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Video Portrait of Hong Kong

(Via BoingBoing) There's some interesting camera work and sound design in this portrait of Hong Kong by filmmaker Brandon Li.---If you like this, you'll also like his other film "Tokyo Roar," set against the poem by A.D. Hope.

Spanish Edition of I.R. Coming

Here's something in the works for a July release — a Spanish edition of Imaginative Realism.----Previously: Luz y Color, "Color and Light" in Spanish

Three Tips for Twilight Painting

Three tips for painting twilight streetscapes in opaques (gouache or casein):1. Bring a battery-operated LED light so you can see what you're doing.2. When you start, try to anticipate where the scene will be at peak color, and aim for that in your layin.3. Show More Summary

Weed Painting Challenge

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” ? Ella Wheeler Wilcox It's time for the next GurneyJourney painting challenge. Let's paint some weeds. Ivan Shishkin, Aegopodium, Pargolovo (study) 1884, 35x59 cm Fidelia Bridges, Thistle and Landscape...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Rickert

Elizabeth Rickert is a New Mexico based artist who paints landscapes, water gardens, florals, fruits and birds’ nests, but in particular intimate compositions of grasses and other low-to-the-ground plants. These are rendered with sensitive detail and infused with gentle light, giving them in inviting, luminous quality. Her paintings are larger in scale than you might […]

Group Portrait in a Diner

Yesterday I painted a group portrait in our local diner. I captured a video snapshot to give you the atmosphere of the moment: (Link to YouTube) I used gouache with a severely limited palette: raw sienna, brilliant purple, cadmium yellow deep, and white, plus some white Nupastel stick to convey the effect of the window glare. Show More Summary

Illuminating Tarbell

“Illuminating Tarbell” is the title of an exhibition of the work of the terrific American painter Edmund Charles Tarbell that is on view at Discover Portsmouth, in Portsmouth NH until June 3, 2016. It features a concurrent exhibit of contemporary painters working in the tradition of Tarbell. There is a page with images from the […]

Eye Candy for Today: Thomas Moran’s Falls at Toltec Gorge

Falls at Toltec Gorge, Thomas Moran Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; 1000 Museums has version online that you can download here; original is in the Oklahoma City Museum (no collections online). When Moran turns his Turner-influenced eye to the rough textures of the American landscape, the results are usually amazing. I […]

Harry Beckhoff and the Clear Line Style

The new issue of Illustration magazine (Issue 52) has a feature on American illustrator Harry Beckhoff (1901-1979). Although he studied with Dean Cornwell and Harvey Dunn, he didn't pursue the style of painterly brushstrokes and impastos. Show More Summary

Charles Lee

Charles Lee is a visual development artist who has worked with Riot Games, Blizzard Entertainments, Sony Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Obsidian and Spark. He has a particularly deft touch with suggesting light sources within larger areas of subdued values, as in his science fiction themed cityscapes. He also uses muted value relationships in his atmospheric environments. […]

Eye Candy for Today: Roelant Roghman drawing

View of castle Groenewoude, Roelant Roghman Chalk, with brush on paper; roughly 14×19? (35x49cm); in the collection of the Rijksmuseum. Roughman’s seemingly simple — but precise and deftly rendered — 17th century drawing is described on the Rijksmuseum’s site with chalk as the material and brush as the technique. I assume from the look of […]

A Vision of Augmented Reality

Where are we headed with augmented reality? This short film by Keiichi Matsuda presents an unsettling vision of a possible future. The film superimposes digital animations over a mundane live action video showing a person's point of view as they ride a bus and shop for food. Show More Summary

Keeping Gouache Wet on the Palette

Following on the discussion yesterday, blog reader Glenn Tait shared a do-it-yourself option for keeping gouache wet longer on the palette. He says: "I have tested different 'Sta-Wet' palette options with gouache and found the following to be very effective. Show More Summary

Your Questions on Gouache

A lot of you have asked me questions about gouache, so I've gathered up the answers here for the benefit of everybody:Carlos says, "After watching Gouache in the Wild, I'm finally going to buy some gouache tubes. I was wondering if the...Show More Summary

Amazing Mesozoic Mammals

Scientific American's online magazine has just released a new article about the mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. For the cover of the magazine, we needed a dynamic image that showed how capable and specialized some mammals were. Show More Summary

Jean-Baptiste Monge (update 2016)

Jean-Baptiste Monge is an illustrator, concept artist and character designer who I have featured previously on Lines and Colors. Monge combines superb draftsmanship, sensitive textural rendering, and a keen appreciation of color andShow More Summary

Al Jaffee, Mad's 95 Year Old Cartoonist

Al Jaffee invented "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" for Mad Magazine He also came up with the popular "Fold-In" feature. He's is 95 years old and still going strong. In fact he was recently honored as having the longest working career of any cartoonist ever. Here's a video profile from the Gothamist. (Link to YouTube video)

Dancing and Painting in the Gardens

The opening of "Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas" was a big success yesterday at the New York Botanical Gardens. Members of the Michael Arenella Dreamland Orchestra played Jazz Age favorites and demonstrated some hot dance licks in vintage costumes. Show More Summary

Grigoriy Myasoyedov

Grigoriy Grigorievich Myasoyedov was a founding member of the group of 19th century Russian painters know as the Peredvizhniki, who rejected the formalities of the Impreial Academy of the Arts in favor of traveling exhibitions. Unfortunately, he is not as well known outside of Russia as his more famous counterparts, and information and examples of […]

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