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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Sargent, Dr. Pozzi at Home (detail), 1881. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles A new exhibition of John Singer Sargent's paintings of friends and fellow artists just opened at the National Portrait Gallery in London, where it will continue through May 25. Show More Summary

Charles Sillem Lidderdale

Charles Lidderdale was a 19th century British painter who specialized in portraits and figures of young women, usually set against bucolic backgrounds, often presented in colorful costumes of gypsies or Spanish dress. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia to English parents, Lidderdale moved back to England with his family as an adolescent. He studied and then […]

Visualizing Sound Waves

In the music video "CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music," Nigel Stanford and his band perform a song on drums and keyboards. The sound waves of the instruments are visualized through a series of analog physics experiments. Although the effects look digital, they're not. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Karl Friedrich Schinkel pen lithograph

Das Schloss Prediama in Crein XII Stund: von Triest (The Castle of Predjama in Carniola, Twelve Hours from Trieste), Karl Friedrich Schinkel In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use zoom or download icons below the image. This striking print by the German artist, active in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, is a pen […]

The Sleeping Dogs of Cecil Aldin

Cecil Aldin (1870-1935) was a British illustrator who loved to draw dogs. He illustrated a book called Sleeping Partners featuring his dogs "Cracker," a white bull terrier, and "Micky," a dark Irish wolfhound. Micky was the tolerant type who would let his buddy walk all over him. Show More Summary

Embassy in Yemen Closes

Sad to see that the USA removed its ambassadors from Sanaa, Yemen today. It was just a few years ago that they had one of my paintings there as part of the Art in Embassies Program.

Dinotopia museum exhibition opens this weekend

"Birthday Pageant" from Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Oil on canvas mounted to panel A Connecticut newspaper has released a feature article about the upcoming Dinotopia exhibition at the Stamford Art Museum and Nature Center. I'll be...Show More Summary

Cristóbal Pérez García

Cristóbal Pérez García is a contemporary Spanish painter who captures his landscapes — and in particular, his urban scenes — with fresh, immediate brush work, lively color and a sure feeling of naturalistic light and shadow. When viewing the galleries of work on his website, be sure to open your browser window as wide as […]

World Beneath Podcast Episode 2

Last week we began airing the first episode of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. Now it's time for Episode 2.You can listen to the episode with the play button above or at the Soundcloud link. In this episode we meet Lee Crabb again, who offers Arthur some advice about traveling into the World Beneath. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Eugène Ciceri winter scene

Winter Scene with Two Men, Eugène Ciceri In the Metropolitan Museum of Art Use the zoom or download icons under the image. Ciceri’s wonderful evocation of winter is at once both drawing and painting; naturalistic and stylized; controlled and free; monochromatic and yet rich with “color” in a way similar to Chinese ink paintings.

Chris Turnham (update 2015)

Chris Turnham is an illustrator who works in film and television as well as publishing. His crisp, lively images of architecture, streets, people and plants always seem loose and free, despite their exacting draftsmanship and use of hard edges. Largely, I think, this is due to Turnham’s deft use of close color and value relationships, […]

Making It Documentary

(Link to video)Producer Tony Moorman is about to release an hour-and-a-half video about the trials and tribulations of making a living as a professional artist.The small crew traveled to various artists' studios, and interviewed a large number of people at Spectrum Live in Kansas City and Comic Con in San Diego. Show More Summary

Gibson featured in Illustration magazine

The upcoming issue of Illustration magazine (Issue #46) features the work of Charles Dana Gibson. Gibson (1867-1944) was an illustrator from the Golden Age whose portrayals of self-confident women became a style icon known as the 'Gibson...Show More Summary

The Other Abstract Art Movement

Left: Female Bust by Picasso, 1937. Right: Popeye by E.C. Segar, 1929-1937 While Picasso was experimenting with abstraction in the world of galleries and museums, another abstract art movement was playing out right under people's noses in the realm of comic characters. Show More Summary

Paul Cesar Helleu

Though he painted landscapes and still life, and worked in oil, French artist Paul César Helleu was known primarily for his beautiful portraits of turn of the century society women, done primarily in pastel, chalk and drypoint etching. Helleu entered the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts at an early age, studying in the academic tradition under […]


(Following text quoted from Wikipedia) Dreamland was an ambitious amusement park at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City from 1903 to 1911.Dreamland was supposed to be refined and elegant in its design and architecture, compared toShow More Summary

Zezhou Chen

Zezhou Chen is a Chinese concept artist and illustrator working for the gaming industry. His subjects are usually of fantasy or science fiction themes. The latter includes a nicely retro-future piece that is part of a group project called “Retro“. His website includes galleries of his work for book covers, games and various personal projects. […]

Lessons from a Kickstarter Campaign

Last summer, Cherngzhi (Erwin) Lian of Singapore conducted a Kickstarter campaign to create "The Perfect Sketchbook"—a pocket-size gem with artist-grade cotton watercolor paper and a built-in gray scale. The campaign was successful, raising $53,850, just over the goal. Show More Summary

Interactive Sketchbook Contest

A lot of artists are having fun making their drawings interact with the real world, so I thought we could do a contest here on GurneyJourney.The idea is to draw or paint a picture in your sketchbook that relates in some way to actual objects in the environment around it and then take a photo of the interaction. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Peder Krøyer’s Luncheon

A luncheon. The artist, his wife and the writer Otto Benzon, Peder Severin Krøyer Link is to zoomable version on Google Art project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Hirschsprung Collection, Copenhagen. Group portrait, self portrait, room interior or still life — Kroyer’s simple but beautifully painted domestic scene works brilliantly in […]

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