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Bruno Liljefors and the Fox

The Swedish wildlife artist Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939) spared no effort to achieve a lifelike quality in his paintings. He skipped social gatherings so that he could rise early and go into the countryside to lie motionless for hours,...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edwin Austin Abbey scene from Shakespeare

“King Lear”, Act I, Scene I; Edwin Austin Abbey In the Metropolitan Museum of Art, use zoom link or download arrow under image. Also, larger, somewhat brighter image on Wikimeda Commons. Usually the Met’s images are pretty accurate, but I happen to like the one from Wikimedia Commons a little better in this case, so […]

Kickstarting a Will Davies Art Book

Will Davies was the premier Canadian illustrator of the Mad Men era. He's 91 years old now, not painting anymore, but he's still going strong, sharp as ever. (link to video) Leif Peng, right, who created the Today's Inspiration blogShow More Summary

Final Questions about Gouache

James Gurney, Calla lilies, watercolor and gouache Joseph Gyurcsak, an artist and brand manager for Utrecht art supplies, wrote to me in the middle of Gouache Week offering to answer any remaining questions. He told me that he worked...Show More Summary

Banana Pudding Cake

After finishing my scrambled eggs this morning at the diner, I painted the still life on the counter in front of me. And then I made a one minute video about it (Link to video) The banana pudding cake sits on a paper doily in its covered cake stand. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Louis Comfort Tiffany gouache sketch

Woodland Interior, Louis Comfort Tiffany Watercolor and gouache on tan paper, roughly 16×22? (40x56cm), in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. James Gurney has a nice post on his blog today about some of his favorite gouache Masters, which prompted me to think of a few artists who did beautiful work in gouache, though they were […]

Luigi Loir

I’ve written previously about three of the four late 19th and early 20th century painters whose styles are sometimes called “Parisianism”, or more simply “Painters of Paris”, Eugéne Galien Laloue, Edouard-Léon Cortès and Antoine Blanchard. Never a formal group, these were just painters working in slightly different times, with similar intentions and shared influences. They […]

Some of My Favorite Gouache Masters

Over the years, gouache has attracted some brilliant painters. Here are some virtuosi: Menzel, The Interior of the Jacobskirche at Innsbruck, 1872, 15 3/4 × 10 5/16 in. Adolph Menzel (1815-1905) This long-lived German artist made important...Show More Summary

GJ Book Club: Chapter 12, Unity of Line (Part 2) Curved Lines

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 12: "Rhythm, Variety of Line" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface. If you would like to respond to a specific image or point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number. Show More Summary

Painting Dan Gurney's "Pepsi Challenger"

When I was in southern California last fall, I painted the "Pepsi Challenger," a Formula 1 race car designed and built by my cousin Dan Gurney and his team back in 1981 (link to YouTube video).Dan let me set up my sketch easel in his museum, and I interviewed him about the car. Show More Summary

Peter “Pete the Street” Brown

Peter brown is British painter, whose dedication to location painting and penchant for working in all manner of weather conditions, often in the streets in the midst of the bustle of city activity, has earned him the nickname of “Pete the Street”. Brown paints in his home base of Bath in southwestern England, and on […]

Eye Candy for Today: Rose Adélaïde Ducreux self portrait

Self portrait with a Harp, Rose Adélaïde Ducreux In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the download arrow under the image for larger version. Rose Adélaïde Ducreux, who studied with her father, painter Joseph Ducreux, here portrays herself with a harp and in a luxuriously finessed gown that dominates the work. I suspect that, like […]

Painting "Brownies" Comic Characters

In this mini trailer segment from "Gouache in the Wild," I visit the antique toy collection of Mel Birnkrant to paint his "Brownies" candy containers in acryla gouache (Link to YouTube) I'm fascinated by the character design from a century ago. Show More Summary

Gouache demo today on ConcertWindow

Here's the gouache landscape I painted "in the wild" today during the hour-long live webcast on ConcertWindow. Thanks to the 150 of you who joined in from as far as Australia, Russia, Argentina and all over the USA!

Meet Cameron the iPad Holder

Meet "Cameron" the iPad holder with a little sculpted face on the side. (I made the face out of Model Magic). The pupil of his eye is really a hole above the iPad's camera to remind me to "look the viewers in the eye" and also that the CAMERA-is-ON.I'll be using him for my gouache painting live webstream today at 4:00 NY time on ConcertWindow. Show More Summary

Noah Bradley

Noah Bradley is a concept artist and illustrator, known in particular for his work on the “Magic: The Gathering” card-based games. A number of the works on his website are from an ambitious personal project, titled “The Sin of Man”, which also has a dedicated website. You can find additional work in his deviantART gallery. […]

Contest: Paint a Gas Station in B&W

If you're eager to get going with gouache, why not join this contest? The challenge is to paint a gas station in black and white gouache on location. Gas Pump, gouache, by Thomas Kinkade, 1981 For inspiration, here's one of my favorite little paintings. Show More Summary

Painting Within a Value Gamut

Gouache Week continues with a brief trailer / sampler from the feature Gouache in the Wild. This time Jeanette and I are painting an ordinary gas station while our car is being fixed nearby. (Link to Video) Color gamut, value gamutIn terms of hue, this is a complementary gamut of blue grays vs. Show More Summary

Painting the Produce Case

Produce Case, gouache, 5x8 inches, painted at the Hannaford, Kingston, NY Earlier today I walked into the supermarket and was mesmerized by the produce case. The oranges, limes, and lemons were reflected in the big mirrors behind them, and I knew I just had to paint them right then and there. Show More Summary

Andrew Bonneau

Andrew Bonneau is an Australian artist currently living in New York, where he studied at the Grand Central Academy of Art. I was struck first by his still life paintings, in which he gives attention to delicate nuances of light in the presentation of his forms. He carries that same attention to the illumination of […]

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