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Théodore Rousseau

Étienne Pierre Théodore Rousseau was one of the first of the French painters to be attracted to the gnarled trees, bolder-strewn hillsides and deep forests of Fontainebleau, and after visiting frequently, one of the first to move to the small nearby village of Barbizon, where he became one of the premiere painters of the Barbizon […]

LA Street-Light Colors

LA Streetlights, before (left half) and after (right half) c/o LA Curbed and LA Bureau of Street Lighting Los Angeles is in the midst of a major street light replacement program. They are changing out the sodium vapor lights (left) and...Show More Summary

Alaska Art Adventure Opportunity

The Voices of the Wilderness is an art residency program that pairs intrepid artists with wilderness rangers. Participants not only fill sketchbooks, but they also get a chance to learn about research, monitoring, and education. Over...Show More Summary

Big Cat Safari

Together with a company of dedicated wildlife artists, Spanish paleoartist Mauricio Antón has been leading sketching safaris to northern Botswana in search of the big cats.Mr. Antón also makes splendid videos of the experience. In this one, he talks about the structure of the lion's head and what it's like to see lions in the wild. Show More Summary

Charlotte Mann

I would venture a guess that most artists, at some point in their childhood, drew on walls in their house. (For my own experience, see my post about Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon.) Charlotte Mann is a British artist who draws on walls as an adult — and gets paid for it! Mann […]

A Few Installations

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

Menzel Armor Study

This small study of armor by Adolph Menzel sold at auction last month for two million Euros. The pre-sale estimate was estimated between €100,000 and €150,000. Menzel did several studies of armor in the 1860s, and they all have a lifelike quality, as if they're animated and looking at you.Link to articleThanks, Christian

Eye Candy for Today: Caravaggio’s basket of fruit

Basket of Fruit, Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio) Image on Wikimedia Commons, with an article about the painting on Wikipedia. The original is in the Biblioteca Pinacoteca Academia Ambrosiana, Milan (not much in the way if info or images). This striking still life by the 16th century Italian master is in contention for being the […]

Fair and Loathing: Small and Mid-Size Paintings

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 Eten Adnan's small paintings...Show More Summary

Dinotopia Episode 6

Today we continue with Episode Six of the serialized podcast of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the Soundcloud file.Are there meateaters in Dinotopia? You bet! And in this episode we see what happens when you encounter them. Show More Summary

Gender Issues

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFsFair and Loathing: Big Paintings Fair and Loathing: Art? Not Art? . Seeing Elmgreen & Dragset's sculpture of a little boy...Show More Summary

Animal Drawing at Otis

Great schools are made up of great teachers, and one of them is Gary Geraths, who teaches animal drawing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has brought in camels (and belly dancers) to his class so that students can...Show More Summary

Art? Not Art?

. While I work on another post about paintings, how about a little Art or Not Art? Answers at the bottom of the post. No cheating. 1. Art or Not Art? 2. Art or Not Art? 3. Art or Not Art? 4. Art or Not Art? 5. Art or Not Art? 6. Art or Not Art? 7. Art or Architecture? Bonus round: Art or Cupcake? ....And the Answers are: 1. Art. Brian Richmond at

Five Lesson from Sargent's "Escutcheon"

Let's take a look at the watercolor "Escutcheon of Charles V of Spain" by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) compared to a photo of the actual thing. Here are a few of my takeaways: The heraldic insignia or escutcheon of Charles V of Spain, part of a sixteenth century fountain at the Alhambra in Granada. Show More Summary

Fair and Loathing: Big Paintings

Fair and Loathing: The Best of times, The Worst of Times  Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs There was a lot of painting at the fairs. A lot. Figuration and abstraction, gestural and geometric, contemporary and modern, young artists and veteran painters, from blue-chip galleries and emerging dealers. Show More Summary

Adrienne Stein

Adrienne Stein is a painter living outside of Lancaster PA, whose recent works are primarily figurative, though you will also find still life and landscape in her website galleries. Many of her figures and portraits incorporate floral, still life or other elements, arranged decoratively, but rendered with an eye to traditional realism. Some of her […]

Eye Candy for Today: Hubert Robert architectural fantasy

The Bathing Pool, Hubert Robert In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another bit of 18th century idealized landscape and architectural fantasy from Hubert Robert. Ready to trade in your gym membership?

Hugh Ferriss — Drama in Architecture

Hugh Ferriss was an architectural illustrator known for his dramatic renderings of early skyscraper designs. He sketched from observation, but he also worked from imagination when commissioned to visualize proposed structures. Here's an example of a rendering of a proposed building, the Convocation Tower designed by Goodhue in 1924. Show More Summary

John Howe Exhibit

Yesterday, an exhibition of John Howe's artwork opened at the Maison d' Ailleurs museum in Yverdon, Switzerland. John Howe is a Canadian artist living in Neuchâtel who has worked alongside Alan Lee as the main concept artist on Peter Jackson's films The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.For more information, visit Maison d' Ailleurs.

Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs

You know the old saw: Two's a coincidence, three's a trend. An amuse oeil for you while I plow through the painting pictures. Ladies and Gentlemen, The Stones Immediately apparent on my first walk-through of the big fair, rocks became more visible the more I looked and then showed up at most of the other fairs. Show More Summary

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