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Henri Martin

After working for a time in a more traditional style, and through a period in which he experimented with Symboism, French painter Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin eventually settled on a style that is generally considered Divisionism, an offshoot of French Impressionism associated with Pointillism. Show More Summary

Grinnell Light

I painted a mysterious light on Grinnell Street yesterday. I drew in the lines on a page primed with blue and orange. With a big flat brush and gouache I started establishing the houses. I painted out the truck and put in the trees. I added the street pole and the porch. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: etching after Burne-Jones

The Cumaean Sibyl, etching and drypoint by Charles-Albert Waltner from a drawing by Edward Burne-Jones. An example of an etching designed by one artist and executed by another, as was common practice in the 19th century. Original is in the Metropolitan Museum of art. Image size is roughly 17×7 inches (44x17cm).

Vladimir Gvozdeff

Vladimir Gvozdeff is an artist from (if I’m not mistaken) Solvenia, who works in both two and three dimensional media, often combining them in the same work. On his website, I found two series of particular interest. One is of mechanisms — clockwork animals drawn out as plans in various stages of finish. These are […]

Eugène Burnand's World War I Portraits

Ben Cassam Between 1917 and 1920, Swiss artist Eugène Burnand (1850-1921) drew over a hundred portraits of the various allies in World War I. Serraghi Cherrif He drew them with Wolff pencils. The color was added with Hardtmuth hard pastels. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Fanny Brate interior

A Day of Celebration, Fanny Brate Original is in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Grunewald’s The Resurrection, from the Isenheim Altarpiece

This painting, from the Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald, is one of the most striking depictions of the Resurrection in the history of art. I don’t think I can describe it better than I did in my post on Matthias Grünewald from 2006. The original is in the Musée Unterlinden, but the best reproductions I’ve […]

Images of the Resurrection

William-Adolphe Bouguereau The Three Marys at the Tomb, 1876 Eugenè Burnand, The Disciples Running to the Sepulchre, 1898. Happy Easter, everyone.Images from Herman Toit, BYU

Bruce Crane

American painter Robert Bruce Crane became associated with the American Impressionists of the Old Lyme Art Colony in Connecticut. In his later career, he developed into a Tonalist — diffusing his scenes of fall and winter landscapes into misty passages of light and color.

Jan van Eyck’s The Last Judgement

This is the companion piece to Van Eyck’s Crucifixion, which I featured yesterday. Though the Crucifixion panel is a strong and impressive painting — particularly given the small size of the panels of this diptych, each of which is only 22×7? (56x20cm) — this panel of the last judgement is just astonishing. I can’t say […]

Snakes in the Art Class

Patrick O'Brien invited live snakes, iguanas, and hissing cockroaches into his classroom at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). His digital students sketched them from life, gathering inspiration for an assignment to create a poster for the reptile house at the zoo. Show More Summary

A. J. Casson

Alfred Joseph Casson was a member of the Group of Seven — likeminded Canadian landscape painters active in the early part of the 20th century. Casson worked in watercolor, oil and printmaking, capturing in his landscapes both the nature of the land, and his own fascinating vision — in which the shapes of trees, rocks […]

Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion

This painting by the 15th century Netherlandish master, assisted by members of his workshop, is part of a remarkable set of two panels (thought to be originally a triptych, of which the third panel is missing). Each panel is only 22 by 7 inches (56x20cm). The other panel depicts the Last Judgement (more on that […]

Focus on Nature XIII Exhibition

Yesterday we attended the preview opening of Focus on Nature XIII, the exhibition of natural science artwork at the New York State Museum in Albany. The show presents 91 illustrations by 71 illustrators, hailing from 15 different countries. Show More Summary

Skan Srisuwan

Singapore based illustrator and concept artist Skan Srisuwan has, in many of his pieces, a fascinating way building up waves of objects, mostly machine-like, that roil through the compositions like flowing, cubist shards of metal or plastic. In Srisuwan’s digital paintings, it looks at though he has divided up his space into forms, then divided […]

Dennis Nolan and the Hartford Art School

Yesterday I visited the Hartford Art School in Connecticut, part of the University of Hartford, to give a lecture about picture making and world building. After the talk, a group of about 50 students invited me to do a watercolor demo. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Delft

View of Delft, Johannes Vermeer On Wikipedia, original is in the Mauritshuis. Sometimes overlooked among the enigmatic Dutch master’s oeuvre of striking paintings are Vermeer’s three known landscapes (or more properly, cityscapes), only two of which are existing: The Little Street and View of Delft. Aside from the simple fact that View of Delft a […]

Zen Pencils (Gavin Aung Than)

Zen Pencils is an online comics feature by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than, in which he interprets inspirational writings, sayings and quotes from various sources in the form of comics. The main page of the site is arranged as a blog, and the strips are intermixed with supplementary commentary and other material. New readers may want […]

Street scene with a cool underpainting

Warm air from the south has arrived in the Hudson Valley. The last remnants of winter have nearly vanished, except for one small pile of snow at the end of my neighbor's driveway. I'm thinking about fire devouring ice when I start this street scene. Show More Summary

Still more “not the usual Van Goghs”

Most of these can be found on WikiPaintings. See my previous posts on the subject, below.

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