A Winning Pastel Painting > My Inspiration, Challenges, and More

Congratulations to Lisa Skelly, whose pastel painting "Rock Steady" has been recognized in the monthly PleinAir Salon.

Joe Paquet on Winter Landscape Painting en Plein Air

When landscape painting on location, Joe Paquet says he is careful never to ...

Contemporary Realism Artist to Watch: Stephanie Buer

Stephanie Buer thrives on the unpredictability of being outdoors — observing the evolving light, elements, environment, and architectural structures on any given day or season, then creating a heartfelt interpretation of what she saw and felt in that moment.

It’s Getting Hot in Here, So Let’s Talk About Color Temperature

A basic understanding of color temperature can bring much light and life to a painting. Here, Marc Anderson shares some common color mistakes and how to fix them.

And It All Starts With a Quick Sketch

When Sarah Lamb's realistic paintings of flowers caught our eye, we reached out to learn more about her process, which she shares in this step-by-step of "Camellia."

Thoughts on Drawing in the Classical Tradition

Find inspiration in the following excerpt on classical drawing from Robert Johnson’s timeless book, “On Becoming a Painter.”

The Harmonic Armature: “In the Moment” Still Life Painting

Harmonic Armature is a composition principle used by artists such as Christine Mercer-Vernon, who shares her process ...

Painting of the Week: “American Flamingo”

Tim Horn has a love of including the iconic Airstream in his landscape paintings. Here, he tells us about his inspiration for "American Flamingo."

My Process: Excavate, Create, Destroy

Discover a reinterpretation of Bouguereau’s masterpiece "Cupid and Psyche" (1889), seen through a new lens of inclusion.

Realism Ambassador of the Week: Leslie Paulus

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, Leslie Paulus, who says, "...portraits speak to me of history."
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