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Answer to a Concert-Sketching Question

In the next issue of International Artist Magazine (#107), I answer your questions about sketching in concerts. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of those questions and answers. For example—Tomas Quinones asks: “What about low light? Do you bring a small light?” I don’t use reading lights because they’re too attention-getting. Show More Summary

A Short But Touching Film

Here's a short film about a breakup that you will never forget (Link to YouTube)

"Fantasy in the Wild" Reviews

The new tutorial video "Fantasy in the Wild: Painting Concept Art on Location" has been getting some enthusiastic reactions from professionals in various fields: Darren Rousar, painter, publisher, and instructor of the sight-size method, says:"The main focus of the video is Concept Art, something which Richard Lack and R. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today; Titian pen drawing

Trees Near a Pool of Water, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Pen and brown ink, roughly 8×10? (21x24cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; original is in the Harvard Art Museums, which also has a zoomable image — as well as a version here. 16th century Venetian Master Tiziano Vecellio, commonly known as Titian, […]

Donut Jar

It's lunchtime at the diner. I get out the gouache. My eye is on the donut jar. I squeeze out Prussian blue, burnt sienna, and white. I paint the thing without the highlights. They go on last, like the hat before you're out the door....Show More Summary

Abbey Ryan (update)

I first wrote about Philadelphia based painter Abbey Ryan back in 2007. She was a early adopter of the “painting-a-day” regimen and the painter/blogger approach to selling directly to individuals and collectors through the internet, bypassing the traditional gallery system. Ryan studied oil painting with David Leffel at the Art Students League in New York, […]

New Tom Lovell Website

Fans of illustrator Tom Lovell (1909-1997) can now sample from an online gallery of more than 200 images spanning his remarkable career, from the women's and adventure magazines to National Geographic and Western art. Lovell was an artist's...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Metsu’s Woman Reading a Letter

Woman Reading a Letter, Gabriel Metsu Link is to a version on Wikimedia Commons. The original is in the National Gallery of Ireland. This painting of a woman reading a letter, laced with symbolism and implied narrative, was intended as a “pendant” to Man Writing a Letter (the two paintings were meant to hang together […]

Fiction and Nonfiction

Muirhead Bone, World War I reportage sketch, 1918 (source) Here's a philosophical question for discussion: We divide writing into fiction and non-fiction. Why don't we divide art that way?The answer seems obvious at first. Art is fictive...Show More Summary

Six Word Story Winners

We received a lot of entries to the Six Word Story Challenge. They were serious, funny, lighthearted and heartbreaking. It was hard to choose five to spotlight on the blog, but here they are: Matthew Mattingly: "Seventeenth summer. Broadening Outlook. Show More Summary

Harold Speed Chapter 6, Tone Exercises

Happy New Year, everybody, and thanks for visiting the blog. Today we'll take a look at Chapter 6: "Elementary Tone Exercises" from Harold Speed's 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: Henri Harpignies’ View of Moulins

A View of Moulins, Henri-Joseph Harpignies In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the download or zoom icons under the image on their site. At once straightforward and poetic, this view of a town in central France by the Barbizon painter is a beautiful example of the evocative power of watercolor. Harpignies combines solid draftsmanship, […]

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2016!

As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve for the past 10 years, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with a few more of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s babies. These are from a three decade run of The Saturday Evening Post covers from the early 20th century. For more, see […]

William Logsdail

William Logsdail was an English painter active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He painted portraits, still life, history and genre subjects, but was known in particular for his beautiful portrayals of London and Venice, many of which were panted on location. His rich, textural evocations of streets and buildings often feel saturated […]

Fair Fetched: The Wrapup

See You in Miami Fair Fetched: Navigating Miami Part 1, ABMB, Untitled, Pulse Fair Fetched: Navigating Miami Part 2, A Couple of Hotel Fairs Fair Fetched: Navigating Miami Part 3,  Miami Project,  Nada, Scope Fair Fetched: Yes, Pink Fair...Show More Summary

Kay Nielsen’s illustrations for East of the Sun and West of the Moon

East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a classic Norwegian book of fairy tales, most famously illustrated in a 1914 edition by the superb Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen. Taschen has just published a new deluxe, slipcased edition of the book. I haven’t personally seen it yet, but judging from other Taschen volumes, […]

Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre in Winter

The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning, Camille Pissarro In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image on their site. This is part of a remarkable series of views of two of the grand boulevards of Paris, painted from a hotel room over the period of three months […]

Patrick McCormack

This is Patrick McCormack playing the fiddle at Anderson's Thatched Pub, Carrick-On-Shannon, Roscommon, Ireland. He was a farmer who came in late from haying, with bits of hay still on his shoulders. Tired as he was he shared his music with us all and took time to show the young players a thing or two. Show More Summary


Mother is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 minutes) about the weight of maintaing a family and household. The film, done in a Japanese influenced style, was made by a group of third-year students at Sheridan College, led by Stephanie Chew. (For full credits, please see the Vimeo page.) The group calls themselves […]

Street Painting Safety Gear

Street painting in Hudson, New York. To paint a view from the street sometimes means standing in the street. The advantage of the street position is that your view is not blocked by parked cars. Standing in the street means following basic safety precautions. Show More Summary

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