The holiday season is one of gift-giving from the heart. If you love painting and drawing and everything in between, here’s an artist’s wishlist that can inspire your own and give you great ideas for gifts for the creative people in your life.The Artist’s Wishlist Starts with Must-Have KitsDERWENT LIGHTFAST PENCILSAvailable in a range of 36 colors, these pencils are thick, smooth and creamy, with a beautiful dense laydown of rich, vibrant color that stands up to UVA radiation, helping your work remain lightfast for years.
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To encourage a more regular habit, check out this list of prompts to inspire daily sketching.Looking for a way to make some art everyday for a regular boost of creativity? Check out this post by Liz Steel on her tips and tricks for cultivating a daily sketch habit.The Art of Ordinary LifeThis past spring, I embarked on a personal project designed to get me sketching more in the midst of the grind of everyday life.
Sometimes, when creative inspiration dims, it can be hard to stay motivated. We can help!At a time when turning on the news can quickly dampen your spirit, one of the most difficult hurdles right now for many artists is staying motivated. Artist Christine Swann offers these tips to help you overcome inertia, turn off the TV, step over the laundry, and get back to the work you love.
The Network team has made the transition to working from home in order to keep everyone safer against the spread of COVID-19, but we’re still here to support your creativity, provide community, and celebrate the therapeutic power of art.We will be bringing you a variety of content to keep you positive and motivated–from how to make great art at home and breaking through creative blocks, to tips for making time for art every day, roundups of online inspiration destinations, and more.
Stanka Kordic shares how to take risks and push the power of personal interpretation.As an extension to his feature profile on Stanka Kordic written for the June issue of Artists Magazine, John A. Parks shares Kordic’s powerful methods for freeing herself from source imagery to create fiercely original portraits.
Inspired by her love of national parks, artist Suzie Garner shares her top sketchbook tips.In 2015, I developed a course called “100 Ideas for Keeping a Travel Sketchbook” to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here are 10 tried-and-true ideas from that list.Sketchbook Top 101.
Feeling stuck or in a rut? Meet artist Mary Bentz Wilkerson who is a master at motivating art students. Here are some of her tips and creativity exercises for getting recharged.Get some fresh air.This releases chemicals beneficial to humans. It’s one of the best ways to achieve a peak creative state.
Check out these online destinations to keep creativity flowing from your couch while also supporting artists worldwide.For all of us struggling with cabin fever right now there is more than enough to do online to stay entertained. But if you are also looking for virtual ways to add to your art knowledge, connect with other creatives, and support artists who have been impacted by arts venue closures due to COVID-19, this guide is for you!
Art is a mood booster. Back in 2015 when the coloring book craze was taking over, many advertisements touted the trend as a way to meditate and get the creative sections of the brain going. Tapping into that creative mindfulness helps to stabilize emotions. Even though the coloring book trend has declined from the frenzy of before, you can still find stacks of books on shelves everywhere.
Celebrating the Life and Art of Daniel E. GreeneAs a trailblazer of figurative realism and one of the United States’ most accomplished artists, Daniel E. Greene is truly a master of his craft. From the beginning, the artist has vowed to create work distinct from the work of his peers — to make art that is truly original.
For more than 20 years, the annual Splash Watercolor Competition has been celebrating the outstanding work being done in watermedia by contemporary artists from around the globe. The Best of Watercolor presents 124 paintings selected from the 21st Splash Competition, sponsored by BLICK Art Materials.
Southwest Art’s Artistic Excellence competition showcases stunning works to inspire every artist.This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Artistic Excellence Competition sponsored by Southwest Art. As we ramp up to celebrating the reveal of this year’s winners in December 2020, we are showcasing the 2019 winners to shine a spotlight on the incredible work featured year after year.
Watermedia Paintings You’ll LoveSince this year (2018) marks a significant anniversary for Watercolor Artist, what better way to not only celebrate 25 years of publication but also 25 years of remarkable watermedia paintings?From watercolor paintings by famous artists and beloved instructors to works from painters who, at the time of publication, were at the cusp of their careers, here are 25 watermedia paintings from 25 talented artists.
Top watercolor artists share what inspires them during the summer season from signature techniques to favorite products.|Sponsored| Maybe it’s the longer hours of daylight or the comforting warmth of the sun on your skin. No surprise, then, that when we asked artists Keiko Tanabe, Thomas Schaller and Carol Mann to tell us about their artistic lives, watercolor ideas and inspirations in summer, they had so much to say.
10 Art Projects To Fuel Your CreativityPersonal art projects can fuel your creativity. But finding those projects can be tough. Here are 10 projects for adults that can ignite your creativity and sense of fun, and give you direction and accomplishment!When the idea of painting or working in the studio fills you with performance anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed, pull out this list.
So, you’re an artist.CONGRATULATIONS! We love you already!Artists Magazine’s Annual Art Competition is a pretty big deal, and I can probably read your mind. Watch me. You’re probably thinking…why should I care about entering the Annual Art Competition? What chance do I have at winning? How can this help motivate me?
Artistic Excellence Winning Entries from 2017Every year as the judges weigh and ponder each art contest submission that comes in for the Artistic Excellence art competition, we wait with more than a few tingles of anticipation at what the winning artworks will be. And now the wait is over.Here are all the winning art contest submissions and why we love them.
Sandy Allnock, author of Bible Journaling Made Simple and the Bible Journaling Made Simple Creative Workbook, introduced us to bible journaling and how this creative expression of worship can be an enriching and powerfully inspiring. Now Sandy discusses what every artist encounters — the fear of actually embarking on the creative process — with tips on how to overcome your fears as you go!