Chinese master Zhaoming Wu did a two-hour figure painting demo in oil yesterday at the Plein Air convention in Monterey, California. Here are a few notes: "I start with three values. At the beginning I keep the treatment of shadows flat, with almost no form, but I keep lots of color. Show More Summary
One of the world’s great museums, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, reopened its doors today after 10 years of renovations. The museum’s centerpiece, Rembrandt’s monumental work Officers and other civic guardsmen of District II of Amsterdam, under the command of Captain Frans Banninck Cocq andLieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the ‘Night Watch’ (above, second down), [...]
There are about 70 faculty artists here at the Plein Air convention, each giving lectures and demonstrations. Some of the demos are conducted indoors on a stage, with giant screens projecting the work as the artists describe their process. Ken Auster set up a canvas the size of a picture window. Show More Summary
I took a break from the inspiring indoor events at the Plein Air convention for another outdoor painting session. Monterey has a number of beautiful vestpocket flower gardens that are in full bloom right now. I concentrated in on four calla lilies. Show More Summary
Giant Redwood Trees of California, Albert Bierstadt. On Google Art Project; click in lower right of image for zoom controls. Original is in the Berkshire Museum (no image). Bierstadt dazzled east coast society with his large scale paintings of a largely untamed continent. Few natural wonders could match these magnificent giant plants. Giant Redwood Trees [...]
We enjoyed the first day of the Plein Air convention in Monterey, California, where more than 800 artists from nine countries have assembled to paint together. Organizer Eric Rhoads claims it's the largest congregation of outdoor oil...Show More Summary
We’re in Monterey, California at the Plein Air convention, and I’ll try to bring you some photos and sketches from the event. Here’s one from the trip over, a TSA guy that I sketched on the airport shuttle.
Though she is a recent graduate of the illustration program at the University of West England, Kate Barley’s style has a mature feel. She takes inspiration in the work of great Golden Age illustrators like Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac and Harry Clarke, with a bit of Aubrey Beardsley and perhaps a touch of early 20th [...]
Paul Schulenburg is a painter originally from New York State who now lives and works in Cape Cod. In the galleries on his website you’ll find a variety of figurative subjects, with people working on the fishing docks and in casual situations, as well as studio figure work. You will also find still life subjects [...]
View from the Quai d’Orsay, Johan Barthold Jongkind. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click on “Fullscreen” and use zoom or download arrow. What might appear, in its wonderful painterly immediacy, to have been painted by a contemporary plein air master, was in fact painted in the mid 1800?s. Jongkind, a Dutch painter who spent [...]
(Direct link to video) A Dutch bank sponsored this dramatic re-enactment of Rembrandt's painting "Night Watch" as a flash mob event in a shopping mall. via BoingBoing
We cherish light at its most fleeting moments, especially during sunrise and sunset. No one captured these effects more compellingly than Frederic Church (American 1826-1900). This one shows the view from his home Olana, as the lastShow More Summary
Tomislav Tomić is an illustrator from Croatia whose illustrations carry influences of both Golden Age illustration and Renaissance printmaking. Tomić works with technical pens (Rotring Isographs), adding color for some pieces with colored inks, watercolor and occasionally acrylics. There is a recent feature on his tools on The Tools Artists Use, which is where I [...]
The second annual Plein Air convention is coming up in less than a week in Monterey, California. I will be giving the kick-off speech on Wednesday. It will be an interesting return for me because I did an oil painting on location there...Show More Summary
(Direct video link) New from Boston Dynamics, a human robot that walks freely and does calisthenics. The overhead cables don't hold it up; they are just for safety. Now Big Dog has someone to take him for a walk. ----- Via BoingBoin...
Oak Grove, Ivan Shishkin. On Wikipaintings. Large version here. Original is in the Kiev National Museum of Russian Art. See my previous Eye Candy post of a Shishkin forest scene (presumably in the same oak forest) and my post on Ivan Shishkin.
As I reported back in 2011, Italian illustrator and comics artist Massimo Carnevale has for some time been posting to his blog, Sketches’natched, a series of his interpretations of various movies (and occasionally tv series). These are apparently done for fun, and it’s fascinating how he pics elements from the movies that, while characteristic of [...]
This is the 2500th post on GurneyJourney. My goal with the blog is simply to have some fun and learn something new every day. To mark the occasion, here's an A-Z list of some favorite posts from the last five and a half years since I...Show More Summary
This is first in an occasional series called "Influentials in the Arts." As we witness the resurgence of realism, plein-air painting, fantasy art, and illustration, most of the attention usually goes to the artists. But these fieldsShow More Summary
Corner of Painter’s Table, Giovanni Boldini On Wikipaintings, high-res version here. Perhaps not the best reproduction, with light reflecting off the surface, but what a bizarre and wonderful composition. I don’t know the location of the original. See my post on Giovanni Boldini.