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Daily Painting, Carol Marine

I’ve been following the “daily painting” phenomenon since 2005, when I wrote about a blog called A Painting a Day by Virginia painter Duane Keiser. Keiser had committed himself to painting one small painting each day and posting it to his blog. I commented at the time that I thought this was a terrific idea, […]

James Bagwell Conducts

Last night, James Bagwell conducted the Bard College Chamber Singers and the Symphonic Chorus in a performance of G. F. Handel's oratorio Esther. Bagwell spent most of the time in a resting position (leftmost pose), as the chorus waited...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edmund Leighton’s The Accolade

The Accolade, Edmund Blair Leighton Image file on Wikipedia, from here. For more, see my posts on Edmund Blair Leighton, and Eye Candy: Edmund Leighton’s neighbor.

Nikolai Lockertsen (Nikko)

Nikolai Lockertsen, who signs his work “Nikko”, is an art director an visual development artist for the film industry, working with Storm Studios in Norway. His approach to digital painting is often rough-textured and gritty, in keeping with the subject matter at hand, but can also be lighter and more cartoony. He frequently casts his […]

Eye Candy for Today: John Hamilton Mortimer’s Frontispiece from Fifteen Etchings

Frontispiece (from Fifteen Etchings Dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds), John Hamilton Mortimer In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; image area is roughly 4 x 10 in. (35 x 25 cm). Whenever I see etchings like this, I’m reminded how much I love the character of etched lines; though similar in many ways, so different from […]

Getting a Likeness at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds created this video about how they create a wax portrait figure. They had the benefit of having the subject, Benedict Cumberbatch, available for measurements and color matches. (link to video)One of the readers of this blog is Jethro Crabb, a painter and sculptor who has worked at Madame Tussauds. Show More Summary

Discovering Dinosaurs, Walters & Kissinger

There is something particularly fascinating about dinosaurs and dinosaur art. Here are the dragons and monsters of myth and story, but actually real — science with all the dazzle and mystery of fantasy. Those of us who remember a fascination with dinosaurs as children, whether or not we have been fortunate enough to keep it […]

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 4

It's Tuesday, time for the new episode of the Dinotopia audio podcast adventure. Just click below or follow this link. Descending the flanks of Volcaneum, Arthur and Will Denison hear Bix's vocal talents, and witness the hadrosaur swamp symphony. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: drawing by Jean “Moebius” Giraud

Drawing by Jean “Moebius” Giraud From the GeekDraw article marking his passing. (See also my post: Jean Giraud (Moebius) 1938-2012). I don’t know if this has a title, many Moebius drawings do not. I think this one is old enough that it was done with ink and watercolor, rather than digital. One of the things […]

Armand Point

Armand Point was an Algerian born French painter, draftsman and decorative artist who was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, but took much inspiration from Leonardo and other masters of the early Renaissance. He is generally considered a Symbolist, which is a loosely defined school of art, and his style varies from the influences mentioned above to […]

Harry Anderson's Photo Reference

When Harry Anderson (1906-1996) set out to illustrate images from his 7th Day Adventist religious faith, he turned to photo reference to give him added realism. Here are the photos next to the finished paintings. It's interesting to compare the changes he made as he went from the reference to the painting. Show More Summary

So, Miami Again This Year

. I'm either an art junkie or a glutton for punishment (or maybe both). This is the ninth year I'm going to Miami to view and report on the art fairs.  Part of me loves it. I mean, where else can you see a world's worth of art in such...Show More Summary

Uncle Joe

Today we'll be fondly remembering Joe Fusillo, one of my uncles on Jeanette's side, who passed away earlier this week. I knew him as a fun-loving, larger-than-life person who organized the kids' games at family parties and he always had everybody laughing.He was a great builder and restorer, and always had ambitious projects in the works. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jean-Baptiste Greuze chalk drawing

Head of a Young Woman, Jean-Baptiste Greuze Red chalk on paper. 16 x 12 inches (41 x 31 cm). In the Morgan Library and Museum. Use download link under image, or zoom version. Greuze has drawn an understated but elegant and remarkably strong study. The hands and bonnet are quickly realized, but the face is […]

Sergio Lopez

Sergio Lopez is a painter based in the San Francisco Bay area, who works with landscape and figurative subjects. His landscapes, both in plein air and more refined studio works, are based on direct observation. His figurative works are more interpretive. Though painted from life models, his figure compositions often incorporate invented decorative elements, floral […]

Gouache Master: Albert Brenet

Albert Brenet (1903-2005) was a French artist who painted primarily in gouache. As a child he loved to paint pictures of ships in port. Ships remained a favorite theme all his life. In 1921 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Show More Summary


Playground is a wordless animated short by Ryosuke Oshiro from the Tokyo Unniversity of the Arts, about a loner schoolboy who finds release from his drab life in school in his fertile imagination. He encounters another, and they have something of a battle of the imaginations. Animated with a soft touch, it puts emphasis on […]

A.B. Frost in Illustration Magazine

A.B. Frost "The Power of the Human Eye" from Stuff and Nonsense, 1913 The new issue of Illustration Magazine has a feature on A.B. Frost (1851-1928), known for his humorous pen-and-ink illustrations and his realistic wash drawings of the American rural scene. Show More Summary

Audubon’s wild turkeys

Great American Hen & Young. Vulgo, Female Wild Turkey. Meleagris gallapavo, John James Audubon Image from Wikipedia, original source: University of Pittsburgh. The American wild turkey is so removed from the rotund form of contemporary commercial farm turkeys as to be almost unrecognizable as related. Like most of our commercial poultry, the latter have been […]

Eye Candy for Today: John William Hill’s Plums

Plums, John William Hill Watercolor, graphite, and gouache on Bristol board, 7 x 12 inches; in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The enlargement on the museum’s website is actually in greater detail than the crops I’ve provided here. I love the rendering of the fruit in this simple, direct study: fastinatingly textural close-up, but naturalistic […]

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