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Gabriel von Max

Gabriel Cornelius von Max was a Czech/Austrian painter who was active in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. Among his fascinations were parapsychology, mysticism and Asian philosophy, as well as anthropology and Darwinism. Likely from his interest in the latter, he kept a family of monkeys on his property, studied them and painted them, […]

Seb Lester's Lettering Tools

The video begins: "My name is Seb Lester. I'm a designer and artist based in the U.K. The focus of all of my work is letterforms." (Link to video) New works from Seb Lester from Seb Lester on Vimeo. Seb Lester's calligraphy is best known from a series of videos showing a wide range of calligraphy styles. Show More Summary

Watercolor Ban Announced in California

California has just announced sweeping new restrictions on water use that will affect working artists. The ban applies not only to watercolor, but also to acrylic, casein, gouache, and other water media. Pencils and pastels and other dry media are not affected.

New group of Equihominids discovered

Scientists who exhumed the original skeleton of Equihominid aprilis near Volos, Greece in 1980 report that they have uncovered more than a dozen new individuals in the exposed shoreline sediments near Samsun in northern Turkey."The preservation...Show More Summary

New online collection from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

A number of art museums have been revitalizing their websites as they begin to realize what a powerful tool they are for public relations, as well as for their theoretical mission of education. While not all can aspire to the gold standard set a few years ago by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many are […]

Dinotopia: World Beneath, Episode 9

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 9 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. Arthur, Oriana,Show More Summary

Adam Rex (update)

Adam Rex is a children’s book illustrator and writer, who I first profiled back in 2007. His books include the well received Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; a more recent series called the Cold Cereal Saga, the titles from which include Champions of Breakfast and Unlucky Charms; and a 2009 title, The True Meaning of Smekday, […]

Walter Launt Palmer Exhibition in Albany, NY

American impressionist Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932) was known for three themes: snowy forests, Venetian lagoons, and opulent interiors. To all three of those subjects he brought an evocative feeling for light and color. An exhibition of Walter Launt Palmer at New York State's Albany Institute of History and Art features all three of those themes. Show More Summary

Remembering John Renbourn

John Renbourn, the eclectic guitarist who co-founded Pentangle, died at his home in Scotland on Thursday. I sketched him during a concert that he gave with Robin Williamson in 1995 in a little country church at Copake Falls, New York.Remembrance on National Public Radio

Alfred Wahlberg

19th century Swedish landscape painter Alfred Wahlberg studied briefly in Stockholm and in Dusseldorf, but took influence from his exposure to modern French painting in Paris; and his work shows both the dark moodiness of the northern schools and the brighter palette of the French painters. In much of his work, even pieces that I […]

Portrait of Inventor Dominic Wilcox

(Link from YouTube) Dominic Wilcox is an artist, designer, and inventor who builds working prototypes of delightfully bizarre concepts, such a stained-glass driverless car, GPS shoes that guide you where you want to go, and a hearing device that reverses right and left inputs. Show More Summary

Chuck Jones Exhibit in Texas

The Fort Worth Museum of Science is currently presenting an exhibition of the animation art of Warner Brothers director Chuck Jones."Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Show More Summary

Announcing the Friday Book Club

Most of what I know about painting and art history I learned from old books, and every once in a while I like to reread them, because learning is a lifelong process.That led to an idea. What if we created a free forum on the blog where...Show More Summary

Leah Lopez

Though she also works with figurative, landscape and cityscape subjects, still life is the primary focus of New York based artist Leah Lopez. It was a particular quality of her still life paintings that most captured my attention. For lack of a better word, I might call it “presence”. Her still life subjects have immediacy, […]

High-tech glasses may help remedy color blindness

The normal perception of color depends on having distinct sets of color receptors, including green cones and red cones, each of which has a peak sensitivity to a slightly different wavelength of light. Simulated cause and effect of color...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Childe Hassam’s Washington Arch, Spring

Washington Arch, Spring, Childe Hassam The link is to a zoomable version on the GoogleArt Project; there is a downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC. What has always fascinated me about this painting — one of Hassam’s most recognizable works — is the seeming defiance of compositional […]

Suggested Donation Interview

James Gurney, Jay Braun, Tony Curanaj, and Edward Minoff Tony Curanaj, sketched by Jeanette during interview Earlier this month, Jeanette and I visited Grand Central Atelier in Long Island City, New York.Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff,...Show More Summary

Aug(de)Mented Reality, Part 3

Hombre McSteez, also known as Marty Cooper, strikes again with a new compilation of madcap plein-air animations (Link to YouTube).Cooper creates the films by shooting a series of stills with his iPhone. He draws the cartoon creatures with paint pens and a Sharpie on many sheets of transparency film held up in front of real scenes.

Joshua Middleton (update)

Joshua Middleton is an illustrator, comics artist, concept artist and art director who I first wrote about in 2006. At the time, he was primarily working in comics; since then, he has worked in film and television for clinents liks Universal, Lionsgate, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation and Warner Brothers; and as a cover artist for […]

World Beneath Podcast, Episode 8

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 8 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. Here's the link to the MP3 file on Soundcloud, or you can click the play button below: Will Denison prepares his skybax for a dangerous mission into the Rainy Basin. Show More Summary

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