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Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 3

It's time for the new episode of the Dinotopia audio podcast adventure. Just click below or follow this link. Arthur and Will Denison continue their adventures in Dinotopia. Lee Crabb tells them about his sneaky plot, and they follow...Show More Summary

Dina Brodsky

Originally from Balarus, Dina Brodsky moved to the U.S. with her family at an early age. She studied at the University of Massachussets Amherst and New York Academy of Art. In her most recent series, Brodsky revels in the rich textures, subtle colors and muted value changes in abandoned buildings. She infuses these with a […]

LAX, Gate 35

We arrived at LAX an hour and a half before my flight yesterday, so I painted this study of the aircraft at the gate. It's about 5x8 inches in a Pentalic watercolor journal. I used just four colors: white, black, cadmium yellow deep, and ultramarine. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Gussow’s Old Man’s Treasure

Old Man’s Treasure (Das Katzchen), Karl Gussow On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Awwwwww… Gussow was criticized at times for being sentimental. Well, yes, but… look at that wonderfull brushwork, the controlled color, nuanced values and wonderful attention to texture and detail — right […]

Mingiue Helen Chen

Mingiue Helen Chen is a visual development artist, art director and illustrator who has worked in feature animation on titles like Frankenweenie, Wreck-it Ralph, and Big Hero 6. She also worked on the experimental Paperman short, which explored a convergence of GCi and the look of hand drawn animation. Chen’s style ranged from bright and […]

CTN Portrait Sketchbook

At the CTN Animation Expo, I sketched quick portraits of Peter De Seve and Jake Parker. Jake and I did a demo on stage. He drew a robotic dinosaur, while I drew him drawing....while Jeanette sketched me sketching Jake. Left hand is for the noodles. Show More Summary

Book Review: "Graphic LA" by Robh Ruppel

At CTN Animation Expo I bought a copy of Robh Ruppel's new art book Graphic L.A., and want to share it with you. Robh is one of those rare artists whose work spans imaginative and observational painting. He has worked as a designer for video games and films, and has taught at Art Center. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frank Waller’s 14th St Metropolitan Museum Interior

Interior View of the Metropolitan Museum of Art when in Fourteenth Street, Frank Waller In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For six years, from 1873 to 1879, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was based in the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street in Manhattan, while the current building in Central Park was under construction […]

Carlos de Haes

Carlos de Haes was a Spanish landscape painter, born in Belgium to Spanish parents, who studied in both Belgium and Spain. De Has was one of the first Spanish landscape painters to move away from Romanticism toward Realism, and faithfulness to nature. He traveled extensively, taking on subjects both grand and intimate, and was prolific. […]

Cast Shadow in the Foreground

I painted a watercolor demo during a daylong visit to Favilli Studio, a multidisciplinary design group in South Pasadena. I walked down to the Arroyo with a group of designers and chose this view toward the York Avenue Bridge. I wanted to paint the forms—arch bridge, trees, and embankment—as realistically as I could. Show More Summary

Beloved Friends

Here are two gouache portraits I painted while waiting for supper.Our beloved art-teacher friends David Starrett? and Sam Clayberger mentored us 35 years ago when Jeanette and I were were just sketching companions.When we're with old pals like these, the years disappear, and we live in a moment that I wish could last forever.

Eye Candy for Today: Raimundo de Madrazo’s model

Model Making Mischief, Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta On Google Art Project; original is in the Museo CarmenThyssen Málaga, (image file here). The artist paints his model drawing a caricature of him on his sketch of her…

Grayed CMY Experiment

Here's a color experiment that I tried a couple of days ago.I set up for an outdoor gouache painting in Laguna Beach, California. I limited the colors to intense versions of cyan, yellow, and magenta, plus white.I picked the most highly...Show More Summary

Jeffrey Hayes (update 2014)

Jeffrey Hayes is a contemporary still life painter who is very much a student of the still life masters of the past, particularly the great Dutch painters of the 17th century. Hayes explores the use of light, shadow and texture in defining his forms, at times in chiaroscuro, at other times in more muted value […]

Eye Candy for Today: Durand’s Beeches

The Beeches, Asher Brown Durand In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download links under the image on their page. Durand is my favorite of the Hudson River painters, partly because of th einfluence of Constable, and partly because he was more likely than most of the others to paint intimate scenes […]

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is a new museum, scheduled to open in Chicago in 2018, that will house a collection of art owned by film director George Lucas. The collection and the museum are dedicated to art that, like film, is narrative in some way, telling stories whether overtly or by suggestion. This […]

At the Sarasota Chalk Festival

Last weekend at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida, the theme was Extinct and Endangered Animals, and I was honored that two of the artists chose images from Dinotopia to recreate as gigantic street paintings. Jennifer Chaparro, photo by Craig Houdeshell. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Van Dyck’s Samson and Delilah

Samson and Delilah, Anton van Dyck On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Van Dyck’s dramatic tableau shows the influence of Titian, and Van Dyck’s teacher, Rubens.

Thomas W Schaller (update)

From my point of view, there are schools of watercolor painting in which the approach is too loose — with ill defined forms and insufficient attention to edges — and others in which the approach feels too restrained — locked into rigid delineation. Watercolor at its best, I think, is found not only in between […]

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 2

It's Tuesday, time for the new episode of the Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time serial podcast. To listen, click the play button below or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. The adventure continues as Arthur and Will adjust to a world where humans and dinosaurs live as equals. Show More Summary

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