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“Celebrating Women Artists” at Arcadia Contemporary

Arcadia Contemporary, a gallery in NYC that focuses largely on contemporary art in the representational tradition, has a new show titled “Celebrating Women Artists” in which they are showcasing work by six women artists from among the artists they represent. The show features three painters, two sculptors and a photographer. I’ve featured images of work […]

GJ Book Club: Chapter 4: "Line Drawing"

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 4, "Line Drawing," of Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. If you would like to respond to a specific point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number. Show More Summary

Imagining Dinosaurs with Feathers

This month, two Canadian paleontologists speculated about the origin of feathers in dinosaurs. Link'One thing you can do with really, really simple feathers... is you can use them as whiskers,' says Scott Persons, PhD candidate at University of Alberta, and Philip Currie, professor and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology. Show More Summary

Erich Wolfsfeld (1884-1956)

In 2009, an 83-year-old widower went to clear out his attic and found a trove of paintings. His stepmother had died 20 years earlier, and he completely forgot that he had stored away more than 100 artworks by his stepfather, a German artist named Erich Wolfsfeld. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: H Siddons Mowbray’s Idle Hours

Idle Hours, H. Siddons Mowbray Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikipedia, original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Though not in the kind of exotic location common to the Orientalist paintings that were fashionable the time, Mowbray has dressed is models in oriental costume as they languorously […]

Leo Mancini-Hresko (update)

Leo Mancini-Hresko is a painter from Boston who I first wrote about in 2013. He brings his appealingly textural approach to bear on landscape, interiors and still life subjects, in which his controlled use of color and value brings the textural elements to the fore. Mancini-Hresko’s work will be on display in a solo show […]

Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux, Gwenn Germain

Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (“Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies”) is a remarkable short animation (two and a half minutes) that is the senior project of Gwenn Germain, a student at the French art school Créapole. The film is an overt homage to the work of the brilliant Japanese animator Hayao […]

Dinotopia World Beneath, Episode 12

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 11 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. A scene of the pod village of Bonabba, where Will is learning more about piloting skybaxes. Show More Summary

Paul Chadeisson

Paul Chadeisson is a concept artist and video game developer based in Paris, France. His often mechanically intricate structures and environments demonstrate his ability to project a sense of immense scale and distance — partly with atmospheric perspective and partly with the contrast of foreground and background elements. Many of the pieces on his website […]

Constable's Outdoor Painting Materials

Constable, Dedham Lock and Mill, 1811, courtesy VAM. John Constable (1776-1837) was one of the pioneers of plein-air oil painting in England. He became convinced around 1802 that he should paint in oil outdoors, believing that Claude Lorrain had done so, even though Claude actually used only water-based media or drawing tools in his outdoor work. Show More Summary

Judith Pond Kudlow

Judith Pond Kudlow is an artist living and working in New York City, where she co-founded with artist Andrea J. Smith a classical atelier named NYK Academy, formerly the Harlem Studio of Art. Kudlow’s primary subjects are still life and figurative, the former in particular is appealing for the feeling of harmony in her compositions. […]

Animated Paper Burlesque Dancers

Legendary toy inventor Mel Birkrant has just posted the story of his years developing R-rated paper burlesque dancers for his company "Boutique Fantastique." ----- Mel Birnkrant's Boutique Fantastique

Eye Candy for Today: Johann Tischbein chalk portrait

Profile Portrait of Miss Wieling, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein Red chalk on paper, 14 x 10 inches (35 x 26 cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art This forceful but delicate profile portrait is made graphically strong by the artist’s use of dramatic value contrast between the face and background. His approach is precise, with […]

Circumzenithal Arc

A few days ago I photographed this circumzenithal arc in the sky above the Hudson Valley. These halo phenomena are sometimes called "smiles in the sky" or "upside down rainbows."Unlike a normal rainbow, which describes a circle centered around the antisolar point (directly opposite the sun), this light effect curves around the zenith. Show More Summary

Raymond Berry

Virginia artist Ray Berry walks a line between representation and suggestion, his strongly seasonal landscapes reveal themselves on closer inspection to be strikingly physical applications of paint. He works both in oil and the difficult hot wax process of encaustic, the latter giving even greater leeway for producing a textural surface, to the point of […]

Question: Drying Time in Oil Paint

Pedram F., an artist who works in Sweden, asks: "Heya James! Big fan and silent watcher of your posts and blog here! I'm going to break the silence tho' this time around because I have been watching your latest video on the Rise of Tyrannosaurus that I bought recently. Show More Summary

Sci-Art Pedigree

This striking set of hand-painted botanical and insect prints was produced by Johanna Helena Herolt, a lesser known member of the 17th c. German-Dutch Merian family of artists. The Merian dynasty of artists really began in Switzerland with Johanna Helena Herolt's grandfather, Matthäus Merian the Elder (d. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: WT Richards’ Lago Avernus

Lago Avernus, William Trost Richards In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watercolor and gouache on blue paper, 4 1/2 x 9 1/9 inches (11 x 24 cm). Lago Avernus (“Lake Avernus”) is a lake in a volcanic crater in the Campania region of southern Italy. Once believed to be the mythical entrance to the Underworld, […]

GJ Book Club: Chapter 3 "Vision"

On GJ Book Club, we're studying Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. If you would like to respond to a specific point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number.1. Show More Summary

Preliminary Sketches for TYRANNOSAURS

First off: WOW! Thanks so much for your generous response to my new video "TYRANNOSAURS: Behind the Art," which documents the illustrations I just did for the May 2015 article in Scientific American Magazine. Here's the trailer on YouTube...Show More Summary

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