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Brian Miller (Orlin Culture Shop)

Brina Miller is a Colorado based illustrator who brands himself as Orlin Culture Shop. His clients include Adobe, GQ Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and Penguin Publishing, among others. Miller works in a sharp, angular style that feels both modern and delightfully retro (maybe modern-retro-futuristic, or something like that). Show More Summary

Book Review: Sketching from Square One to Trafalgar Square

Richard Scott's new book, "Sketching - from Square One to Trafalgar Square" is a comprehensive introduction to drawing from observation.The book presents practical advice for achieving accuracy, including measuring angles and organizing value shapes. Show More Summary

Underpainting Review of "How I Paint Dinosaurs"

Thanks to Matthew Innis of the "Underpaintings" blog for his extensive review of my instructional video "How I Paint Dinosaurs." Here's an excerpt:"The overall feeling and presentation of the film is “old school,” but “old school” at its best. Show More Summary

Valentin Korotkov

Valentin Korotkov is a Russian painter based in Moscow, who studied at the Art College of the Kharkov Academy of Design and Art. He paints with a brusque, textural style, in which the surface texture and paint application is visible even in small reproductions. His landscapes have a nice quality of casual immediacy, and range […]

Lunch Prep in Casein

For the two hour Quick-Draw event in Dubois, Wyoming, I painted the action in the commercial kitchen where the food crew was prepping lunch. While I painted, I had a GoPro time lapse camera set up in the midst of the scene. (Direct link to video). Show More Summary

Painting from Taxidermy

At the SKB Foundation Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming, most of the painting practice involves landscape painting outdoors, or wildlife painting from photographs indoors. I thought it would also be a helpful exercise for everyone to paint...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jean Robie still life

Flowers and fruit, Jean-Baptiste Robie A stunning tour de force of subtle color, texture, light and dark by the Belgian still life painter. On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales and measures roughly 64×54 inches (164x137cm). As is often the case, the […]

beinArt Collective returns

Founded in 2002 by Jon Beinart as the “beinArt Australian Surreal Art Collective” and expanded internationally in 2006 as the “beinAart International Surreal Art Collective”, the beinArt Collective has long been a web destination, publisher...Show More Summary

Amazing Progress

I was really touched and impressed by a letter I received a couple days ago from blog reader Edward Morris, who was kind enough to allow me to share it with you. He says: Edward Morris, before and after "I discovered you a few years ago while reading an article in an art magazine about the color of the sky that you penned. Show More Summary

Traps on the Coal Cabin

Yesterday we went out to visit John Finley's cattle ranch, a half hour drive down a remote dirt road on the east fork of the the Wind River here in Wyoming.John is a working cowboy and a scrimshandler whose grandfather established the farm over a hundred years ago, not far from Butch Cassidy's spread. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Shishkin’s Mast Grove

The Mast-tree Grove, Ivan Shishkin One of my favorites by the great Russian landscape painter, “Mast-tree Grove”, means a stand of trees suitable for making the masts of large sailing ships. I have to stand back in awe at the way he has handled a subject that could be reduced to sameness in the hands […]

School Bus

Yesterday the high school in Dubois, Wyoming sent a group of their art students out to join us on a ranch to learn plein-air painting. They were mentored by the scholarship students attending the SKB Foundation Workshop here. Most people were painting old wagons or log cabins or picturesque bends in the stream, but I decided to paint the school bus. Show More Summary

“Solstice”: solo exhibition of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary Soho

“Solstice” is the title of a solo exhibition of the work of Aron Wieseifeld at Arcadia Contemporary, Soho, that runs from today to October 3, 2014. There is a book signing at the gallery on Saturday, September 20th at noon, at which Wiesenfeld will be signing copies of his new book, The Well (more here). […]

Yulia Brodskaya

Illustrator and gallery artist Yulia Brodskaya uses colored paper — cut and bent into strips and carefully arranged in linear, textural patterns — to create her images. This is a traditional technique called quilling. Brodskaya’s website has galleries of both her illustration and gallery art, though unfortunately reproduced in small images; which is odd, as […]

Constructing with the Brush

Here's a little sketchbook study I did yesterday at the CM Ranch in Wyoming. It's about 5x8 inches, painted in casein. This detail is about the size of a credit card. I knew when I started that the horses would be moving around. None of them were going to pose for me. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rusiñol bridge

Bridge over a River, Santiago Rusiñol On Google Art Project, high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona. Beautifully direct painterly realism by the Catalonian painter. See my post on Santiago Rusiñol.

“Women Painting Women” at Principle Gallery, Charleston

“Women Painting Women” is a collaborative project, founded by Sadie Valeri, Alia El Bermani and Diane Feissel, that’s been represented by a blog since 2009, and showcased as an annual exhibition at the Principle Gallery in Charleston, SC for the past five years. The title is perfectly descriptive, and the list of highly skilled participating […]

Painting a Saddle in Watercolor

Yesterday I did a watercolor demo of a Western-style saddle at the SKB Foundation workshop here in Wyoming. (Direct link to YouTube video) Here are two stages in the hour-long painting. On the left is the painting halfway finished, with...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Tanner’s Seine

The Seine, Henry Ossawa Tanner Original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, zoomable version here; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. Though not the subject matter for which he is best known, brilliant American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, who spent most of his later career in France, painted a number of beautifully atmospheric […]

Sally Tharp (update)

Since I last wrote about Sally Tharp four years ago, she has expanded her variety of approach and subject matter, added more work to her online portfolio, and is now represented by the Shain Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Her primary source of inspiration and fascination, however, remains with the way light cascades, reflects and refracts […]

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