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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 […]

The Art of Copying

Ilya Repin's portrait of Stasov Photo of the copying room at the Da Fen Oil Painting Village in Buji, Longgang, Shenzhen, China, which employs over 5,000 artists. Blog reader Bob Walsh asked what I thought of the business of art copying.Hi, Bob,It's an interesting problem, though not a new one, except perhaps in the scale of the enterprises. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Constance Marie Charpentier’s Melancholy

Melancholy, Constance Marie Charpentier On Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France. Charpentier is another of those fine French painters from the 18th and 19th centuries about whom we know little, likely because they were female — even though Charpentier won gold and silver medals in the Pais Salons of 1814 […]

Summer Solos, Part 1: Brenda Goodman

This is the first in a series of current and recent solo exhibitions around the region. We start with the painter's painter, Brenda Goodman, at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. The exhibition, which opened last night, is up...Show More Summary

Trost Richards Plein Air Watercolors

The Brooklyn Museum has a good collection of sketchbooks and watercolors by William Trost Richards which give insight into his practice of painting studies on location. William Trost Richards (1833-1905) "Landscape with Tree" This partly finished study is 10 x 14 inches. Show More Summary

Sylvie Daigneault

Sylvie Daigneault is an illustrator based in Toronto. Her clients include Tetley Tea, The Royal Canadian Mint, Publix, American Express, Bell Canada, MTA, The National Ballet of Canada, UTF University of Toronto, Harlequin, MacMillan/McGraw-Hill and Harper Collins. Show More Summary

Computer Time

I painted this watercolor study of my wife Jeanette doing computer time. Normally, of course, the computer gives off a blue light, but this light is from a lamp shining on the warm-colored wall in front of her.

Eye Candy for Today: Degas pencil drawing

Dancer Adjusting her Slipper, Edgar Degas Pencil on colored paper, 13×10 inches (33x24cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Degas did numerous studies, drawings, pastels and paintings of dancers preparing; this seemingly simple pencil drawing has always been one of my favorites. Straightforward and direct, we see Degas seeking out his model’s form and gesture, […]

Paul Cornoyer

Paul Cornoyer was an American painter who worked in the Barbizon and Impressionist styles. Born in St. Louis, he studied there at the St. Louis School of Art, as well as in Paris at the Académie Julian. He spent much of his later career in New York, where he taught an delighted in painting street […]

Trost Richards seascape method

William Trost Richards "British Coastal View (Coast of Cornwall)" circa 1880Oil on paper mounted on artist's board, 8-3/4 x 16 inches (22.2 x 40.6 cm) Here's an oil study by William Trost Richards of the coast of Cornwall. If we hadShow More Summary

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