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Macro Photos of Compound Eyes

Yudy Sauw takes amazing photos of the faces of insects and other tiny creatures. The ring light diffuser around the black lens give the appearance of a "pupil." On some of them there appears to be some Photoshop enhancement, as with the one above called "Flood." You can buy the images as computer wallpaper or canvas prints. Via BoingBoing

Eye Candy for Today: Burne-Jones’ King Cophetura

King Cophetura and the Beggar Maid, Edward Coley Burne-Jones On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. The Tate’s website has some background on the painting and the story it presents. There is more in an article on the painting on Wikipedia.

Nicole Alger

New York based artist Nicole Alger paints a variety of subjects, portrait, figurative, still life and landscape, and her approach varies from straightforwardly realist to colorfully interpretive. In many of her portraits and face studies,...Show More Summary

Hitting the road next week

Here is the cover of the sketchbook I'm currently traveling through. I called it "Rest Stop," following my custom to title the sketchbook with words that appear on the first page. The sketch on the first page is captioned the 'Heavenly...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Prout street scene

French Street with a Medieval Turret, Samuel Prout In the National Gallery of Art, DC. The National Gallery’s page says this was done in brush and watercolor, as apparently does the artist’s inscription, but I would have assumed an initial drawing in pen and brown ink. Though it exists in that fascinating boundary between drawing […]

David Chambers

David Chambers is a concept and visual development artist, based in British Columbia, who works primarily in the gaming industry. His website home page acts as a portfolio slideshow, but you can also drill down into his portfolio, which is arranged by subject matter. I found his approach to environments of particular interest for the […]

Sepia Wash Drawing

If you're experimenting with watercolor for the first time, a good way to get some practice is to do a study in sepia. Here's a sketchbook page I did while waiting for a train in Italy about 20 years ago. Parco della Montagnola, Bologna, Italy. Show More Summary

Niroot Puttapipat (himmapaan)

Niroot Puttapipat is a London-based illustrator who uses the handle “Himmapaan”. His work shows his admiration for Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Howard Pyle and Edmund Dulac, as well as natural history and paleontological greats like Charles R. Knight. Puttapipat works with a nice balance between detailed rendering and graphic shapes, particular in his […]

Mick McGinty (update 2014)

I’m delighted to say that after a hiatus of three years, painter/blogger/illustrator Mick McGinty is back to posting his small paintings on his blog Twice a Week, and offering them at auction. Presumably, McGitnty has been busy in his other role as an illustrator, but it’s great to see him once again posting his plain […]

Eye Candy for Today: Carlos Reis Plus de Vin

Plus de Vin, Carlos Reis On Google Art Project; downloadable large file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Dionísio Pinheiro And Alice Cardoso Pinheiro Foundation. In this loosely rendered and fascinatingly dark composition, it’s evident that the wine was more in demand than the fruit.

Don't throw out your old watercolors!

Instead, seal them in big glass jars. I've got mine in four jars: "Juicy New Tubes," "Semi-Dry Tubes," "Dried Out Tubes," and "Pans Full and Empty." The airtight jars keep the tubes from drying out any further.I use the new tubes for refilling empty pans. Show More Summary

Joseph Todorovitch

Joseph Todorovitch is a California painter who works primarily with figurative subjects, though these often include elements of interiors, still life or landscape. Todorovitch has a refined, restrained approach to value and color, as well as a subtle sense of the use of edges; elements that together give his paintings both a quiet power and […]

How do we move when we breathe?

(Direct link to YouTube video)How does your body move when you breathe? Well, of course the rib cage expands and contracts, but surprisingly the movement is more up and down than it is in and out, says Michael Black, co-author of a computer graphics study presented at the recent Siggraph.There are many more small but observable movements going on. Show More Summary

Kendyll Hillegas

There is something direct, un-fussed with and visually charming about the approach Boston based illustrator and artist Kendyll Hillegas takes in her representations of commonplace objects, most notably food items. Hillegas works in a combination of pencil, watercolor pencil, colored pencil and gouache, as she describes in this post and video from her Tumblog. Her […]

Colin Page (update 2014)

Maine based painter Colin page, who I wrote about back in 2007 and 2008, paints crisp, bright landscapes and still life, with a painterly touch and often a high-chroma palette. His paintings of Maine’s rocky coast, small harbors and the surrounding landscape are set in strongly geometric compositions, which you can choose to read either […]

Eye Candy for Today: Frederick Sandys’ Grace Rose

Grace Rose, Frederick Sandys On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art.

Dinotopia at the Children's House

Dr. Jo Ann Leggett, director of the Children’s House preschool of Victoria, Texas recently completed a Dinotopia-themed project for the school’s summer program, and she sent some photos to share.Dr. Jo says: "Children delighted in all...Show More Summary

Summer Studio Salon at Marcia Wood Gallery

. Other Summer Group Shows To Leo, A Tribute from American Abstract Artists Summer Invitational at Elizabeth Harris Gallery Color as Structure at McKenzie Fine Art In the entry: Benjamin Britton watercolors and George Long mixed-media...Show More Summary

Trends in Painting Media

I was just curious, so I checked on Google Trends to compare relative search volumes for different painting media. People search least often for the word "gouache,"(in blue) along the bottom. "Oil paint" (in yellow) and "acrylic paint" (in green) are two or three times more popular than gouache. Show More Summary

One stroke dragon tails

These videos on YouTube show an interesting approach to brushwork, in which the artist varies pressure on a large loaded brush to make a stylized dragon’s tail in a single stroke — albeit a slow one. There are several videos, but they lack identification for the artist, and though the style and approach is similar, […]

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