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Contemporary realism paintings

High Kitsch?

The confusion around the word “kitsch” is common because its usage has been largely isolated to low-skilled productions, but it doesn't have to be associated with something negative. Luke Hillestad explains.
Plein Air Salon portrait paintings

PleinAir Salon Painting of the Week: Khoddy

Congratulations to Carol Arnold, whose work has been recognized in the PleinAir Salon.
Drawing on toned paper - Daniel Maidman - RealismToday.com

5 Tips for Drawing on Toned Paper

Regarded as one of the foremost masters of figure drawing in America, Daniel Maidman has spent several decades grappling with the challenges and opportunities of drawing from life. Read his advice for drawing on toned paper in this guest blog post.
Old Masters - Figurative Art - RealismToday.com

“Museum Studies” Teach the Language of Art

For five years, three days a week, Bradley Stevens participated in a "daunting" program for artists that allowed him to study and copy Old Master works in prominent museums. Learn about his "Museum Studies" series here.
Art installations

Tangled Hierarchies

In his narrative oil paintings, Jay Senetchko invites the viewer to navigate a maze of strange loops. Tangled hierarchies of communal polytely and historical referencing conflate past, present, and future.

Realism Ambassador of the Week: Safia Khilji

Meet this week’s top Realism Today Ambassador, Safia Khilji.

One to Watch: Sara Scribner

Featuring otherworldly environments and mystical motifs, Scribner's paintings create a sweeping sense of being in another time or place, perhaps even in a dream.
Figure drawing how-to

Figure Drawing and Economy of Line

What if you had to pay for every line you drew? Learn how this artist uses "Penny Lines" and "Dollar Lines" to give each mark a hierarchy of importance.
Painting portraits - Chantel Barber - RealismToday.com

My Favorite Acrylic Painting Techniques

Chantel Barber is known for her expressive paintings. In this guest blog post, she shares some of her favorite (and surprising) acrylic painting tips and techniques.
Contemporary Realism Wildlife Art - Dustin Van Wechel - RealismToday.com

An Artist’s Romance with the Wild

How Dustin Van Wechel's love of the Rocky Mountain West finds its way onto canvas. Bonus: Includes a step-by-step oil painting demonstration.

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