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Contemporary realism narrative paintings

On Realism and Raising the Bar

"My real art education was formed and continues to this day through careful observation and learning how to see." From "preposterous" art methods in the 1980s to glorious days of studying with masters, Garin Baker shares his inspiring path as an artist.
Oil painting of a man - figurative art


"By examining my own world and people closest to me on a daily basis, my paintings have begun to reflect the current season of my life."
On Figure Painting - Alan Feltus - RealismToday.com

Thoughts on Sensuality in Art

Contemporary figurative artist Alan Feltus shares an essay on painting the nude female figure.
Maya Broskey, "January," Oil on panel

Portrait of an Empty Room

"From my earliest interest in art, the human figure and face were prominent subjects for my work. Even as my style, scale, and mediums varied over time, I was consistently drawn to the figure for inspiration. I was therefore disoriented and nervous when, seemingly on their own, the figures that had long populated my paintings disappeared."
Painting from Photographs - Nancy Tankersley - RealismToday.com

Painting from Photographs: How the Advantages Outweigh the Disadvantages

In this full-length article, Nancy Tankersley explains the pros and cons of painting from photos. Bonus: Includes reference photos and the finished paintings.
PleinAir Salon winner - Oil self-portrait painting contemporary realism art

My Quarantine Self-Portrait Painting

Inspired by 19th century art, this artist loves to create representational paintings that include traditional symbols.
Realistic still life painting - RealismToday.com

Kloosterboer on Creative Time

Take a journey with Lorena Kloosterboer, who takes you through her creative process, from the inception to the completion of a still life painting.
Painting composition - Huihan Liu - RealismToday.com

Painting Composition 101: Tips From Huihan Liu

What should artists do to get their message across to the viewer? Huihan Liu explains how simplifying a painting before developing the narrative may be your key to a successful composition.
Contemporary realism narrative paintings

The Burning of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s Masterpiece

In this interview, Gabriela Dellosso tells us about her winning painting that captures a moment in the French Revolution.
Contemporary realism narrative paintings

Figurative Art That Creates a Wordless Dialogue

In this artist spotlight, Andrea Kemp explains how, for her, evolving as an artist brings new meaning to her figurative art, in creating a "wordless dialogue."

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