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Amazing Progress

I was really touched and impressed by a letter I received a couple days ago from blog reader Edward Morris, who was kind enough to allow me to share it with you. He says: Edward Morris, before and after "I discovered you a few years ago while reading an article in an art magazine about the color of the sky that you penned. Show More Summary

Traps on the Coal Cabin

Yesterday we went out to visit John Finley's cattle ranch, a half hour drive down a remote dirt road on the east fork of the the Wind River here in Wyoming.John is a working cowboy and a scrimshandler whose grandfather established the farm over a hundred years ago, not far from Butch Cassidy's spread. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Shishkin’s Mast Grove

The Mast-tree Grove, Ivan Shishkin One of my favorites by the great Russian landscape painter, “Mast-tree Grove”, means a stand of trees suitable for making the masts of large sailing ships. I have to stand back in awe at the way he has handled a subject that could be reduced to sameness in the hands […]

School Bus

Yesterday the high school in Dubois, Wyoming sent a group of their art students out to join us on a ranch to learn plein-air painting. They were mentored by the scholarship students attending the SKB Foundation Workshop here. Most people were painting old wagons or log cabins or picturesque bends in the stream, but I decided to paint the school bus. Show More Summary

“Solstice”: solo exhibition of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary Soho

“Solstice” is the title of a solo exhibition of the work of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary, Soho, that runs from today to October 3, 2014. There is a book signing at the gallery on Saturday, September 20th at noon, at which Wiesenfeld will be signing copies of his new book, The Well (more here). […]

Yulia Brodskaya

Illustrator and gallery artist Yulia Brodskaya uses colored paper — cut and bent into strips and carefully arranged in linear, textural patterns — to create her images. This is a traditional technique called quilling. Brodskaya’s website has galleries of both her illustration and gallery art, though unfortunately reproduced in small images; which is odd, as […]

Constructing with the Brush

Here's a little sketchbook study I did yesterday at the CM Ranch in Wyoming. It's about 5x8 inches, painted in casein. This detail is about the size of a credit card. I knew when I started that the horses would be moving around. None of them were going to pose for me. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rusiñol bridge

Bridge over a River, Santiago Rusiñol On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona. Beautifully direct painterly realism by the Catalonian painter. See my post on Santiago Rusiñol.

“Women Painting Women” at Principle Gallery, Charleston

“Women Painting Women” is a collaborative project, founded by Sadie Valeri, Alia El Bermani and Diane Feissel, that’s been represented by a blog since 2009, and showcased as an annual exhibition at the Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC for the past five years. The title is perfectly descriptive, and the list of highly skilled participating […]

Painting a Saddle in Watercolor

Yesterday I did a watercolor demo of a Western-style saddle at the SKB Foundation workshop here in Wyoming. (Direct link to YouTube video) Here are two stages in the hour-long painting. On the left is the painting halfway finished, with...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Tanner’s Seine

The Seine, Henry Ossawa Tanner Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, zoomable version here; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Though not the subject matter for which he is best known, brilliant American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, who spent most of his later career in France, painted a number of beautifully atmospheric […]

Sally Tharp (update)

Since I last wrote about Sally Tharp four years ago, she has expanded her variety of approach and subject matter, added more work to her online portfolio, and is now represented by the Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Her primary source of inspiration and fascination, however, remains with the way light cascades, reflects and refracts […]

John Seerey-Lester

Portrait sketch of Sir John Seerey-Lester, fellow instructor at the SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming.

How to Sharpen a Pencil for Drawing – Karl Gnass

At first I though this would be superficial, and though it does go through the basics we all think we know from art school, I’ve been sharpening artist pencils for more years than I can count, and I learned a few things. Karl Gnass transitioned from a career as concept and storyboard artist into teaching […]

Video of the antique boiler

Here's a short behind the scenes look at the gouache painting of the antique steam boiler at Fairplay, Colorado. (Direct link to video)

Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Work Interrupted

Work Interrupted, William-Adolphe Bouguereau Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. Beautifully controlled values and subtle, reserved color in this fanciful depiction of a young woman distracted from her work of winding balls of wool by thoughts of romance, in the person of Cupid, who delicately dabs her ear […]

Gobelins graduating student animations 2014

Each year for the past 9 years, I’ve been highlighting the annual series of student short animations from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris, that are used as introductions for the daily events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in the spring. I’ve been lax, however, in pointing out the […]

Rolling Studio

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) devised an itinerant artists' wagon in 1852. He wrote: "A Design for an Artist waggon to sketch and paint in.""During windy and rainy weather, no time is lost on account of the hot or cold air. This vehicle with glass windows can by drawn by hand, or behind a waggon if the painter should not wish to keep a horse. Show More Summary

Charles Muench

Nevada painter Charles Muench primarily paints landscape and figures, sometimes combining the two in paintings of figures or portraits in the landscape. Some of these take on the subject of nude figures wading in the shallow water of streams, in obvious admiration for the work of Swedish master Anders Zorn. Muench also shows his respect […]

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