Putting the Water Back Into Watercolor

Learn what inspires watercolor artist Birgit O'Connor, as well as the most common mistake she sees beginners make, the first thing they should invest in, and more.

Artists and Collectors: Finding Common Ground

What artists want to paint and what collectors wish to buy do not always look the same.

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.

Blurring the Line of Realism and Abstraction

Sharon Sprung on painting portraits and figures: "I seek a dialog between the two, to explore and provoke a more cohesive emotional experience."

Photorealistic Paintings That Expose Superficial Fixations

Exclusive Q&A: Arianna Tamaddon, whose photorealistic paintings are currently on view, shares what inspires her to "dive into this space and unmask the artifice of these coveted female forms."

Art Hack: 4 Quick Fixes for Your Values

William Schneider, who is on the faculty of Pastel Live (August 2021), shares four "quick fix tools" to improve the values of your next painting.

From “Breakdown” to “Breakthrough”

Kristy Gordon takes us up close and personal in the process and purpose of her narrative painting, "Planetary."

Picnics, Pools, and Parties: Summer Paintings by Zoey Frank

Focusing on the "mundane, suburban scenes of domestic life" allows Zoey Frank to simultaneously play with another, more "formal" aspect of her paintings...

Portrait Painting: What Do You Have To Say

Art is a language and you, the artist, have the power to communicate beautiful messages through your interpretation of your subjects.

To Make a Single Moment Eternal

"The single moment captured in one second in the photography is being transferred for months to the canvas to make this moment eternal," says Jan Mikulka. "The obsession in those moments...excites me even more when I am making the painting."
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