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Contemporary Art and Artists

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.

"While my formal approach to painting and drawing is rooted in observing nature, I find great joy in exploring imaginary elements as they are a source of endless possibilities."
Throughout the pandemic, our surroundings, family, and often-viewed objects became subjects and, consequently, immortalized.
What do you need to build the perfect studio? William A. Schneider (who is on the faculty of Pastel Live), gives us a tour of his incredible, custom-built space.
How do you define contemporary realism?
What artists want to paint and what collectors wish to buy do not always look the same.
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.
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."
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.
Kristy Gordon takes us up close and personal in the process and purpose of her narrative painting, "Planetary."
Focusing on the "mundane, suburban scenes of domestic life" allows Zoey Frank to simultaneously play with another, more "formal" aspect of her paintings...
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