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Eye Candy for Today: Tanner’s Seine

The Seine, Henry Ossawa Tanner Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, zoomable version here; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Though not the subject matter for which he is best known, brilliant American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, who spent most of his later career in France, painted a number of beautifully atmospheric […]

Sally Tharp (update)

Since I last wrote about Sally Tharp four years ago, she has expanded her variety of approach and subject matter, added more work to her online portfolio, and is now represented by the Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Her primary source of inspiration and fascination, however, remains with the way light cascades, reflects and refracts […]

John Seerey-Lester

Portrait sketch of Sir John Seerey-Lester, fellow instructor at the SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming.

How to Sharpen a Pencil for Drawing – Karl Gnass

At first I though this would be superficial, and though it does go through the basics we all think we know from art school, I’ve been sharpening artist pencils for more years than I can count, and I learned a few things. Karl Gnass transitioned from a career as concept and storyboard artist into teaching […]

Video of the antique boiler

Here's a short behind the scenes look at the gouache painting of the antique steam boiler at Fairplay, Colorado. (Direct link to video)

Eye Candy for Today: Bouguereau’s Work Interrupted

Work Interrupted, William-Adolphe Bouguereau Image on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College. Beautifully controlled values and subtle, reserved color in this fanciful depiction of a young woman distracted from her work of winding balls of wool by thoughts of romance, in the person of Cupid, who delicately dabs her ear […]

Gobelins graduating student animations 2014

Each year for the past 9 years, I’ve been highlighting the annual series of student short animations from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris, that are used as introductions for the daily events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in the spring. I’ve been lax, however, in pointing out the […]

Rolling Studio

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) devised an itinerant artists' wagon in 1852. He wrote: "A Design for an Artist waggon to sketch and paint in.""During windy and rainy weather, no time is lost on account of the hot or cold air. This vehicle with glass windows can by drawn by hand, or behind a waggon if the painter should not wish to keep a horse. Show More Summary

Charles Muench

Nevada painter Charles Muench primarily paints landscape and figures, sometimes combining the two in paintings of figures or portraits in the landscape. Some of these take on the subject of nude figures wading in the shallow water of streams, in obvious admiration for the work of Swedish master Anders Zorn. Muench also shows his respect […]

Product Review: Travel Brush Set

Yesterday I did a painting using the Richeson Travel Brush Set, a collection of short handled brushes that come in their own stiff protective case.The case opens to display the brushes while you're working. Each brush tucks into its own elastic holding strap. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Canal scene by Jan van der Heyden

Amsterdam City View with Houses on the Herengracht and the old Haarlemmersluis, Jan van der Heyden In the Rijksmuseum. Van der Heyden combined views of two different locations in Amsterdam — one of the canal and lock, another of the row of houses — to create his composition.

Painting a Mountaintop View

High above Salida, Colorado is a lookout tower with a grand view of the town below, so I went up there to try to cram four square blocks into my little paintbook. (Direct link to YouTube video) I'm using casein with flat brushes, and diving in directly without an underdrawing. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Richard Wilson chalk drawing

The Arbra Sacra on the Banks of Lake Nemi, Richard Wilson On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Yale Center for British Art. Noted 18th century landscape painter Richard Wilson, who spent much of his time in Italy, gives us a beautifully direct observation of a tree at […]

Abbott Color Wheel

Russ Abbott is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a gamut mask tool that lets tattoo artists select exactly the color scheme they want from the wide range of available ink colors.Abbott Color Wheel on KickstarterColor and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, #1 on Amazon/Painting

Social Media

Alone together. People doing social media at a café in Colorado Springs.

ImageS Magazine 13 released

Back in May of this year, I wrote about the effort to publish The Vadeboncoeur Collection of ImageS #13. Long time publisher and classic illustration enthusiast Jim Vadeboncoeur was looking to KickStarter to raise the funds to publish the the ultimate issue of his 13 year labor of love, with a fantastic selection of classic […]

Portable Boiler

We spent Monday morning at the South Park City historical museum in Fairplay, Colorado, a place where Jeanette and I sketched over 30 years ago. I liked the Steampunk spirit of rust, rivets, and spokes of this portable boiler, used by 19th century miners to operate the rock crushing machines. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Charlemont’s Moorish Chief

The Moorish Chief, Eduard Charlemont On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There is the commonly encountered color discrepancy between the Google Art Project version and the Philadelphia Museum’s online version. In this case, I think the museum got it right, and the Google […]

Ken Knight

Ken Knight is an Australian plein air painter who paints with superb economy, rich color and a beautifully textural surface, for which the word “painterly” seems inadequate. Though it’s difficult to see in small reproductions, in larger images, his brush marks flow, scrape, jitter and dash across the surface — defining forms, carving out depth […]

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