November 30, 2023

25th Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Celebrates Town’s Art Colony Heritage

Just as the Impressionist painters took their canvases outside to create art in nature, many painters today follow this tradition of working outdoors. Every year, the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational hosts selected artists to partake in a weeklong event that honors the California town's history as an art colony. For the 25th anniversary, over $55,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the winning artists at the Collectors Gala.

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November 6, 2023

Stunning Hyperrealistic Paintings Capture People’s Surreal Connection to Nature

Human figures appear to merge with their surroundings in the paintings of Austin Howlett. The New Mexico-based artist explores people's connection to their environment in surrealist depictions of men and women converging with natural settings. In some of these pieces, portraits are overlayed with the branches of a large tree, and in others, figures appear to become one with the mountains they are perched on.

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October 30, 2023

80+ Painting Ideas That Will Inspire You To Pick Up a Brush Right Now

When it comes to painting, everyone starts out on an even playing field—those that paint well have built their skills over time. Doing so, however, requires patience, and for you to put brush to canvas (or paper) and increase your aptitude stroke by stroke. We’ve seen this happen in a drawing; just a few years of drawing practice can mean the difference between a sketch that’s just okay and one that shows extraordinary talent.

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September 22, 2023

Golden Rings Circle Ethereal Portraits of Goddess-Like Women

Denver-based artist Marissa Napoletano adds a sparkly touch to her paintings of women. After rendering realistic portraits in delicate colors, she frames subjects with rings of gold, giving her artwork an ethereal appearance that looks like it's from a dream. Napoletano's practice includes both oil paintings as well as large-scale murals.

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