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As we get ready for the release of Michael Holter's upcoming video demonstration 7 Step Watercolor Landscapes, we are going to dive into a topic near and dear to him...

Faces. If a painting or a drawing has a human figure, your eyes travel to the face first. As humans, we can't help but be drawn to faces. This week...

Birds bring songs into our lives and swoops of color to our paintings. Let's draw some birds! (See video at the bottom of the page.) If you’d like to learn...

Baltimore artist Stewart White began his studies at the Pratt Institute, but after serving 3 years in the US Army, he returned to graduate from UC Berkeley with a BFA....

 This week we’re thinking about abstraction, and the natural world is a great source of abstract subject matter. (Video slide show at very bottom of the post.)And before you think,...

 Pittsburgh artist Eileen Sudzina started painting when she was 12 on canvas and traditional paper. Sudzina has always been drawn to pattern and as an adult had art instructors try...

Fall is a great time for painting and drawing. We'll begin adding workshops here from our artists as we get them. And let us know if you've taken a live workshop...

Michael Holter is a Texas watercolor artist. Sign up to be notified of his first video with Creative Catalyst Productions, here. Watercolorist Michael Holter was not a child who grew...

Tim Oliver graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors degree in landscape architecture. He’d go on to work as a Landscape Architect and owns his own design/build landscape firm...

We are thrilled to announce the newest artist to the Creative Catalyst Productions family: Michael Holter.      Michael filmed two demonstration videos with us, one landscape and one portrait. His landscape workshop...

Ohio artist Rick Surowicz left art for many years but in 2016, he came back in force. He started his now well known Youtube channel in 2017 and in 2018...

Crystal & glass have been a favorite still life subject for artists for century. Open up your cupboards, sort through storage or visit your local antique shop and you’re bound...

Denise Howard grew up on a farm in rural Missouri surrounded by animals and nature. As soon as she could hold a pencil she started drawing everything, and her world...

Marble with its lovely reflections make a great painting and drawing subject. This week as we focus on the workshops of Soon Y Warren, we couldn’t think of a more...

Flower painters always speak of chasing the light for it’s the light that truly makes a subject glow. Translucent petals and leaves make flowers especially prone to this type of...

Annette Mitchell is Professor Emerita of Art at Plymouth State University and the inventor and principal teacher of the foam plate printing technique. She continues to teach in PSU's College...

Cities are a wonderful mixture of people, cars and buildings. Each element helps build a dynamic drawing or painting.    In one Michael Holter's demos in his upcoming workshop 7...

Streams bring serenity or energy to any natural place and any painting. Whether it’s a bubbling brook or a roaring river just after snow melt, water has as many characteristics...

 Ann Pember earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1968 and worked as a free-lance commercial artist for 12 years. She has been painting in...

How do I learn to paint the figure? Excellent question. This week, we’re looking at video workshops that take on the figure and we know that drawing is always a...

Lea Colie Wight earned her BFA fro the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in the early 1970s. But thirty years later she discovered and enrolled in Studio Incamminati, an...

Learning to paint well takes dedication. Watching the Creative Catalyst artists, there is no question that they’ve put in the hours to become masters of their craft. Their skill is...

René Eisenbart - Marbling Magic (in the CCP shop) - has been making art all her life. What started as a childhood love has developed into a multi-faceted career, including...

Watercolorist Karen Heidler has always loved to draw. She majored in fine art and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. In 2002, she began her focus in watercolor after...

Enter to Win a Lynn Powers Print Lynn Powers has two great watercolor workshops (here and here.) Now you can take home your very own Lynn Powers fine art print...

by  Annie O’Brien GonzalesSanta Fe, New MexicoThere are many skills that must be mastered when learning to paint and use of color is at the top of the list. Learning...

Each painting represents not only a series of ideas to an artist but also a particular moment in time. This week we had the privilege of interviewing abstract artist Karen...

Like many artists, Karen Knutson started painted representational watercolor before realizing she needed a change. She made the jump to abstraction and never looked back. Today her focus is less...

Fascinated with drawing as a child, Lane Hall has always pursued art. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts he went on to explore graphite, oil, and water media. His...

Trees are an important part of many landscape paintings. If you're learning to paint landscapes, make sure to add trees to your practice list.     In this edition of...

Artist Debora Stewart worked realistically most of her life but then she became frustrated and stuck in her art. She realized that much of the work she was attracted to...

Be a traveler-not a tourist.This is an important mantra for watercolorist Ratindra Das. If you know Das’ work, paintings filled with rich color and bold design, you’re probably not surprised.It’s...

Watercolor and oil painter Michael Holter - and about to release his first video demonstration from Creative Catalyst! - has had a lot of jobs including owning two galleries, teaching...

by Sterling Edwards   You're not alone. One of the most difficult decisions that I face when I'm in the studio is deciding what I want to paint. Let's face...

Watercolorist Frederick C. Graff’s career has spanned both sides of the teacher/student world. Having graduated from the Miami University, Graff went on to study with the late Franklin A. Bates...

Painting is fun. That’s hopefully a big part of why you’re doing it. However, it can be especially frustrating to put in all that time (because it sure does take...

Watercolorist Debra Edgerton has always been drawn to the possibilities of watercolor. Painting as a child, she went to school for art and her focus as a painter began to...

“Every strong painting begins as a strong design,” says Salminen in his workshop A Designed Approach to Abstraction. “Even my very realistic urban street scenes are conceived as designs initially...

When oil painter Caroline Jasper prepares to paint a water scene, she doesn’t go immediately to gessoed canvas. For her, it’s about preparation. “It’s important to not be making this...

After studying at the American Academy of Art, Kathleen Newman began an illustration and design business, Queen of Arts Studios, Inc. After the arrival of her children, she began painting...

When watercolorist Alexis Lavine sent in her images for her interview, she also shared the stories behind some of her paintings. They were too good not to share with you....

All of us dream of long uninterrupted painting days. A large sheet of 300lb paper saturated and ready to take the paint. But who are we kidding?! Life! Between visiting...

Alexis Lavine has been painting for two decades. She finds inspiration for her luminous watercolors in her summer home of central North Carolina and her winter home in the Virgin...

Mark Mehaffey was walking through a Shanghai market in 2010. The watermedia artist was surrounded by hundreds of food stalls with thousands of people selling and shopping in the world’s...

Watercolorist Paul Jackson failed high school class and yet earned his membership into the American Watercolor society at just 30-years-old. His passion for painting has taken him around the world...

If you are a watercolor or acrylic painter, you’ve probably stumbled across the glorious possibilities of paint drips and runs. Lovely texture that highlights the water of watermedia. However, paint...

For artist Laurin McCracken, the beauty is in the details. Influenced by the Dutch and Flemish Still Life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, McCracken brings an incredibly high...

Have you ever walked by a painting and had the color seem to jump from the wall? Some artists are known for paintings that seem to bounce. Carl Dalio is...