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Vilhelm Hammershøi

If I were to look up “muted palette” in my mental art dictionary, the definition would be a painting by Vilhelm Hammershøi. The Danish painter, active in the late 19th end early 20th centuries, was noted for his enigmatic, poetic interiors — sometimes empty, but frequently occupied by a lone figure. This figure was often […]

Giorgio Morandi, “Peculiar Realist”

Detail of Autoritratto (Self Portrait), 1930, oil on canvas This is the last of the very few self portraits Morandi painted There are several ways I could begin this report. The first would be to tell you that when you walk off the elevator...Show More Summary

Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 2

Today we'll take a look at the second half of Harold Speed's chapter on Modern Art from his 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: J.C. Leyendecker Pilgrim and Football Player illustration

Pilgrim and Football Player, cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1928, J. C. Leyendecker This is on the website of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. The page has fascinating information both about the origins of the association of American Football with the holiday of Thanksgiving, and about […]

SCAD Atlanta makes Scroobius Pips

On this Thanksgiving day, I'd like to give thanks to all the dedicated teachers out there who give their time to inspiring students in art schools. One of those teachers is SCAD Atlanta instructor Rick Lovell. On his blog, he says:"Two classes worked on the Scroobious Pip project this fall quarter. Show More Summary

Lost Property

Lost Property is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 mins) — written, directed and with art by Åsa Lucande. [Via Katherine Trendacosta on io9)  

Warm vs. Cold

With the thermometer dropping, it's getting a little chilly to paint outdoors. In this little 4x4 inch gouache study I was thinking about warm vs. cold in terms of color temperature, too. The fading warm sunlight only partially melts into the icebergs of the buildings. Show More Summary

Patrick O’Keefe

Patrick O’Keefe is an illustrator, visual development and concept artist working in games, tv and print. He is also a muralist for community projects. O’keefe has a nicely crisp, fresh style of digital painting, with lots of texture and atmosphere. I like in particular his space themed concepts, in which he carries forward mid-20th century […]

Karl Friedrich Lessing

Karl Friedrich Lessing was a 19th century German painter who specialized in landscape and history painting. In his landscapes, Lessing was influenced by the Romantic landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich, and Lessing himself became an influential teacher and painter, one of the primary figures in the Dusseldorf school of landscape painting. Lessing reveled in the […]

Portrait of a Theorbo Player

It's not every day that you get to paint a theorbo, which is sort of a lute on steroids. When I heard that theorbo specialist Simon Martyn-Ellis would be playing in Poughkeepsie, I made sure to get a seat in the front row. I used watercolor pencils to outline the shapes. Show More Summary

Renaissance Recorder / The Third Panel

My wife Jeanette joined a Renaissance band. She got her old recorders out of a closet and is putting new corks in the joints.For me, that will mean the chance to paint the musicians when they practice. This one is in gouache.Thirty five...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: William Henry Hunt ink and watercolor interior

Interior of Bushey Church, William Henry Hunt Pen and brown ink and watercolor, roughly 17×13 in. (42x33cm) The link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; the original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC. The NGA has downloadable files, though you need a free account to access the largest one. This […]

Transparents and Opaques in Mixtures

The folks at Vasari put together this video showing what happens to cadmium yellow lemon (opaque) and Indian yellow (transparent) when you mix them with reds and whites. The factor of transparency greatly affects the value and chroma...Show More Summary

Alexandre Reider

Brazilian painter Alxeandre Reider is based in Sao Paulo, where he was born where he studied at the Pan American School of Arts. He also added to his study of painting with several trips to Europe. Reider’s landscapes are often given a dramatic feeling of depth by his use of atmospheric perspective, at times creating […]

Computers are learning to caption photos

For decades, one of the apparently insurmountable challenges in artificial intelligence was getting a machine to see. Caption: “A person riding a motorcycle on a dirt road.” Source: Io9 In order to approach the human capabilities ofShow More Summary

Harold Speed on Modern Art, Part 1

We continue the Friday Book Club with Chapter 2, "Modern Art" in Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book The Science and Practice of Oil Painting.Let's take Roberto's suggestion of breaking this chapter into two parts, so we'll stop at page 20. Show More Summary

Kelly Carmody

Kelly Carmody is a painter based in Waltham, MA, who focuses on portraits and still life. In her still life, Carmody works in a painterly, immediate approach, and has an interestingly different common theme of dead birds along with the more expected florals, food and vessels. Not a completely unusual theme for artists, particularly going […]

The Blot Drawings of Alexander Cozens

Eighteenth century British landscape painter Alexander Cozens promoted a novel technique for generating compositions. He called them "blot drawings" and their purpose was to unlock the imagination by suggesting random shapes and forms. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Alma-Tadema’s Vintage Festival

The Vintage Festival, Lawrence Alma-Tadema Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria. This is another of Alma-Tadema’s stunning evocations of life in classical Italy, in this case, a festival in Pompeii prior to the eruption of Vesuvius. The enlarged versions […]

Rockwell Visits a Country Editor

One of the paintings in tomorrow's auction of American Art at Christie's is "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor." Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor, 1946, oil, 33 x 63 in. It was published in Saturday Evening Post in 1946, one of a series of portrayals of American life that Rockwell did for the magazine in the guise of artist/reporter. Show More Summary

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