane uses lighting affects to create a highly emotional piece of art.

On Painting Horses

Professional artist, instructor, animal lover, and horse owner/trainer, Johanne Mangi shares inspiration on how to paint horses.

On Trompe l’Oeil: A Contemporary Realism Sub-Genre

"Trompe l'oeil painting was a precursor of modern aesthetics," says Anthony Matromatteo. Keep reading his essay on this realism sub-genre here.
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