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Co-op Truck

"Co-op Truck," black and white gouache, 5 x 8 inches. I have a half hour while they unload the food co-op truck, so I set up my sketchbook on a garbage can. The driver waits in the shade, leaning against the truck. The preliminary drawing has accurate measurements, but it is very rough and incomplete, just a map of the big shapes. Show More Summary

Randy Glass

Randy Glass is a well-known illustrator who specializes in the pen and ink technique of stipple, in which a multitude of carefully placed dots — sometimes of varying size — coalesce visually to create tone. It’s a technique adapted to the relatively low resolution of newspaper printing, in which the artist has more control over […]

Grzegorz Wróbel (update)

Grzegorz Wróbel is a Polish watercolorist who I first wrote about in 2010. Wróbel’s background in architectural design gives his cityscapes and street scenes a feeling of effortless strength that belies the complex challenge of perspective and rendering they present. He deftly steps between detail and suggestion, giving his compositions both a tactile immediacy and […]


Back in 2012, I wrote about a website called Pigments through the Ages; a resource about the history and nature of artist’s pigments. That site is 10 years old now, and as far as I know, is no longer being actively developed. However, one of the original authors of that site, Juraj Lipscher, has created […]

Embodied Cognition

Embodied cognition is an emerging idea in neuroscience which explores the connection between the mind and the body. Contrary to the older view dating back to Descartes that the mind and body occupy separate realms, and that aesthetic...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Girolamo dai Libri’s Madonna and Child with Saints

Madonna and Child with Saints, Girolamo dai Libri Tempera and oil on canvas; 16th century, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download icons under the image. To my mind, this could be titled “Madonna and Child with Laurel Tree“, so striking is the tree’s presence, painstakingly detailed and dominating the composition. […]

New Painting Challenge: Outdoor Market

Eugene Galien Laloue (1854 - 1941) Paris, le marché aux fleurs Gouache on board, 8 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches We had such an enthusiastic response to our last Gouache Challenge that many of you asked for another opportunity.I hesitate to call...Show More Summary

Sung Choi

Sung Choi is a concept artist based in Seattle, working in the gaming and entertainment industry. His concept work is dramatically atmospheric, with subdued colors and muted values not only creating depth but mood. Choi has tuned his digital painting tools to create a very brushy, painterly effect, and uses the same characteristics in what […]

Henry John Boddington

Victorian painter Henry John Williams took his wife’s last name as Henry John Boddington to distinguish himself from the prolific Williams family of painters from which he came. Boddington, whose only formal instruction was from his father, painter Edward Williams, developed a style rich with the textures of landscape, often revealed in dramatic almost theatrical […]

GJ Book Club Chapter 16: Proportion

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 16: "Rhythm/Proportion" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface. If you would like to respond toShow More Summary

"Summer Show" at dm contemporary

. Summer is a great time for group shows, and I'll have a few more to show you as the season progresses, but for now let me take you on a walk-though of the Summer Show at dm contemporary in New York City. Owner/director Doris Mukabaa Marksohn has brought together 23 gallery and invited artists. Show More Summary

The Artistic Revival of Austin Brigs, Part 2

Note: We'll do the Harold Speed Book Club tomorrow. Yesterday we read how Austin Briggs took time away from his busy illustration career to spend four months in the Gaspé Peninsula painting from nature. In this Part 2, he'll tell us how this sabbatical paid dividends when he returned. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Concert

The Concert, Gerrit van Honthorst In the National Gallery of Art, DC; there is also a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Like many of his northern European contemporaries, 17th century Dutch painter Gerrit van Honthorst was taken with the dramatic chiaroscuro and dynamic compositions of Caravaggio. Honrhorst, however, brought his figures into full light and […]

The Artistic Revival of Austin Briggs, Part 1

One of the most inspiring stories of a mid-career revival came from the mid-20th century illustrator Austin Briggs (1908-1973), who told how he rediscovered painting from nature: "Some years ago," he says, "I became very discouraged with my work. Show More Summary

Your Gas Station Paintings

We had a tremendous response to the Gas Station Challenge. I put out a call a few weeks ago for you to paint a gas station on location in black and white gouache. One of the reasons I suggested that subject was because I figured no one would have any such painting already completed. Show More Summary

Tom Dickson

Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Tom Dickson lived and worked for a time in Nova Scotia, and then in British Columbia. On summer trips to Mexico, he discovered a rich source of subject matter and inspirstional culture, and he eventually moved to San Miguel de Allende, where he and his wife, painter Donna Dickson, set up […]

Ingrid Kallick

The selection of work on illustrator Ingrid Kallick’s website is not extensive, which is unfortunate, as the delightful nature of her illustrations leaves you wanting more. Imaginatively composed, nicely textural, often intricately rendered, her work is well suited to the flights of imagination integral to her fantasy subjects. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today; Harry Fenn ink drawing

Present Aspect of Gaines’s Mill, Looking East; Harry Fenn Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Clear observation and crisp, textural rendering give Fenn’s drawing of a brick-walled mill and nearby wooden houses a tactile sense of presence and […]

Tip: Keep Gouache Fresh in Jars

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