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Painting with oil - still life of Peony flowers

Fresh Color: On Painting with Oil

Don't Miss! Find inspiration for painting with oil; And, your chance to win a set of Cobra water-mixable oils from Royal Talens!
Still life paintings by Pat Fiorello

Oil Painting Lesson: 10 Ways to Avoid Muddy Color

Avoid these bad painting habits and learn how to keep your colors clean and fresh.
Painting with watercolor

Painting with Watercolor: Not an Effortless Endeavor

An interview on using photo references, understanding one's art materials, color mixing, and more.
Realism figurative art

The Conundrum of Color

While color can be a powerful tool for artists to communicate emotions and ideas, its complexity is often paralyzing.
Birgit O'Connor, "Peony," watercolor, 22 x 15 in.

Putting the Water Back Into Watercolor

Birgit O'Connor (on the faculty for Watercolor Live) shares the most common mistake she sees beginners make, the first thing they should invest in, and more.
Painting by Sam Wolfe Connelly

On Color Theory: Limitation Through the Eyes of Zorn

Limitation may be one of the strongest tools available for artists. By restricting your tools, you may find that your ideas are free to grow.
Color theory for artists - Todd Casey

Color Theory > Color “Rules” That Aren’t True

There are a number of “rules” about how color should be used that aren’t true—or aren’t always true. Todd Casey explains this, explains the term "local color," and shares a bonus tip for mixing colors in this excerpt from his new book, "The Art of Still Life."
Painting with egg tempera

Egg Tempera: Mixing Past and Future

The expression “Greatness is in Simplicity” could not be better suited for this organic and valuable technique. At its base are natural ingredients such as...
Pastel figurative art - Corey Pitkin - RealismToday.com

Set the Mood with Bold Color and Intentional Edges

Using bold color with a limited palette is a simple tool to add to your composition arsenal. Here’s how.
Limited palette - Jennifer Balkan - RealismToday.com

Colorful Portraits with Just Four Tubes of Paint

Jennifer Balkan shares little-known ways to a lifetime of portraits you can be proud of.

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