Familiar

"By examining my own world and people closest to me on a daily basis, my paintings have begun to reflect the current season of my life."

Thoughts on Sensuality in Art

Contemporary figurative artist Alan Feltus shares an essay on painting the nude female figure.

On Drawing Pet Portraits

When a memorial dog portrait by James Thomas brought the dog's owners to tears, he saw how powerful his tributes could be. Since then, he ...

A Slice of Americana

In her illustrative storytelling, Morgan Irons often maintains a mystery that holds viewers’ interest and invites them to ...

The Underlying Structure of Painting Figurative Art

The skill of good observation, the ability to convey the three-dimensionality of form convincingly, and the cultivation of edge, color and value sensitivity—all stem from an understanding of the nature of the underlying structure.

Contemporary Oil Painting: A Visual Treasure Hunt

"My life feels like a visual treasure hunt.." Contemporary painter Nancy Boren shares her inspiration and process for painting “Fairy Dust on the Breeze.”

600-Year-Old Painting Techniques

A Rare Glimpse Into 600 Years of Classical Painting Techniques (A note from Eric Rhoads, Publisher of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine)

A Welcome Challenge: Painting Realism in Art

Eric Drummond uses thickness and thinness of paint to translate form, compression of values to express light, and the experience of interacting with his subjects in person to express moments between human beings. Here, he shares how the experience of Covid influenced his work.

The Power of Change

From oil to pastel to watercolor, Mario Robinson explains how his body of work (in media and in subject) could be likened to the acts of a play: rising action, climax, and resolution.

This is Not a Nude: Figurative Art by Rose Frantzen

Today we’re proud to shine a spotlight on the figurative works of contemporary artist Rose Frantzen, including her trompe l'oeil paintings.
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