The Ninth in an Artist Daily Exclusive Series:Masters of American Watercolor How did you become interested in watercolor?I have worked all of my life with watercolor, preferring the freedom and unexpectedness of it to other media, even though I do also use oils, acrylic, and casein.Who were the watercolor artists who inspired you most?
Category The Artist Life
Art has the ability to inspire and unite the masses. For many, art may just be something pretty to ponder; for others, it offers an outlet or a way to express one’s feelings, beliefs and passions; and, for those of you like myself, art sparks a fire within to change the world—even if we only change the world of one person.
With Donald Trump as a Painter the World Would Be a Better PlaceWhat if in the new Culture Wars, President Donald Trump let his artistic side hang out? After all, he loves a bit of appropriation, what with all the hype surrounding the Time magazine cover…er, the not Time magazine cover. Why not spread that love in a painter’s direction?
I think the affinity that I have for art is definitely inborn. But not all of us are gifted with an innate artistic sense, and I don’t think talent cancels out the equally important willingness and desire to steep yourself in and truly perfect your craft.Some artists have egos and some even have enough talent for them to believe their work is heaven-sent—a panacea that can change the world.
Gallery Paintings of Roosters by ChagallMarc Chagall (1887-1985) was a preeminent modernist and created artworks throughout Russia and Europe, and eventually in the United States. Historically renowned as a maker of gallery paintings, Chagall was also a daub hand at stained glass and produced several pieces in cathedrals and a commemorative piece for the United Nations collection.
The Presidential Election the ArtsThe 2016 presidential election is just around the corner and it is a big decision for all Americans. Each of us, I know, evaluates the candidates with a different measuring stick. We want to know we cast our ballots for someone we can trust and whom has our best interests at heart.
Val Kilmer is more than you’d expect. He isn’t just an actor. He has a passion for art. A new art show featuring Val Kilmer’s work opened at the Woodward Gallery in NYC. The show, titled VALHOLLA, references his Norse ancestry. The name has a sly spelling change, but is still a clearly recognizable reference to Valhalla, the hall of dead Viking warriors.
Political Art of Hillary and TrumpPolitics—and presidential elections, especially—have always provided rich fodder for the arts. There are political cartoons, caricatures, and street art that can shape the conversation—at the very least the visual one—that is happening around the candidates, their policies, and how the public views them.
Painting Small Is a State of MindI posted some outdoor watercolor painting sketches of my Finland trip in the Artist Daily Member Gallery. One of the comments I received was from Harry R. Gray, in which he wrote:“Giving watercolor its full respect, I would refer to your work not as sketches but ‘paintings.
What makes an artist an artist? Certainly, we are unique individuals with our own creative impulses and drives, but we do have so much in common. So step away from the canvas, put the paintbrush down, and see how many of these “signs” apply to you! It’s a fun list sent to me from pictureframes.com, and I chuckled out loud over a few of them, so I thought I’d share them with you.
The holidays are always a special time, but we are here to make them extra special for artists with the Network Annual Holiday Sweepstakes! Its 17 days of prizes from the leading providers of art supplies and services, and all you do is enter the sweepstakes on the day your favorite prize is being rewarded!
Amy Mann converted the living room in her Virginia homeinto a studio with generous shelving for her still life props.I remember the first time an artist invited me into his studio. It was truly a reflection of his personality and experiences—full of memorabilia from his travels in and around his childhood hometown in the Deep South, and neat as a pin, just like him.
David Leffel and Jeremy Lipking painting the same model at the same time at 2009 Weekend with the MastersI saw a very interesting post on our site this week about what makes art original, or possibly what defines a piece as original art versus not original. It could just be semantics, who is to define what original in the art world is?
I recently assisted my granddaughter, Amanda, as she painted with water-soluble tempera colors in our backyard. Like most four-year-olds, she loves to draw and paint, and although her drawings have become increasingly controlled pictures of herself, her parents, five pets, and her home, the paintings are still joyous explorations of color.
Dear American Artist Reader,American Artist will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012!In celebration of that important milestone, we are rolling out a new design for the magazine. The logo was drawn by the calligrapher Irving Bogen, who described it as American as apple pie; we especially like his calligraphic and artistic touch—the swash of the S.
1. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.2. EligibilityOpen to U.S. Employees of Interweave Press, LLC or any of its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, or any other company or individual involved with the design, production execution or distribution of the Promotion and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year) of each such employee are not eligible.
I grew up watching Bob Ross teach the world how to paint. So now that this beloved artist is making such a well-deserved comeback, I couldn’t be more thrilled.In case you, or your loved ones, love this iconic artist as much as we do, here’s a list of Bob Ross-inspired gift ideas perfect for the holiday season.
On the Cover: Dianne Bernhard in her National ArtsClub studio.Photo: Nathan KraxbergerDomestic ConversionsA Studio Worthy of RockwellFEATURESStudio Vignettesby M. Stephen DohertyStep inside these private studios, and see how the artists organize and furnish their creative work environments.Russell and Cynthia Gordon: Sharing Space With a Spouse, Family, and PetsStacey Peterson: Setting the Right MoodWill Wilson: Enough Space for Work, Storage, and RelaxationWoodstock: Historic Studios in an Artists’ CommunityDianne B.
Artful Costume IdeasBecause Halloween is only a few weeks away, we wanted to scroll through Instagram in search of the perfect art-inspired costume. As our luck would have it, there were plenty of artful getups to choose from!Below is a list of some of our favorite Halloween costumes shared via Instagram, perfect for artists and art appreciators alike.
Pros, Cons and Selfie Points of Etiquette (As In When to Use a Selfie Stick)Selfies are everywhere. People take them in the car, on the street, in the bathroom mirror; at home, at work and especially on vacation.But do these homages to self belong in the art museum? What are the pros to allowing selfies alongside art?
There is an otherworldly magic in a moonlit scene. We love to paint at night under the moons steady, cool glow. Perhaps the best known modern painter of moonlight in American art was Frank Tenney Johnson, 1874 – 1939. These paintings were so successful that it was not long before he was also illustrating book covers for western novels, notably the Zane Grey books.