Artist Spotlight

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881

How to Paint Like Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By Dan Scott / April 14, 2022 / 56 Comments

“For me … a painting should be something to cherish, joyous and pretty, yes pretty!” Pierre-Auguste Renoir Let’s take a look at how to paint like Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I’ve never been much a fan of Renoir’s work. That was until I saw one of his paintings at the European Masters exhibition. A Young Girl With … Read more

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Ivan Aivazovsky, Ship

Ivan Aivazovsky – “King of the Sea”

By Dan Scott / March 24, 2022 / 56 Comments

When I think of seascape painters, Ivan Aivazovsky is one of the first to come to mind. He was a prolific Russian artist who created thousands of paintings depicting the sea in various forms. Let’s take a closer look at his life and work. I’ll cover: Key Facts and Ideas The Power of Going Deep … Read more

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Claude Monet, Haystack, 1891

Claude Monet – Master of Color and Light

By Dan Scott / September 20, 2021 / 60 Comments

“Monet is just an eye, but God, what an eye.” Paul Cézzane on Claude Monet If you forced me to choose an all-time favorite artist, I would have to go with Claude Monet. Discovering his work led me down an endless rabbit hole of color, light, and the challenge of capturing life’s fleeting effects on … Read more

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Leon Holmes, Choc Caramel Cream

Interview With Award-Winning Australian Artist Leon Holmes

By Dan Scott / June 3, 2021 / 40 Comments

Today we have Australian artist Leon Holmes answering a few questions about his work and life. Holmes does a fantastic job capturing the dynamic Australian landscape. It reminds me of Ken Knight and Sir Arthur Streeton. I particularly like his depictions of cattle and turquoise seas. Leon Holmes, Footprints Q: When did you start painting? … Read more

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Erin Hanson, Aspen Forest, 2020

Interview With “Open Impressionism” Artist Erin Hanson

By Dan Scott / March 8, 2021 / 84 Comments

I wrote about Erin Hanson’s work in a recent email. It was a popular one. She’s a remarkable landscape artist based in California. Her work has a distinct style she calls “Open Impressionism”. I’m pleased to have her answer a few questions about her life, philosophy, and work. Erin Hanson, Tahoe Dawn, 2018 Q: I … Read more

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Frans Hals, Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart, 1623

Frans Hals: Golden Age Master Painter

By Dan Scott / December 16, 2020 / 1 Comment

One of the great painters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting, Frans Hals was known for his group and individual portraits, but more particularly, for a uniquely individual style that incorporated obvious brush-strokes, and realistic facial expressions to bring life and character to his subjects. Frans Hals, Young Man and Woman in an Inn, … Read more

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Konstantin Korovin, Self Portrait, 1938

Konstantin Korovin: The First Russian Impressionist

By Dan Scott / December 5, 2020 / 1 Comment

Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939) was a notable Russian artist of the impressionist, art nouveau and realism periods, and a prominent theatre designer and writer. Konstantin Korovin, Yaroslavna’s Lament, 1909 Key Details Birth: Date: 5 December 1861, Place: Moscow Death: Age: 77, Date: 11 September 1939, Place: Paris, France Education: Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture … Read more

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The Garden of Love, by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens: Key Facts, Paintings, and Style

By Dan Scott / December 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish artist known for his dramatic Baroque style. Rubens, Self-portrait, 1628 Key Details Birth: Date: 28 June 1577 Place: Siegen, Germany Death: Age: 62 Date: 13 May 1640, Place: Antwerp, Belgium Education: Classically educated, and apprenticed to art teachers. Medium: Oil Style: Baroque Peter Paul Rubens, Nicolas Rubens … Read more

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Marie Bashkirtseff, At a Book, 1882, 700W

Marie Bashkirtseff – Stunning Realism, Muted Colors, and Wise Words

By Dan Scott / November 9, 2020 / 152 Comments

“I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!” Marie Bashkirtseff A while ago I wrote about Marie Bashkirtseff’s The Umbrella. It turned out to be one of my most popular posts. Let’s take a look at some of her other work and life as an artist. Key Facts and Ideas Diary of a … Read more

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Dan Knepper, Serenity

Interview With Professional Artist Dan Knepper

By Dan Scott / October 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

Artist Dan Knepper reached out some time ago offering to share his thoughts on art. He’s a professional artist and skilled landscape painter. Dan Knepper, Daydreaming Q: Did you have any formal training in art? Or are you mostly self-taught? I’ll apologize in advance for the long answer. I was a glassblower in college and … Read more

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