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Clement on the Can — New CLEMENTOONS Adventure

In this brand new episode of CLEMENTOONS, Clement makes a sled out of a crushed soda can and embarks on a wild ride. ( Direct link to video ) CLEMENTOONS is my stop-motion animated adventure series about a little cartoon person on a perilous journey through the real world to the toyland of Melville. Show More Summary

Michael Godfrey

Michael Godfrey is a painter based in the D.C. area who at one point became fascinated with the landscape and mountains of the western U.S. His range of subject matter includes both the eastern and western mountains, their related fields and countryside, and particularly their creeks and streams. These he renders with great attention to […]

Turner Paints a Man-of-War

Once while staying as a guest at the estate of Walter Fawkes, J.M.W. Turner was asked to paint a watercolor of a British man-of-war. His process of painting was extraordinary. According to an eyewitness, "He began by pouring wet paint onto the paper till it was saturated. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jacob van Walscapelle still life

Still Life with Fruit, Jacob van Walscapelle In the Rijksmuseum. Image is zoomable (and downloadable if you get a free account). Also a downloadable (but I think oersaturated) image here. Not only is this beautifully composed and rendered, with the fruits and stems gradually revealing themselves as you peer into the darker corners, I love […]

Tony Auth, 1942-2014

For over 40 years, Tony Auth was a glimmer of sanity amid the news of the day, in the form of his cartoons on the opinion pages of the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2012, Auth — a winner of the Pulitzer and Herblock Prizes — moved to the local PBS affiliate, bringing his cartoons to their

Troll-Caught Tuna Contest Results

We received 35 entries, all in the illustration category, for the "Troll-Caught Tuna" contest. The inspiration was a label on a tuna can that suggested that maybe trolls did the fishing. I asked you to imagine how trolls might catch, sell, or prep the tuna. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Theodore Robinson’s Old Bridge

The Old Bridge, Theodore Robinson Image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. One of my favorites by Robinson, who was one of the earliest American painters to adopt the new style of the French Impressionists. One of those paintings that you could divide up into a number of smaller compositions that would […]

Bright Light Fine Art / Artists Guild Library

Bright Light Fine Art is a collaborative art instruction site featuring three well-known contemporary painters: David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw and Jacqueline Kamin (links to my posts). The site has bios and sample galleries by each artist, listings of workshops and other news, and a store for books by Leffel and McGraw. The essence of the […]

Night Sketching in Alleys

Night sketching in alleys opens up new worlds of light and color. Streetlights come in a variety of color casts: the yellow of sodium vapor, the green of mercury vapor, the red of neon, and the blue-white of metal halide. Our eyes can see variations in these light colors that elude the camera. Show More Summary

Ikenaga Yasunari

Japanese artist Ikenaga Yasunari paints portraits of women in serene, often wistful poses, in which the patterns of their clothing and surrounding textiles as as important within the compositions as the stylized design work of Mucha or Klimt. Though his approach is modern, Yasunari works in tools and techniques from the traditional Nihonga style, painting […]

John Seerey-Lester Doing a Demo

John Seerey-Lester is known for his wildlife, landscape, and historical paintings. He and his wife Suzie are featured on the cover of the upcoming October/November issue of International Artist magazine. While John did a demo at the SKB Workshop recently in Wyoming, I sat off to the side and painted his portrait in watercolor. Show More Summary

Solstice Effect

Here's an unusual effect in Indiana where the sun is setting directly behind us due west on the Solstice, and the light bounces back from all the signs lined up due east.

Launching an Art Tutorial on Gumroad

If you are interested in publishing video tutorials of your own artmaking process, I recommend using Gumroad as a digital distribution partner. Gumroad is an online company that provides an easy to use platform for individual creators who want to sell their own digital content, such as ebooks and videos. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Lorenzo Lotto’s Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (sacra conversazione), Lorenzo Lotto On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original it in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The 16th century venetian master gives us an idyllic tableau of serene faces, beautifully painted. The angel is just… angelic.

Olivier Pron

Concept artist and matte painter Olivier Pron has film credits that include Cloud Atlas, Watchmen, X-Men: The Last Stand, Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy. It looks at though he may be using a combination of digital painting and models, but I can’t tell. His blog was only started this month, and there […]

Kenny Harris

California based painter Kenny Harris paints landscapes, still life and figurative works, but it is his extraordinary room interiors that captured my attention. Bathed in soft, often indirect light, punctuated by brighter passages of windows or doorways, his interiors are rendered in subtle, dimensional layers of muted colors and painterly textures. Harris studied Fine Art […]

Pixar supercut arranged ROYGBIV

ROYGBIV: A Pixar Supercut from Rishi Kaneria on Vimeo.Editor Rishi Kaneria excerpted short scenes from the Pixar films and arranged them according to the spectrum, showing how much individual sequences are shifted to a particular narrow color gamuts. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bloemaert tree studies

Studies of Two Pollard Willows, Abraham Bloemaert Pen and brown ink with watercolor. Roughly 8×12 inches (20x30cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Simple, direct and beautifully economical observation from nature. Not a superfluous line.

Recital Audience

Stopped in at the Butler Institute of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The audience for the piano recital didn't see me off in the shadows of the side gallery...moo-hoo-ha-ha.

Flint's Watercolor Sketching Gear

Francis Russell Flint (1915-1977) was the son of the more famous watercolorist Sir William Russell Flint. He wrote a book called "Water-Colour for Beginners" which explains his suggested plein-air gear. "There are many good types ofShow More Summary

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