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Eye Candy for Today: Corot early Spring landscape

Les étangs de ville d’avray (The Ponds of the Village of Avray), Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot Link is to Wikimedia Commons; they sourced it from a Sotheby’s auction, so I don’t know the current location of the original — perhaps in a private collection. Corot gives Read More...

Theodore Lukits and his Theory of Color

Artist Theodore Lukits (1897-1992) lived in Los Angeles, where he ran a school of painting. Theodore Lukits (on ladder) and Dean Cornwell (below right) Lukits had once served as an apprentice to Dean Cornwell (1892-1960). Los Angeles...Show More Summary

Painting a Logo Using Old-School Tools

To wrap up my coverage of professional basketball, I'll paint the NBA/ESPN logo by hand using old-school tools. (Link to video) At almost any antique store, you can find high quality drafting sets, by Dietzgen or DesignMaster. They're not too expensive because few people use them anymore. Show More Summary

Kristaps Porzi??is, NBA Star

Kristaps Porzi??is was on an All-Star track and putting up good numbers for the New York Knicks when I painted him, but then he got sidelined with a season-ending torn ACL knee injury. Now he’s on the path to recovery. Kristaps Porzi??is,...Show More Summary

Woodless Pencil Test

I decide to try out a woodless water-soluble pencil. A woodless pencil means the whole pencil is made out of the lead, rather than surrounding the thin lead with a casing of wood. Matthew Schreiber, Bulgarian Accordion. Listen to one of his tunes on YouTube The pencil I'm using is called a Cretacolor Aqua Monolith. Show More Summary

ESPN Report from the Court

Recently, ESPN invited me to be a sketch reporter at an NBA basketball game. I visit the broadcast truck an hour before the game starts. Here's a gouache portrait of the guy who controls the audio feed in the ESPN broadcast.In this quick...Show More Summary

Outer Space Men

Toy inventor Mel Birnkrant tells how he developed some of the first action figures in the late 1960s, called the "Outer Space Men." (Link to video)

Jean-Charles Cazin

Jean-Charles Cazin was a 19th century French painter who painted primarily landscapes and pastoral scenes, but also cityscapes of Paris and some smaller towns. When I first saw the painting now titled Paris Scene with Bridge (above, top) at the National Gallery in DC, I Read More...


Caspar David Friedrich's Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, 1818 Rückenfigur is a German art term for a figure seen from behind, and placed inside the scene as a proxy for the viewer. Such a figure invites the viewer to identify with the attitude or perspective of the person, who is usually central in the composition. Show More Summary

ESPN Adventure on YouTube

Here's a 3:25 minute YouTube compilation of the short videos I've been releasing all week about my adventure painting an NBA game. (Link to YouTube) The upcoming issue of International Artist Magazine has a feature article with step by steps and the behind-the-scenes story. Show More Summary

Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden

There are so many things in motion on and off the court in an NBA game that it kind of boggles the mind to translate it into paint.(link to video on Facebook) As you can see in the video, I try to use the brush systematically to paint...Show More Summary

My Assignment: ESPN Sketch Reporter

After visiting the ESPN broadcast truck, I still have an hour left before the basketball game starts.My media pass gives me full access to courtside and the Knicks' locker room area. I enter Madison Square Garden via the VIP entrance, which is really a steep-spiraling, 5-story ramp where circuses of old used to bring in the elephants. Show More Summary

ESPN Commentator Stephen A. Smith

I’m on the basketball court at Madison Square Garden an hour ahead of game time. While the Knicks warm up, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith delivers a fiery pre-game commentary. My first step is to wet the paper and drop in a soft ultramarine blue wash with a half inch flat synthetic brush. Show More Summary

Story of the Australian Stamps

Over on my Instagram feed, I've been featuring the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the Australian dinosaur stamps. My webshop has a limited supply of these signed, first day covers, perfect for the dinophile or stamp collector in your life. Free shipping today, March 10, only.

Making the Animated Short 'KaBoom!'

Stop-motion animator PES shares how he created his short 'KaBoom!' (Link to video) He explains how he associates one object with another, both visually and conceptually. Everyday objects and toys found around the house stand in for the...Show More Summary

Sketchbook exhibition in Singapore

INTERLACE, The Perfect Sketchbook Show from Cherngzhi Lian on Vimeo. Check out this awesome video by Erwin (Cherngzhi) Lian and the people who created the "Perfect Sketchbook." (Direct link to video) Today they opened a gallery show in Singapore with a bunch of artists (including me) who painted in the sketchbooks and offered them to collectors. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Peter Lely trois crayon portrait

Portrait of a Lady, Peter Lely Black, red, and white chalk, on gray laid paper; roughly 9 1/2 x 8 inches (24 x 19 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, NY. Peter Lely, known for his sumptuous and sometimes erotic portraits Read More...

Alex Callaway

Alex Callaway is a UK based artist whose work encompasses pop surrealism, illustration, landscape and portraits. However, on his personal website, Callaway focuses on his still life paintings. These are of simple, commonplace still life subjects, and are painted with finesse and a sense of Read More...

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt riverfront drawing

View over the Amstel from the Rampart, Rembrandt van Rijn Brown ink and wash, roughly 3 1/2 x 7 inches (9 x 18 cm); in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC. Though a number of Rembrandt’s drawings, particularly those of figures or Read More...

Drawing Show in Massachusetts

The Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts is presenting an exhibition of master drawings that spans Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725-1805) The Game of Morra, 1756 Drawings have been a playground for both observation and invention. Show More Summary

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