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Controlled Watercolor Portrait

Here's an example of a well controlled watercolor portrait from 1874 by Nikolai Yaroshenko. The portrait shows his friend and fellow artist Ivan Kramskoi. A watercolor like this would begin with a careful pencil line outline drawing on fairly smooth paper or board. Show More Summary

Duane Keiser (update)

I first wrote about Virginia painter Duane Keiser back in 2005, when I noticed his blog, a painting a day, on which he was featuring small, postcard size paintings — one a day as he painted them on a makeshift cigar box easel — and placing them for sale on eBay. At the time, this […]

Noble's Backgrounds in "What's Opera, Doc?"

One of the greatest classic short cartoons is "What's Opera, Doc?" a 1957 Warner Brothers Merrie Melodie directed by Chuck Jones.The story features Elmer Fudd as the demi-god Siegfried chasing Bugs Bunny and singing "Kill the Wabbit!"...Show More Summary

Scott Kikuta

Scott Kikuta is a concept artist and illustrator working in the video gaming industry. His credits include Scribblenauts Unlimited, Dungeon Siege II: Broken World, Dungeon Siege II, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, and Halo 3. In a field that is often dominated by heavily rendered approaches, Kikuta has a deft, light touch. He often contrasts […]

Sketching Bohème

Last night we saw Puccini's La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera. We had the privilege of sitting in the front row, with an unobstructed view into the orchestra pit. I sketched bass clarinetist James Ognibene mainly during the scene changes and intermission. Show More Summary

Renato Muccillo

The first thing that struck me about the paintings of Canadian artist Renato Muccillo was his wonderfully subtle sense of value, as well as the range of expression he achieves with an understated use of color. Though some of his compositions are dramatically lit, with dynamic cloud formations portrayed in a full range of values, […]

Some Spring Shows

. It started when Tony Fitzpatrick lamented having sent out postcards for his upcoming solo without the gallery address. I offered to post his info here on the blog. Then I thought: It's spring. Let's see what's coming up in Artlandia. I...Show More Summary

Blashfield and Tradition

Edwin H. Blashfield, Spring Scattering Stars Mural painter Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848-1936) defined tradition this way:. "Tradition is the tribute which the genuine artist pays to the wisdom of the finer souls in the art of all ages.” Blashfield studied at the Pennsylvania Academy, MIT, and in Paris with Bonnat. Read more in his classic book Mural painting in America.

Eye Candy for Today: Boucher’s Madame Bergeret

Madame Bergeret, François Boucher On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-resolution version on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the National Gallery of Art, D.C. I think Boucher’s middle name was “Eye Candy” (or perhaps “bonbons l’oeil”). Many of his paintings were such calculatedly overt bonbons that you just have to give in and enjoy without worrying […]

Prix de Rome: Behind the Scenes

Andre Castaigne, from "Paris of To-day" by Richard Whiteing This illustration from 1900 shows an art student using a lay figure as a model for a Prix de Rome competition painting. Prix de Rome paintings were based on an assigned subject from history, mythology, or the Bible. Show More Summary

Óscar T. Pérez

In addition to his editorial illustration for magazines and newspapers, Spanish illustrator Óscar T. Pérez has illustrated a number of books, many of which are new versions of classics by authors like Dickens, Chekhov, Hans Christian Andersen and Mark Twain. Pérez has a nicely stylized and beautifully textural approach, in which he employs muted color […]

Rijksmuseum’s selection for US President’s visit

The current President of the United States is visiting the Netherlands (I’m reluctant to even mention his name, lest it bring out of the woodwork the internet trolls who feel that any mention of his name is a call to arms to use the comments section to decry how the Affordable Care Act marks the […]

Eye Candy for Today: Daniel Ridgway Knight’s Shepherdess of Rolleboise

The Shepherdess of Rolleboise, Daniel Ridgway Knight On Google Art Project. High resolution downloadable image available on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Brooklyn Museum. I know that Knight’s softly atmospheric pastoral scenes were crafted to be appealing to a certain sensibility, and I’m all-in on that.

Eduardo Pena

Singapore based concept and visual development artist Eduardo Pena has an ability to give his digital paintings an unusually effective feeling of atmosphere and scale. Even among visual development artists, who often strive to achieve those characteristics in their work, Pena has developed his ability to suggest large scale in his scenes, and to set […]

Book Review: Life in the Mouse House

I just finished reading Life in the Mouse House, a memoir by Disney story artist Homer Brightman. It's an unflinchingly honest look at the Disney Studios during the golden years of 1935-1950.It's a lively read, full of anecdotes about pranks and office politics, and it gives an unsparing portrait of Walt Disney himself. Show More Summary

William McGregor Paxton

Like many American painters who started their careers in the late 19th century, William McGregor Paxton began his studies in the U.S., in his case at the Cowles Art School, where he studied with Dennis Miller Bunker, but traveled to Europe to pursue further study. There he attended the Acadamie Julian and at the Ecole […]


Carl Spitzweg, "The Bookworm," 1850 In theatrical illumination, the light is almost never completely uniform. Less important areas of the stage fall into shadow, while the spotlight rivets the attention of the audience on the most important part of the action. Show More Summary

The Four Arts Ball

From the diligent work they produced, one might suppose that the academic artists in 19th century Paris were a quiet, monkish lot. Well, they worked hard, but they partied hard, too. One of the wildest events was the annual Four Arts Ball (Ball Quat'Z'Arts). Show More Summary

Thomas R. Dunlay

Thomas R. Dunlay is a painter from Boston who, on finding the instruction offered in the art school in which he initially enrolled lacking in the traditional methods he sought, turned to individual instruction — first with Boston painter Robert Douglas Hunter, and then with Hunter’s teacher, the renowned R.H. Ives Gammell. Dunlay paints brilliant, […]

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