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Eye Candy for Today: Hanna Hirsch Pauli invites us for breakfast

Breakfast-Time, Hanna Hirsch Pauli There is an often overlooked sub-genre of painting that I particularly enjoy; for lack of a better term, it might be called “outdoor still life”. I’m hard pressed to think of a better example than this stunningly beautiful painting of a 19th century breakfast table in a sun-dappled garden by Swedish […]

Cherngzhi Lian

Cherngzhi Lian is an artist based in Singaapore who works primarily in acrylic and watercolor, as well as drawing media. There are galleries on his website, primarily of scenes from his travels in Bhutan. There is a drop-down menu for subjects, accessed from “Painting” on the left (though I found it cranky in my copy […]

Miranda Meeks

Utah illustrator Miranda Meeks conveys her often dark-edged subjects with a subtle touch, and a refined sense of value and color. She works in both traditional and digital media. Her website arranges her work in several categories (accessed from a drop-down), but unfortunately relies on you to use the browser’s back button rather than allowing […]

John O’Reilly

In urban scenes of walls, corridors, alleys and car parks — that most of use might pass by unnoticed — Irish artist John O’Reilly finds fascination with geometric shapes, muted color, weathered textures and patterns of light and shade. O’Reilly’s website has example of his urban landscapes, as well as wall art and murals. I […]

Cartoons about Modern Art

For more than a century, cartoonists have loved to take aim at modern art.This 1910 cartoon caricatures the paintings themselves. Around them, exhibition patrons express various forms of puzzlement and consternation. In the upper right, an American art student likes the color harmonies. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: N.C. Wyeth illustration

The Passing of Robin Hood, N.C. Wyeth On Wikimedia Commons. If I’m reading the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné correctly, the original is in the New York Public Library. The illustration is from The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Cheswick and N.C. Wyeth. The full edition can be found used; but you […]

Henri Biva

Henri Biva was a French painter of landscapes and floral subjects active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Biva’s naturalistic but somewhat romanticized landscapes often used a theatrical framing device, inherited from Claude Lorrain: dark foreground elements provide a kind of curtain, past which lighter passages beckon the viewer to enter the picture. […]

Ghostly Gaze Illusion

Here's an optical illusion. This woman seems to be looking to our left when we see her up close, but she switches to looking to our right when we back up and look at the same face from across the room. Here are two women with light gray eyes. Show More Summary

Color as Structure at McKenzie Fine Art

. Summer Solos, Part 1: Brenda Goodman    Summer Solos, Part 2: Debra Ramsay I've got two more Summer Solo posts waiting in the wings, but here I want to show your some images from the splendid show Color as Structure, which is on view at...Show More Summary

Zorn's Self Confidence

Anders Zorn (1860-1920) painted this portrait of an executioner in Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) while he was on his honeymoon in 1885. Just 25 years old, Zorn was brimming with self confidence. "I never spent much time thinking about others' art. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Solomon J. Solomon’s Breakfast Table

The Breakfast Table, Solomon J. Solomon On Google Art Project, original is in the Ben Uri Gallery in London, which also counts several other paintings by Solomon in its collection, including the portrait of the artist’s daughter on a pony, which is seen at an angle, hanging on the wall to the right, in this […]

Pablo Jurado Ruiz

Pablo Jurado Ruiz is a Spanish artist and creative director who works in the ink drawing technique of stipple, in which hundreds of tiny dots are laid down in carefully controlled ways to create areas of tone. His website features sections for the individual drawings, with detail crops and often photos of the work in […]

Magic Realism

Magic realism is a genre of art which endows otherworldly significance to ordinary things. The suggestion of death, the hint of history invading the present, or the sense of inanimate objects coming to life is woven into mundane reality. Show More Summary

Kickstarting the "Perfect Sketchbook"

Cherngzhi Lian is Kickstarting a campaign to produce what he calls the "perfect sketchbook," which he worked out after trying pretty much every sketchbook on the market. His ideal book is hardback, pocket-sized and landscape format, with 100% cotton paper and a grayscale on the endpapers for judging the values in the scene. "The Perfect Sketchbook" on Kickstarter

Le Bestiaire Fabuleux

A mid-20th century collaboration between artists, poets and printers gave rise to a unique book of surrealistic creatures accompanied by complementary typographic art poems.The original gouache designs of fabulous beasts were produced by Jean Lurçat, which inspired poems by Patrice de la Tour de Pin. Show More Summary

Restaurant Patron

I was impressed with the striking silhouette of a restaurant patron who was sitting about ten feet away from me. She had cornrows that ended in long braids, big silver earrings, and red horn-rimmed glasses. I opened up my watercolor set and quickly laid down some washes starting with the blue highlight color of her skin. Show More Summary

Not the usual Gauguins

Among the most well known painters in the Impresssionist and Post-Impressionist circles, Paul Gauguin has never been a favorite of mine. But, like Renoir, about whom I have similar feelings, I find Gauguin’s earlier, less well known work more interesting than his later signature style. Like Van Gogh, book authors and museum curators tend to […]

Summer Solos, Part 2: Debra Ramsay

. Part 1: Brenda Goodman When is a walk in the woods not just a walk in the woods? When Debra Ramsay records each color she sees. The tangible result of such a walk is at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden in Chelsea, up through August 1. Debra Ramsay's window installation on West 22nd Street A walk in the woods, repeated seasonally as the colors change, is transposed into a grid

How to Train an Animator

In 1935, Walt Disney wrote an eight page memo to art teacher Don Graham outlining his ideas for how to train an animator. Rico Lebrun works with Eric Larson as he draws a live deer in preparation for Bambi from Eye-Likey It's a snapshot...Show More Summary

Thomas Fuchs

Thomas Fuchs is an illustrator originally from Germany and now based in New York. Fuchs works in a conceptual vein for much of his illustration, seeking out a mental twist to give his image editorial content, while often reducing the image to graphic simplicity. His website shows the images with a brief description of the […]

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