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Art Renewal Center (update)

As I mentioned in my article on the 10 year anniversary of Lines and Colors, my first post was on August 22, 2005, and it was about the Art Renewal Center, a long-standing bastion of representational realism on the web. At the time I had both enthusiasm and some reservations for ARC, and I suppose […]

All Hail Lord Carrington!

Illuminated Appreciation Albums From 1885 to 1890 Lord Carrington was a popular Governor of NSW. He and his wife were held in such high regard by the people of NSW that a grand series of presentation albums was created by various community...Show More Summary

Baby Tattoo 10 Year Exhibit

The Oceanside Museum of Art opened an exhibition yesterday called the Baby Tattooville Carnival of Astounding Art, which looks back on ten years of the pop surrealist art gathering inspired by Bob Self. Detail of 2009 Baby Tattooville...Show More Summary

Russian Academic Books on Drawing and Painting

The revival of academic drawing and painting in America and Europe has largely been guided by the republication of the book by Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme.But there are other ways of approaching the teaching of academic drawing,...Show More Summary

10 years of Lines and Colors

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my first post on Lines and Colors, on August 22, 2005. My initial intention for the blog — which you can read more about here — is still basically the same: to introduce my readers to wonderful art and artists that they may not be familiar with, or to […]

Eye Candy for Today: Vermeer’s Young Woman with a Water Pitcher

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, Johannes Vermeer In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image on the museum’s website. Of the 35 or 36 Vermeer paintings acknowledged to exist, I’ve had the good fortune in my time to have seen perhaps 20 in person. […]

GJ Book Club: Chapter 20 "Materials"

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 20: "Materials" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.In this chapter, Speed talks about a wide range of drawing media and the capabilities that each one offers. Show More Summary

Works on Paper at Arcadia Contemporary

This is one of those wonderful group shows in which there is a common theme (simply works on paper), a broad variety of approaches, media and technique, and a high level of skill among the participants. There is a sub-theme, in that 17 of the works were done specifically at a size that could be […]

Rötig's Wild Boars

Georges-Fre?de?ric Rötig, Wild Boars in a Wood Under Snow, gouache Georges-Fre?de?ric Rötig was a French artist born in 1873 who painted many kinds of animals, including lions, deer, and pheasants. But he especially enjoyed portraying wild boars, a popular game animal in France. Show More Summary

Viscous Forms Melting in CGI

There's something mesmerizing about watching little dragons made of semi-viscous cookie batter falling helplessly into heaps and melting into each other. (Link to YouTube)

Jordi Lafebre

Spanish comics artist and illustrator Jordi Lafebre works for both the Spanish and the Franco-Belgian comics audience, the latter being the largest in Europe. He notably teamed with writer Zidrou for the highly regarded graphic albums Lydie (FR) and La Mondaine (FR) from French publisher Dargaud. I particularly admire Lafebre’s succinct but visually charming rendition […]

Reminder: Outdoor Market in Gouache

Eugene Galien Laloue (1854 - 1941) La Gare de l'Est. 39 by 69.5cm., 15 1/2 by 27 1/4 in. gouache on paper In case you missed the announcement late last month, I've issued the challenge to paint an outdoor market in gouache using three colors and white. Show More Summary

Hsin-Yao Tseng

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Hsin-Yao Tseng studied painting in the U.S. at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Tseng varies his approach, from refined and finished to loosely gestural, often with areas of the canvas left unpainted. At times he combines the two approaches to superb effect, with a refined subject appearing to […]

Hoffbauer's Civil War Mural Sketches

Charles Hoffbauer (1875-1957) painted a series of murals about the Civil War known as the Memorial Military Murals. They're in Richmond, Virginia, and they have recently been restored. The Virginia Historical Society owns the sketches that Hoffbauer did in preparation for painting the murals. Show More Summary

New Illustration History Website

Last weekend the Norman Rockwell Museum introduced a new illustration history website, which provides an rich resource for fans, collectors, and scholars. The website includes capsule summaries of each period of illustration, starting in the Paleolithic, and going all the way through the 20th century decade by decade. Show More Summary

Alice Pike Barney

American painter and pastellist Alice Pike Barney was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — a time when outspoken, involved, skilled and independent-minded women like herself were the model for what was seen by proponents of early feminism as the “New Woman”. Based in Washington, DC, she travelled to Paris, where here […]

Portraits by Maurice de la Tour

Maurice Quentin de la Tour (1704-1788) was a French portrait painter. His self portraits often showed himself confident and smiling, radiating charm and equanimity. Overcoming his parents objections, he left home as a teenager to go to Paris to pursue his craft. Show More Summary

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart is a Texas based watercolor painter and architect. Though his architectural training shows in his adept representation of rural buildings and interior spaces, I find it interesting that the majority of his paintings appear to focus on organic landscape elements and portraits rather than citycapes. Stewart lists among his influences Winslow Homer, Andrew […]

Dancing with a Pig

This 1907 dance routine between a lady and a guy in a pig costume was probably based on a Vaudeville performance. They dance together for a while and then the pig is embarrassed when his clothes come off. They bow to the audience and...Show More Summary

GJ Book Club Chapter 19: Harold Speed on Procedure

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 19: "Procedure" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.This is a short chapter, but it's crammed full of valuable pointers about the importance of intentionality in drawing. Show More Summary

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