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William Hayes

Though he also works in oil, Vermont artist William Hayes found an initial diversion into reduction linocut prints to be so compelling that it is now the focus of his artistic endeavors. Reduction printing is a color printmaking technique in which a single block, in this case linoleum, is carved, printed in a color, and […]

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney at Stamford Museum

James Gurney has become widely known for his instructional books and videos as well as his role as a plein air painter, lecturer and popular blogger, but it was his series of fantastic Dinotopia adventure picture books that originally attracted the most notice — in the art community, the paleo art community and among the […]

Fiore dei Liberi

Fior di Battaglia = Flower of Battle = Flos Duellatorum, a combat manual created in the first decade of 15th cent. "Like people today, people of the medieval and Renaissance periods read how-to books. This manuscript by the greatestShow More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 3 of 4)

Earl Shinn, writing in The Nation magazine in 1869, described the terms of criticism that students heard most commonly in the École des Beaux-Arts, especially from Jean-Leon Gérôme. These terms, and the concepts they represent, provide an insight into the aesthetics that were valued in an academic figure study. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 2 of 4)

This is part two of a four-part series examining practices and principles taught the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century. (Part 1 here). This post is excerpted from an article by Earl Shinn, an American student in Jean-Léon Gérôme's atelier. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 1 of 4)

What kind of instruction did the students receive at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century? This begins a four-part series about the concepts and criticism in the atelier of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), based on a rare first-hand account of an American student who reported his experience in 1869. Show More Summary

Foreground Miniatures

Michael Paul Smith takes photos of his favorite town, called Elgin Park. The pictures look like snapshots from some midcentury utopian town. Most of his photos involve some cars parked on the street and buildings and trees in the background. Show More Summary

Phil May (1863-1904)

"Shave, or hair cut, sir?" "Corns, you fool! Phil May (1863-1904) was an English cartoonist known for his deft and economical pen-and-ink caricatures. He grew up around the theater, so he was familiar with music hall actors and types. Show More Summary

Dinotopia: World Beneath Episode 4

It's Podcast Tuesday! Here's the newest episode of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the episode with the play button above or by following this link to Soundcloud. "Trust old Crabb," says Lee as they approach Black Fish Tavern by the light of the moon. Show More Summary


This small oil study by James Perry Wilson was left unfinished, allowing us to see how he did it. After a careful line drawing, he painted from background to foreground, completing each area before moving on to the next. This photo shows J. Show More Summary

Benjamin Constant

Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was a French Orientalist painter active in the late 19th century. Though his work was popular and in demand during his time, he is not well known today. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is currently featuring an exhibition of work by Constant and his contemporaries: Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism: From Spain […]

Henry John Yeend King

English Victorian painter Henry John Yeend King studied painting in London and in Paris, learning both traditional academic techniques and the new plein air methods that were coming into practice. Yeend King specialized in landscape and genre paintings of rustic scenes, often with young women going about their chores, gathering flowers, waiting for and riding […]

Walking Through "Abstraction" at Pentimenti

Gallery-goers were at least ankle deep in "one  o three inches" of snow last Saturday in Philadelphia's Old City, which had turned into a cold and inhospitable land of slushy white stuff. Fortunately Pentimenti Gallery was host to the...Show More Summary

Fair and Loathing: Structure and Material, Part 1

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFsFair and Loathing: Big PaintingsFair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? Fair and Loathing: Gender Issues Fair and Loathing: Small...Show More Summary

Mid-Century Geometric Abstraction

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times  Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs Fair and Loathing: Big Paintings Fair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? Fair and Loathing: Gender Issues Fair and Loathing:...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Thomas Wilmer Dewing silverpoint portrait

Portrait of a Woman, Thomas Wilmer Dewing In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the zoom or download icons under the image. Original sheet is roughly 22 x 19 in. (57 x 48 cm). The portrait is drawn in silverpoint, the most prevalent of the variations of metalpoint drawing. The artist draws with a thin […]

Dynamic Downshots of Devambez

André Devambez (1867—1944) was a French artist who was fascinated by the bird's eye view. His most famous painting is called "The Charge," which shows a confrontation between demonstrators and police on the Boulevard Montmartre. TheShow More Summary

Jennifer Diehl

Originally from Wisconsin and now based in Oregon, Jennifer Diehl is a painter who brings a controlled but lively palette and painterly sensibility to a range of subjects: still life, landscape, cityscape, interiors, and figurative. Her landscapes feel fresh, unhurried and naturalistic, while still retaining the immediacy of location painting, and she often plays with […]

Alina Chau (update)

Alina Chau is a painter, illustrator and animation artist whose whimsical images are rendered in lively applications of watercolor. Her work includes elements of children’s book illustration, concept design, naturalistic painting, stylized design elements and the influence of traditional Chinese ink painting. Show More Summary

A Composition by Robert Fawcett

Have a look at this picture, and try to self-monitor how you experience it. The editors of the Famous Artists Course included this illustration by Robert Fawcett (1903-1967) along with an explanatory diagram to demonstrate some design principles. Show More Summary

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