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Palette knife portraits of women

7 Palette Knife Portraits of Women

Born in Spain and based in London, with time spent living in Africa and India, Elena Gual's work engages with the myriad realities of being a woman worldwide.

Realism Ambassador of the Week: Emilie Fantuz

Emilie Fantuz is an American-Canadian artist known for her large-scale paintings depicting reflections and nocturnal urban landscapes. Her palette knife paintings combine technical elements of hyperrealism with an abstracted stylization that is distinctly her own.
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.
An alla prima still life painting by Cornelia Hernes

How to Paint an Alla Prima Still Life

An alla prima still life painting is one that was painted in one session. In this free article, watch Cornelia Hernes create a beautiful still life in seven steps.

Step by Step Portrait Painting Tutorial: Selfhood

Realism Today Ambassador Jessica Oliveras takes us through the steps of her portrait painting, "Selfhood."
Contemporary realism cityscapes

Painting of the Week: Columbus Circle Golden Hour

Congratulations to Jonathan McHugh, whose work has been recognized in the monthly Plein Air Salon.
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."
Figurative Art - RealismToday.com

Secrets and Private Thoughts

Terry Miura shares his process for painting evocative and mysterious figures: "The process I follow in creating my figurative works varies from piece to piece, but they start similarly..."
A Quickstart Guide to Gilding for Oil Painters - RealismToday.com

A Quickstart Guide to Gilding for Oil Painters

"For any other painter out there who wants to try gilding, but is as confused as I was," says Elizabeth Zanzinger, "I hope you’ll find my notes about the process helpful."
Oil Painting Techniques: How to Prep Your Own Oils

Oil Painting Techniques: How to Prep Your Own Oils

"By making your own paints, not only do you save money, but you also gain full control over the ingredients and quality of the paint." Patrick McGrath explains.

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