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Arnold Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead (Alte Nationalgalerie version)

Isle of the Dead, Arnold Böcklin Today is Halloween, or Hallow’een, short for “All Hallows’ Evening” — the evening before a day dedicated to remembrance of the dead (and marked by costumery and other activities meant to mock death itself). With the theme of the dead in mind, here is one of five different versions […]

Jared Muralt

Swiss illustrator and comics artist Jared Muralt works in a pen and ink style that combines line and hatching with bits of lightly applied stipple. Many of his illustrations are colored, either with watercolor or digital color. You can see his work as within the milieu of French and Belgian comics art styles, particularly those […]

Night Creatures

Here's a gouache painting I did over 30 years ago when I was putting together a portfolio of science fiction samples. It has never been published before.I imagine encountering these night creatures in a dark bar. I accidentally offend them by asking an innocent question about their feeding tentacles. Show More Summary

Colley Whisson YouTube demo videos

Well known Auatralian painter Colley Whisson, who I wrote about in 2011, has for some time been posting short demo videos of his painting process on YouTube. These are quite short, roughly 3-4 minutes, and each briefly cover the process of a particular small painting. The videos are not professionally produced, and the audio, in […]

Eye Candy for Today: Sisley’s Rest Along the Stream

Le repos au bord du ruisseau. Lisière de bois (Rest along the Stream. Edge of the Wood) Alfred Sisley Among the original core group of French Impressioinist painters, English born Alfred Sisley has long been a personal favorite of mine. There is something direct and to the point about his work that particularly appeals to […]

Kalen Chock

Kalen Chock is a California based concept and visual development artist, whose clients include Industrial Light and Magic, Cryptozoic, CGMA, Autodesk, Ember Lab, Virtual Toys, and Fantasy Flight Games. His blog includes a number of his professional pieces, but much of it is devoted to his personal work, sketches, experiments and demonstration pieces for classes […]

Juanjo Guarnido's Rock Video

Juanjo Guarnido, the Spanish illustrator who co-created the comic Blacksad was formerly a Disney animator. Last March he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to direct an animated music video for the Swedish rock band Freak Kitchen. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Adolph Menzel’s View from a Window

View from a Window in Marienstrasse, Adolph Menzel Image on Surprised by Time blog (scroll down), direct link here. Gouache over chalk on paper, 12 x 9 inches (30 x 23 cm). Original is in the Museum Oskar Reinhart am Stadtgarten, Winterthur

Taking Control: Two Opportunities that I Know Of

I'm not a fan of vanity galleries, those money pits that take your cash and offer little in return. But artist-run galleries understand the balance between opportunity and cost. Let me share two current offerings from venues where artists...Show More Summary

Davie Riedel

Originally from Indiana, still life and landscape painter David Riedel studied art in Arizona, and later at the Art Students League in New York, where he studied with noted painter and teacher David Leffel. You can see Leffel’s influence in Riedel’s nuanced attention to value relationships and visual flow through his compositions. Riedel also exhibits […]

Painting a Texas Townscape in Watercolor

Here's a short video showing the making of my watercolor townscape in Bryan, Texas. (Direct link to video)Camera:The video is shot with a very compact point-and-shoot camera mounted to a street pole with a flexible tripod that can grab onto just about anything. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Study of a Tree, Johann Scheuren

Study of a Tree, Johann Caspar Nepomuk Scheuren Watercolor over pencil, 124 x 200 in (316 x 512cm). On Google art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Tadahiro Uesugi (update 2014)

I first wrote about Japanese illustrator Tadahiro Uesugi back in 2005, and again in 2010. While his awkwardly arranged website has unfortunately not been revised, his work is a fresh and wonderful as ever. Influenced by an affection for 1950s and 1960s “modern” styles of advertising art, Uesugi brings together a strong sense of design, […]

Keanes to Be Subject of Tim Burton Film

Walter and Margaret Keane Walter and Margaret Keane were known for the popular prints of big-eyed children in the 1960s. Though he claimed to have painted the pictures, she created them secretly behind the scenes. Their story will be...Show More Summary

OK Go's "I Won't Let You Down"

The alt rock band OKGo, known for its innovative long-take videos, has released a new one called "I Won't Let You Down." A camera on a drone octocopter tracks the four band members as they move around on Honda motorized unicycles. The...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Adélaïde Labille-Guiard’s Self-Portrait with Two Pupils

Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image. Though I’m not quite as taken with her work as I am with the paintings of her contemporary, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, I do admire Labille-Guiard’s skill with paint, and with chalk drawing. At […]

Ted Nasmith

Along with Alan lee, John Howe and the Hildebrant brothers, Canadian illustrator Ted Nasmith is one of the artists most associated with bringing to visual form the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s difficult now to see past the look established by the extremely popular movies, but that look was largely developed from existing sources in […]

Plein Air Watercolor of a House

While I painted the house in Austin, Texas, I made this one minute video to show the basic sequence of steps. (Direct link to video)----Full length tutorial download "Watercolor in the Wild" DVD available with exclusive slide show.

Eye Candy for Today: William Rickarby Miller apples

Still Life – Study of Apples, William Rickarby Miller I’ve linked here to a version of this image on The Athenaeum. The original is in the de Young museum in San Francisco. There is a high resolution version on the Google art Project, and a downloadable high resolution image on Wikimedia Commons. The Google Art […]

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River, MFA Houston

Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River is an exhibition currently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston that collects over 50 works related to the French Impressionist’s lifelong fascination with the river at the heart of Paris and, metaphorically, at the heart of France. Monet was known for his series paintings, in which […]

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