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Be inspired by the paintings and drawings from some of the world’s best working artists with these guest blog posts, artist interviews, exhibition news, and more.

A feature on Sherrie McGraw and the wonderful synthesis of figurative realism and abstract realism.
When I’m portraying a figure in a domestic scene I am drawn to a voyeuristic feel to the paintings, a solitary figure living their own story in the modern world, leaving it fairly ambiguous, so the viewer can draw their own conclusions and hopefully in some way relate to it.
How do you define success? Kate Van Doren: As an artist and art therapist, I define success by touching the lives of others in some way. If one person resonates with a story I paint, helps raise awareness or changes...
Michael Hlousek-Nagle is currently finding inspiration in the ancient world, in Greek and Roman art, culture, and literature.
Inspired by Sharp, Couse, Bouguereau, and Moran, Joshua LaRock expresses his wonder of the West by combining figurative art with the barren and peaceful desert landscape.
The contemporary realism paintings of Megan (Mae) Read offer dreamy, melancholic escapism in a world that is more multi-dimensional and complicated than meets the eye.
Throughout the week of Watercolor Live, we continued the learning streak with even more of today's masters. Here are some of the highlights you may have missed!
Joseph McGurl doesn't use photo references; why he works from "my observations, memory and imagination."
Contemporary realism wildlife art - Martin Wittfooth, "Occupy," 73 x 100 inches, oil on linen, 2012

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"Honing our craft with the aim that it might one day match up with and do justice to our inner ramblings is an ambition I hold to be sacred."
If someone said to you, “I’m not talented enough to paint,” what would your response be? We posed this question to Lyn Boyer, and here's what she had to say...
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