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Interview Podcast with Eric Rhoads

Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine recently interviewed me about how I got started and my thoughts on painting on location. You can listen to the interview at this link.Eric is also the host of the upcoming 2017 Plein Air Convention...Show More Summary

Mario Martinez ( MARS-1)

Mario Martinez, who also is known by the handle MARS-1, is a painter based in New York who uses exacting representational techniques to paint imaginary objects and spaces. His compositions are often elaborate arrangements of geometric and pseudo-biological forms, intricately detailed and rendered with a palpable dimensionality. Show More Summary

Grisaille with Warm Underpainting

I painted this creamer yesterday while waiting for my scrambled eggs. Creamer, gouache 3 x 3 inches It's in black and white gouache, painted over a yellow-ochre square patch that served as an underpainting. I allowed the underpainting to shine through here and there. Show More Summary

The Leibl Way

Study by Wilhelm Leibl When he was an art student, Hermann Ebers remembered learning to practice the "Leibl Way" of painting, based on the method of the German realist Wilhelm Leibl (1844-1900). "Take a grateful model," his teacher told him, "for instance an old bearded head. Show More Summary

Mønsted Up Close

Christie's in New York City is currently showing an auction preview of 19th century European painting. Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish, 1859-1941) A View of Hornbæk, 1916, oil on canvas, 18 ¾ x 34 in. (47.6 x 86.4 cm. ) It includes this painting by Mønsted, which looks tight and photographic from a distance. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Léon Bonvin still life

Still Life on Kitchen Table with Celery, Parsley, Bowl, and Cruets; Léon Bonvin Watercolor over pen and ink and graphite; roughly 7×9 inches (17 x 22 cm). In the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore which has both a downloadable and zoomable version of the image. There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project, and […]

Grand Central Station

It's raining in New York City. My train won't leave Grand Central Station for another 45 minutes. There are no benches in the main area. I sit on the terrazzo floor in the semi-darkness at the edge of one of the hallways. The windowShow More Summary

Spectrum Now Accepting Entries

Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster (detail) by Justin Gerard The 24th annual competition of Spectrum Contemporary Fantastic Art is now accepting entries. For more than two decades, Spectrum has been the pre-eminent showcase of imaginative realism, which includes science fiction, fantasy, concept art, paleoart, comics, and imaginative sculpture. Show More Summary

Marc Bohne

Marc Bohne is a landscape painter originally from Texas and currently based in Seattle, Washington. I’ve admired his work on the web for a number of years, and had it bookmarked for inclusion on Lines and Colors, and I’m frankly surprised I haven’t featured him before now. Bohne is wonderfully skillful in his depictions of […]

Edgar Maxence

Edgar Maxence was a French painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Maxence is generally classed as a “Symbolist”, an artistic movement in which representational images were used to suggest higher truths that could not be directly depicted. In its literary connections and penchant for elegance, the genre bears some similarities to […]

Dagnan-Bouveret's "An Accident"

Many of you expressed an interest in looking at compositions by doing pencil copies of them. Here is a painting that has always captivated me. "An Accident" 1879 by Pascal Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret (French, 1852-1929)at the Walters...Show More Summary

Shari Blaukopf

Shari Blaukopf is a watercolor painter based in Montreal. She is a dedicated location sketcher, and you can find her sketches on a dedicated blog, as well as in a section on her website, and on the Urban Sketchers blog. Even in her more finished work, she maintains a feeling of the informal immediacy that […]

Moby's new video

Here's a new music video called "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" by Moby & The Void Pacific Choir with animation by Steve Cutts in a 30's retro style. The subject is a little depressing—how people are all hooked on their devices—but it's incisive satire, an apt commentary on our times. (Link to see the video on YouTube)

Peludópolis: A Lost Animated Film

Peludópolis was an 80-minute animated film by Argentine director Quirino Cristiani. Released in 1931, it was the first animated feature film with sound. Unfortunately, all copies of the finished film were lost in a fire, so the film is best known from this making-of featurette. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Watteau trois crayon figure drawing

Seated Young Woman, Jean-Antoine Watteau Black, red and white chalk on buff paper. Roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 17 cm). In the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY. Image can be zoomed or downloaded. French Baroque painter Jean-Antoine Watteau was a wonderful and prolific draftsman and master of the “trois crayon” […]

DVD Set on Sale

Here is the ultimate gift for yourself or the artist in your life. At the GurneyJourney store, we've got the full set of eight art instruction DVDs on sale for 25% off the list price. The set includes four popular titles about plein-air painting: Portraits in the Wild, Fantasy in the Wild, Gouache in the Wild, and Watercolor in the Wild. Show More Summary

Chris Seaman

Chris Seaman is an illustrator working in the gaming industry. His fantasy-themed illustrations are highly rendered, but always keep a feeling of cartoony verve and springy stylization, and often contain fun little touches in the details. Seaman works in acrylic. There are a couple of brief process videos on his website, where he also has […]

Canaletto Up Close

In honor of Canaletto's birthday today in 1697, let's take a look at one of his paintings. His method of painting is quite unusual. Canaletto, The Bucintoro at the Molo on Ascension Day Nowadays most oil painters would go for a general overall impression first and refine it further and further with spots of paint. Show More Summary

Adair Payne

Adair Payne is a California painter whose landscapes are richly textural, often deeply atmospheric and highly evocative of place, season and time of day. Payne uses a restrained palette, emphasizing the value relationships and textural elements in his compositions. Though many of his subjects are identifiably west coast landscapes, many resonate with me with creeks […]

Forberg's "Death of a Hero"

A secret to good composition is to group and simplify the tones. But the tonal organization must serve the story. Let's look at an example, along with my pencil sketch. Nils Forberg (1842-1934) La Fin d’un héros (Death of a Hero) 1888...Show More Summary

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