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Using Gouache and Casein to Paint a Wolf

Over on Instagram, Suzypal asks, "How do you decide between casein or gouache?" Answer: You can use both together and use the advantages of each. They're both similar in a lot of ways: opaque, matte, water media. The main difference is that casein dries to a more closed surface, meaning the dry paint doesn't reactivate when it's wet. Show More Summary

Painting a Pronghorn in Gouache

Yesterday I painted a pronghorn in gouache for the one-hour Quick Draw event at the SKB Workshop.If you receive my blog as an email, you may need to follow this link to watch the video on YouTube because the email version doesn't support embedded videos. Show More Summary

Hiroo Isono

Hiroo (Hir?) Isono was a Japanese painter and illustrator, known for his intricate and fantastical scenes of tropical jungles and animals. He traveled extensively in the South Pacific, Africa and North America. He is known in gaming circles for his work on the Mana series of games, including Secret of Mana and Heroes of Mana. […]

Eye Candy for Today: Clausell’s Burgeoning Springs in Autumn

Burgeoning Springs in Autumn, Joaquin Clausell Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museo Nacional de Arte. Joaquin Clausell was a Mexican artist who lived and worked in Paris during the time the French Impressionists were active. In this early Autumn scene, he shows […]

Bryan Mark Taylor

Bryan Mark Taylor is a plein air painter based in California who focuses on cityscape and landscape. Taylor travels extensively and many of his subjects are from Europe as well as other locations in the U.S. His crisp, textural treatment of architectural and natural elements often takes on a sculptural feeling, with shadows and interlocking […]

Dustin Van Wechel

I have to say that I am not often drawn to contemporary wildlife art. I find that too often artists will allow the inherent assumed appeal of the subject to outweigh considerations of the painting as a painting; and works are frequently a bit lacking in the characteristics that I find appealing in paintings. There […]

Painting at the Whiskey Basin

A small group came with me out to the Whiskey Basin to paint the fall color along Torrey Creek. I could only get a few video snapshots for you because I was teaching, too and I forgot my main camera bag. I did have the new diffuser with me and it stood up to some pretty strong wind. Show More Summary

Painting a Palomino

Palomino, casein, 5 x 8 inches I'm painting a palomino at a ranch near Dubois, Wyoming. I've got my easel at a standing height outside the corral. The horses are sedated, because before we get there, they have had their teeth floated and they get freeze branded. Show More Summary

Painting a Bighorn Ram

This morning I painted this demo in black and white casein at the SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming. I used a reddish brown water-soluble colored pencil for the lay-in, and that color peeks through here and there. The taxidermy is by Lynn Stewart. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent’s Breakfast in the Loggia

Breakfast in the Loggia, John Singer Sargent Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project. The original is in the Freer/Sackler Gallery. Though the image linked from the latter page in not high resolution, there is a nicely large image linked from this post on the Smithsonian’s Bento blog (above the image, “6301 x […]

Joon Ahn

Joon Ahn is a concept artist based in Los Angeles. He was formerly a concept and background artist at Disney, and is currently the Senior Concept Artist at Riot Games. As far as I know, he doesn’t have a dedicated website, but does have a portfolio on ArtStation. He also has a blog, but it […]

Eye Candy for Today: John Hamilton Mortimer pen drawing

Reclining Female Figure in an Italian Landscape, John Hamilton Mortimer Pen and black ink on cream paper; roughly 9 x 12 inches (22 x 32 cm). Link is to original in the Yale Center For British Art, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions on the website. There is also a zoomable version on the […]

Didier Graffet

Didier Graffet is a French illustrator, recognized in particular for his fantasy and steampunk themed work. Well known in his native France, Graffet is undeservedly less familiar here in the U.S. Graffet uses a keen sense of value relationships, a muted palette and a good amount of intricate, textural detail to create arresting images that […]

On Leaving Stuff Out

Charles Lasar, Hillside in Summer Charles (Shorty) Lasar (1856-1936) was an American painter who studied in Paris. He urged his students to leave out unnecessary detail in a painting. He said:"Don’t try to put in a tenth of what youShow More Summary

"Indian Summer" in New York City

. Well, it was going to be a summer show, but a splendid tribute to the late Babe Shapiro stayed up through August, so time and title shifted to the Indian Summer Show. It certainly felt like a summer show, though--still 80+ degreesShow More Summary

More Reviews for the Menzel Book

We've been receiving more excellent reviews of the Menzel book from influential art blogs. "The thing that impressed me most about these drawings by Menzel is that the process didn't become mechanical for him. He was not drawing out of mere habit. Show More Summary

Gouache Demo in Denver

Here I am doing a demo yesterday for my 12 gouache workshop students at at the Denver Botanic Gardens. We find a nice spot next to the water garden overlooking the lily pads and the "Lemon-Lime Gecko" elephant ear bog plant. Tropical bog plant - Elephant ear, gouache, 4 x 6 inches The painting is 4 x 6 inches and it takes about an hour and a half. Show More Summary

Robert J. O’Brien

Robert J. O’Brien is a painter working in watercolor, originally from New York and now living and working in Vermont. O’Brien has a particular focus on architectural and floral subjects. The apparent perfection of flowers are contrasted with his choice of architectural subjects, which are often intimate, close-in views of buildings or other man-made objects […]

Eye Candy for Today: Parmigianino’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror; Francesco Mazzola, called Parmigianino Oil on curved wooden panel, roughly 9 inches (24 cm) in diameter (without frame). Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, which also has both zoomable and […]

Donald Jurney (update)

Donald Jurney is a Boston-based painter who I have featured previously on Lines and Colors. Jurney paints landscapes that have something of a subtle, 19th century European feeling, while still being assuredly contemporary. His paintings are enriched by his masterful command of color, texture and value relationships. It’s the latter, I think, that is the […]

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