Figures and Faces
Mario Robinson's Step-by-Step Portrait
Making an Old Pastel New Again
Best Practices for Viewing Photos
An Evaluation Checklist
Portraits From the Heart
By Anne Hevener
Our collection of portraiture and figural paintings demonstrates how four acclaimed pastel artists Ellen Eagle, Sydney McGinley, Sam Goodsell and Alain Picardimbue their work with character, mood and emotional richness.
By Christine Proskow
New Mexico artist Margi Lucena's gentle landscapes capture the alluring beauty unique to every season in the high desert of America's southwest.
By Deborah Secor
Barbara Benedetti Newton looks to reworking not so much as a last resort for a painting but as an opportunity to open the door to new discoveries.
Power of the People
By Michael Chesley Johnson
There's a stumbled-upon feeling in Ray Hassard's streetscapes and interiors and a dramatic element that derives from his caught-in-the-moment figural players.
Demo: Setting the Tone
By Mario Robinson
Follow along as the artist reveals, step by step, his working processes for handling values, skin tones, background integration and other complexities specific to painting a human subject.
By Jessica Canterbury
An artist's reading list for fall, new pastel set, Creative Spark and more
By Maggie Price
Artists have different approaches when it comes to viewing photographic references in the studio. Here, three artists share their own best practices.
By Richard McKinley
Sometimes the toughest part of painting is knowing when to stop. Use this evaluation checklist as you pause to reflect on your progress.
By Tamera Lenz Muente
Odilon Redon's embracing of pastels introduced eye-catching color to his distinctive, dreamlike imagery.
State of the Art
By Mary Ann Davis
Take an artistic tour of America's heartland state of Indianafrom the capital city to the rolling countryside and farmland.