“Rarely are the ethereal pictures by Odd Nerdrum easy to look at, yet they always draw us in, forcing us to marvel at the artist’s deft draftsmanship and lush brushwork, even as we try to work out exactly what’s happening here..."
When Dutch artist Francien Krieg was intrigued especially by a woman's white hair, she found a way to emphasize it in a 40 x 47-inch portrait painting, using perspective to make the head "monumental." Here's how.
“If you paint a human figure in the right way, you can paint anything,” says Russian master painter Nikolai Blokhin.
"I believe art has the power to move people and that the most effective, beautiful, and truthful way to do that is through realism."
Congratulations to William A. Schneider, whose portrait painting "Sweet Sixteen" recently won recognition during the 2020 Art of the Heartland National Exhibition.
In this guest blog post, Chantel Barber shares a step-by-step demo of how she used reference photos and creative freedom to recreate a commissioned portrait painting.
April Coppini, artist and mother of three, shares the fascination that keeps her motivated and her process for creating charcoal drawings that are sometimes chaotic, and sometimes calm.
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."
"I explore societal taboos and disorder, and through my artistic practice I hope to be able to deal with the damage of my past and provide my own children with a world of wonder and nurture." Be inspired by the works of Claudia Kaak.
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..."