UTAH'S ART MAGAZINE SINCE 2001
Published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Look for our monthly edition at the beginning of each month. We follow that up with a variety of "Daily Bytes" on this site. You'll find links to artistsofutah's other programming to the right.
Hints ‘n’ Tips
Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Remembering the Basic Five: How to Avoid the Cartoon Look in Your Paintings

Today’s column is on a subject that I encountered years ago and was recently reminded of — avoiding the cartoon look in a painting. This may seem like a weird thing to write about, but it is a look I happened upon once or twice out in the field as a young painter, and I...

... read more
Starting Out In Charcoal: Preparing for Paintings in Black and White

Starting Out In Charcoal: Preparing for Paintings in Black and White

One really effective way to begin planning your next studio painting is to do several thumbnail sketches until you hit on something you like. After that, you might forgo heading directly into oil paint and do some pre-planning in the medium of soft vine charcoal. The reason for this is because soft vine charcoal is...

... read more
The Modern Western Landscape: Mark Knudsen and Leslie Thomas at Phillips

The Modern Western Landscape: Mark Knudsen and Leslie Thomas at Phillips

“You two just keep getting better,” Denis Phillips observed Wednesday afternoon at a walkthrough of the terrific new show by Mark Knudsen and Leslie Thomas. And he’s an artist who doesn’t hand out compliments readily. The public seems to agree: five paintings have sold already including a 24”x 84” canvas by Knudsen, and two of...

... read more
That Certain Something: Finding a Suitable Subject and Deciding How to Paint It

That Certain Something: Finding a Suitable Subject and Deciding How to Paint It

Scene selection can be a huge advantage or a stumbling block to the advancement of a plein air painter’s work. Often, the problem with a painting is not that an artist can’t paint well enough, but that the choice of subject matter lacks that certain something that will lend itself to a good painting. To...

... read more
Seeing With a Wheel: Using a Value Scale

Seeing With a Wheel: Using a Value Scale

Using a value scale to assist your efforts when painting out in nature can be useful, especially when there is a lot of glare, like in snow painting, beach scenes, or just regular sunny days. The need arises when you have a value that you are trying to reproduce from nature and at the same...

... read more
When Less Is More

When Less Is More

Professional film producers from California, across the country and around the world should take note the next time they have the opportunity to shoot their project outside of Hollywood. Utah doesn’t just offer a variety of interesting and beautiful locations, competitive financial incentives and tax breaks to visiting productions, there’s also a wealth of talent...

... read more
Appreciating the Dirty Arts

Appreciating the Dirty Arts

Hints ‘n’ Tips Appreciating the Dirty Arts What will the coming generation of collectors want? by John Hughes Remember the old problem many of us pondered in elementary school science class? The question went something like this: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to witness the event, is there...

... read more
The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

The Elusive Point X: Where Creativity and Craft Meet

Somewhere along the continuum of creativity and craftsmanship there is a point where the two intersect harmoniously and unpretentiously in a natural rhythm that is difficult to achieve. Point X can’t be forced and yet, can only be reached through a bravado of execution that requires courage to fail as well as to succeed. The...

... read more
Art Year Resolutions

Art Year Resolutions

As a planner and goal-setter in all aspects of my life, including art creation and marketing, I’m afraid I may overdo it. I fear that too much planning and scheduling may leave one blind to those serendipitous opportunities that could enhance creativity, not to mention joy of living. But without a vision and goals for...

... read more
Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

Centennial Valley & Getting the Most Out of Artist Workshops

During the Centennial Valley Arts Celebration, an event co-sponsored by 15 Bytes, a number of Utah artists braved an early winter storm to explore southern Montana’s Centennial Valley. Our regular Hints & Tips columnist John Hughes was on-hand as a workshop instructor, providing artists who have read his column for years the opportunity to try...

... read more
John Hughes's Summer Excursions

John Hughes’s Summer Excursions

From staying in a cozy room in bucolic Spring City, to backpacking in the Tetons, plein air painter John Hughes tells us what he did on his summer vacation.

... read more
Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

Learning to Draw: 9 Principles You Must Know

 Occasionally someone will say to me, “I can’t draw a stick figure.” The intended meaning is that they have no artistic talent. This may be true or not, but the real reason is most likely they don’t have the desire to learn or have not been instructed properly. The principles of linear drawing can all...

... read more