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Anna Mason

Anna Mason is an English botanical illustrator and watercolor artist. She often works at a relatively large scale, and her paintings have an appealing blend of detail, texture and color. Mason is self-taught, and only 18 months after beginning botanical painting, won a Royal Horticulture Society medal for botanical arts for a sequence of 20 […]

See You in Miami?

Read my Morandi report here This will be my tenth year at the Miami fairs. I'll take a lot of pictures, and I expect to post some reports here on the blog once I return. In the meantime, here's a summary of what I'm planning to cramShow More Summary

Golden Age of Illustration, Volume 3

The Illustrated Press has released the third of its limited edition surveys of classic American Illustration, called "The Golden Age: Masterworks from the Golden Age of Illustration — Vol. 3" The large format hardcover book is purely pictorial, with 224 pages of full-page artwork. Show More Summary

Developing the Painting Style of The Dam Keeper

I somehow missed this mini-doc when it came out. (Link to YouTube) Directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi describe how they worked with a group of young painters to evolve the style for their 2D-computer-animated short "The Dam Keeper."

Rainy Grocery

I did this quick sketch from the car yesterday while Jeanette was in the market. It's 3 x 3 inches in gouache. The colors are: titanium white, cadmium yellow light, burnt sienna, and Prussian blue in a watercolor sketchbook. I wrote a five-word story to go with it. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Holbein’s portrait of Thomas More

Portrait of Sir Thomas More (painting); Sir Thomas More (drawing), Hans Holbein the Younger Links are to zoomable versions on the Google Art Project. The painting is in the Frick Collection, which also has a zoomable version, downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons; the drawing is in the Royal Collection Trust, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. […]

John Rogers, Sculptor for the People

John Rogers was a late 19th century sculptor who was as well known and beloved in his day as was Norman Rockwell in his. He sculpted table-top sized figural groupings based on literature or the Civil War. He then had a team reproduce them in plaster. Show More Summary

Vilhelm Hammershøi

If I were to look up “muted palette” in my mental art dictionary, the definition would be a painting by Vilhelm Hammershøi. The Danish painter, active in the late 19th end early 20th centuries, was noted for his enigmatic, poetic interiors — sometimes empty, but frequently occupied by a lone figure. This figure was often […]

Giorgio Morandi, “Peculiar Realist”

Detail of Autoritratto (Self Portrait), 1930, oil on canvas This is the last of the very few self portraits Morandi painted There are several ways I could begin this report. The first would be to tell you that when you walk off the elevator...Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 2

Today we'll take a look at the second half of Harold Speed's chapter on Modern Art from his 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: J.C. Leyendecker Pilgrim and Football Player illustration

Pilgrim and Football Player, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1928, J. C. Leyendecker This is on the website of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The page has fascinating information both about the origins of the association of American Football with the holiday of Thanksgiving, and about […]

SCAD Atlanta makes Scroobius Pips

On this Thanksgiving day, I'd like to give thanks to all the dedicated teachers out there who give their time to inspiring students in art schools. One of those teachers is SCAD Atlanta instructor Rick Lovell. On his blog, he says:"Two classes worked on the Scroobious Pip project this fall quarter. Show More Summary

Lost Property

Lost Property is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 mins) — written, directed and with art by Åsa Lucande. [Via Katherine Trendacosta on io9)  

Warm vs. Cold

With the thermometer dropping, it's getting a little chilly to paint outdoors. In this little 4x4 inch gouache study I was thinking about warm vs. cold in terms of color temperature, too. The fading warm sunlight only partially melts into the icebergs of the buildings. Show More Summary

Patrick O’Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe is an illustrator, visual development and concept artist working in games, tv and print. He is also a muralist for community projects. O’keefe has a nicely crisp, fresh style of digital painting, with lots of texture and atmosphere. I like in particular his space themed concepts, in which he carries forward mid-20th century […]

Karl Friedrich Lessing

Karl Friedrich Lessing was a 19th century German painter who specialized in landscape and history painting. In his landscapes, Lessing was influenced by the Romantic landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, and Lessing himself became an influential teacher and painter, one of the primary figures in the Dusseldorf school of landscape painting. Lessing reveled in the […]

Portrait of a Theorbo Player

It's not every day that you get to paint a theorbo, which is sort of a lute on steroids. When I heard that theorbo specialist Simon Martyn-Ellis would be playing in Poughkeepsie, I made sure to get a seat in the front row. I used watercolor pencils to outline the shapes. Show More Summary

Renaissance Recorder / The Third Panel

My wife Jeanette joined a Renaissance band. She got her old recorders out of a closet and is putting new corks in the joints.For me, that will mean the chance to paint the musicians when they practice. This one is in gouache.Thirty five...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: William Henry Hunt ink and watercolor interior

Interior of Bushey Church, William Henry Hunt Pen and brown ink and watercolor, roughly 17×13 in. (42x33cm) The link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; the original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. The NGA has downloadable files, though you need a free account to access the largest one. This […]

Transparents and Opaques in Mixtures

The folks at Vasari put together this video showing what happens to cadmium yellow lemon (opaque) and Indian yellow (transparent) when you mix them with reds and whites. The factor of transparency greatly affects the value and chroma...Show More Summary

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