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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Technique Tuesdays: Background Techniques

Facing the blank page—we’ve all done it, but we haven’t always enjoyed it. What helps artists break through all that white space is learning background techniques to spark ideas, develop a palette, and discover the beginnings of an image or two to build on. These 10 easy mixed-media background techniques from top artists are designed to get your next project off to a swift and successful start, whether you’re experimenting in your #art journal or collaging ... Read More »

Get to Know Oil Painter Glenn Harren

Oil painter Glenn Harren shares with The Artist’s Magazine his process and inspiration. The Thompsons (oil on canvas, 60×50) by Glenn Harren I started studying #art in junior high, and when I was able to drive, I studied in private studios around Pennsylvania. I went to artist and teacher Nelson Shanks, who sent me to study under Henry Hensche in 1977. From there I took night classes at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where ... Read More »

Abstract Inspiration with Dean Nimmer

Do you ever sit down to make #art and find yourself freezing up instead? Break the ice with acclaimed abstract artist Dean Nimmer! Dean&8217;s new video on includes 9 fun and easy ideas for unlocking your spontaneity and creativity. Keep reading for two ways to find abstract inspiration with shadows! Abstract painting by Dean Nimmer Dean says: “One of the problems that plagues all artists, no matter how much experience you have, is blocks. Is ... Read More »

Studio Saturdays: Mixed-Media Planner, Part 3

Welcome to the third and final installment of our Create Along series on making a unique mixed-media planner from scratch. You’ll love using this planner all year as a diary/datebook and an #art journal. The idea was inspired by Dawn DeVries Sokol’s article “Creative Days Ahead” in the January/February 2017 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, and this is her take on creating a one-of-a-kind planner that reflects your artistic style. Today I&8217;ll show you how to art up the inside ... Read More »

Liquid Pencil and Graphite in Your Mixed Media Art

I have always been fascinated with writing tools– pens of all types, markers, and crayons&8211; but pencils were never that exciting. Always the same shade of gray. Going to the office supply store for new writing implements was always my favorite part of back to school shopping because I could pick out new pens in exciting colors for note-taking. As an adult, my love for colorful writing tools hasn’t gone away and I think it&8217;s ... Read More »

Taking Measurements, Drawing Torsos and More: Five Figure Drawing Tips

“The Figure: The Best of Drawing” is a special issue of Drawing magazine devoted entirely to figure drawing, and here we’re happy to present five pieces of advice from its pages. To learn much more from the artists and instructors quoted here, you can order “The Figure: The Best of Drawing” or download a digital copy. 1. In the beginning, there was a rectangle. “Start by drawing a proportional rectangle into which your subject exactly fits. You ... Read More »

Pastel Portrait Demonstration: Tips on Painting from Life

Portraits have plenty of challenges on their own, and painting from life can add even more variables. Keep reading for tips from artist Brian Keeler as he presents a pastel portrait demonstration to a group of students! Model Sally “There’s this…system of thirds, which I refer to a lot. Start with that idea of thirds, and then see how the model actually differs from that perfect ideal. When I look at Sally, I think the difference ... Read More »

How to Paint Realistic Texture: Tips from Successful Artists

Acrylic Artist, the leading fine-#art magazine on newsstands, features talented painters who have a keen ability to accurately reproduce natural elements and textures. Here, we’ll explore the ins and outs of painting realistic rust with insights and tips from acrylic artists Randy Van Dyck and Steve Wilda. Randy Van Dyck: Romanced by Rust The spring 2017 of Acrylic Artist  features Van Dyck’s work. He marries old cars—often exhibiting rust and failing paint—with birds. The spring feature showcased his ... Read More »

An Abstract Art Exercise to Get You Thinking Creatively

Editor’s Note: It’s my pleasure to welcome Dean Nimmer as the featured artist today! Dean is the author of Creating Abstract Art, and he has four new video workshops ready to inspire you. ~Cherie A student in Dean&8217;s abstract #art workshop practicing “automatic drawing.” Just start making marks and keep going! Creating Abstract Art by Dean Nimmer Abstract artist, teacher and author Dean Nimmer If you’re like most artists, you’d rather be making art than just ... Read More »

From Grisaille to Color: Oil Demo with Dan Thompson

As seen in The Artist’s Magazine&8217;s March issue, Dan Thompson walks us through his oil demo with a deep concentration on grisaille. FROM GRISAILLE TO COLOR by Dan Thompson 1. Open grisaille: I had the honor of painting Jack in Studio Six of The #Art Students League of New York. This was the room of Kenneth Hayes Miller, a portrait/figure artist who taught at the League from 1911 to 1951. I set forth a process of ... Read More »

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