May 13, 2020

Breaking the Comparison Habit

As artists, none of us are strangers to clichés that non-artists expect of us: from romantic dreamers to tortured creatives. But what about the stereotypes that we fit ourselves into? Perhaps we think that our artistic skills are governed b...

April 23, 2020

A painting starts in the mind. It must. From there, the complicated, elusive, grinding process of getting your vision onto a canvas begins. Gathering one’s visual data, be it from life, sketches, field work, collected props, or reference photos, you reference all these...

March 24, 2020

Judging by her representation at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, Elizabeth Nourse is the Queen Artist of The Queen City- Cincinnati, Ohio. On a recent museum visit, I was thrilled to find two gallery walls dominated by her work, not surprising considering the museum has...

February 11, 2020

Guest writer and artist, Julie Petro, shares with us her tips to mastering a limited palette using color scales. 

Limited palettes are a great way to learn and practice many fundamental aspects of painting. Yellow ochre, cadmium red, ivory black and white are known as t...

December 10, 2019

There is something so magical about capturing someone's essence on canvas. I'm fascinated and frustrated in equal measures as I try to learn to be a better portrait artist. I love the energy of painting from life, be it people or landscapes. Several years ago, I came a...