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“One of the frustrations with being an artist is hitting the proverbial ‘plateau,’ and if not handled correctly, such plateaus can make or break your artistic confidence,” says realist painter Tony Pro. Here are some of his tips to help you get past these bumps in the road to good painting.
In this exclusive Q&A, artist and teacher McGarren Flack tells us about his artistic path, including how his art has changed over time, and one of his biggest challenges.
If your drawing style falls within the category sometimes known as “Art Class Awkwardism,” you’ll want to see what this teacher has to say.
Filled with spirit, Katie Whipple shares her journey to Rome. “I was going to live in Italy, make master copies, study Italian history, and eat a lot of gelato. I had a plan . . . but in the first couple days of being in the Eternal City, I could see my carefully thought-out plans gracefully drifting down the Tiber.”
One of the most difficult aspects of being an artist is the hours of solitude. Here’s one way to socialize, network, and ultimately help your art career.
View charcoal figure drawings by Stephanie Amato.
Is cadmium paint toxic? Cadmium-based colors have been around for many years but tend to be among the most often in question. Artist and instructor Dan Schultz has researched this; here, he shares what he found regarding the toxicity of cadmium in artist paints. Bonus: Learn how to dispose of your dirty brush-cleaning water or solvent with this quick tip.
“Earthly Delights” is the title of a selection of still life paintings by Scott Fraser. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at Fraser’s painting process in this preview.
Daniel Gerhartz shares paintings that illustrate tips for assessing your subject in order to most accurately relay the correct values and edges.
“When one decides to dispense with the idea that becoming a painter involves some mysticism, real progress can be made,” says Tim Rees. “My painting career began with one assumption: There are very skilled artists painting realism today, and if they learned how to do it, so can I.”
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