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Maxwell Doig

The most frequent subjects of UK artist maxwell Doig are isolated figures on wonderfully textural backgrounds. The figures seem isolated both in the compositional sense and in the feeling of emotional detachment; they are often absorbed in their own interests. Though obviously posed, frequently in repeated positions, they seem oblivious to both the artist and […]

Boris Bakliza

Boris Bakliza is an illustrator and visual development artist from Serbia, working in the publishing, gaming and animation fields. I enjoy his penchant for combining springy, cartoony drawing with textural rendering, particularly in his depiction of worn or weathered metal surfaces.

Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art

(Link to video) For the last couple of months I've been working hard on a secret project that I can now tell you about. Yesterday Scientific American Magazine announced its May feature called "Rise of the Tyrannosaurs." The article was...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Sargent’s Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose; John Singer Sargent Link is to a zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable, high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, Britain. One of my favorite paintings by Sargent (which is to say, one of my favorite paintings by anyone), this is something of an elaborately constructed fantasy […]

Dinotopia: World Beneath, Episode 11

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 11 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. The dino-strutters emerge in the Rainy Basin, which is inhabited by tyrannosaurs. Show More Summary

New Item

There's a new item in the barn—baby chicks in the incubator. They're posing for their first portrait. Well, actually they don't pose at all. They doze, eat, and poop on a five minute cycle. The sticker is from the grocery store. My other challenge is Handsome the uber-friendly cat. Show More Summary

Enoki Toshiyuki

Enoki Toshiyuki is a contemporary Japanese artist who works in the techniques of traditional lacquer painting, as well as acrylic, oil, metal leaf and ink on canvas. His subjects vary from fantasy and myth to more straightforwardly representational, but all incorporate rich textural elements, and frequently, complex patterns. These elements, combined with subdued color and […]

Baroque Ensemble

Last night we heard a concert by the Bard College Baroque Ensemble in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Dr. Alexander Bonus directs the Bard Baroque Ensemble During the performance, I painted the director Alexander Bonus seated at the harpsichord. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for today: Rembrandt Peale’s portrait of his daughter, Rosalba

Portrait of Rosalba Peale, Rembrandt Peale The link is to a zoomable version on the Google Art Project; there is a downloadable file on Wikipedia; the original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, which also has a zoomable version. As his father, Charles Wilson Peale, had done for him, Rembrandt Peale tutored his daughters […]

Brian Robinson

After a successful career as a graphic designer, during which he painted when possible on the side, UK artist Brian Robinson transitioned into full time gallery art. His crisply realized watercolor landscapes and townscapes glow with...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Adolph Menzel’s Balcony Room

The Balcony Room (Das Balkonzimmer), Adolph Menzel Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikipedia, original is in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin. In addition to Menzel’s wonderfully casual, painterly brushwork, this piece is noted for its interesting composition, in which a large portion of the image is “empty”. To me, […]

Cult of Velázquez

A couple weeks ago, the Grand Palais in Paris opened one of the largest exhibitions of Diego Velázquez in recent years. The exhibition contains 119 works borrowed from public and private collections around the globe. Diego Velázquez,...Show More Summary

Harold Speed, Chapter 2, "Drawing"

John Elliott Burns by Harold Speed, 1907 Today we continue with the GJ Book Club. Together, we're studying Harold Speed's classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Kehinde Wiley (update)

Kehinde Wiley is a New York based artist who I first profiled in 2012. Wiley paints large scale portraits and figures in which he incorporates complex, detailed and often high-chroma patterns and decorative elements. In the rich earth reds and browns in which he paints the dark skin tones of his subjects, Wiley uses a […]

Cornwell's Gangsters

Dean Cornwell, Saturday Evening Post, 1947, "Night Boat from Havana" 21x58 in. At their upcoming May 2 sale of American Art, Heritage Auctions is offering an illustration by Dean Cornwell (1892-1960). A car's headlights shine on a group of captured Cuban gangsters at the waterfront. Show More Summary

Interview in Main Street Magazine

Main Street Magazine just released an interview in connection with the Stamford Museum show. The interview was by artist Brandon Kralik. Kralik: It seems to me that by working in a representational style, by "breaking the rules," itShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park, Gonzales Coques

Portrait of a Married Couple in the Park, Gonzales Coques (attributed to) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin. The portrait of the man has considerably more force and presence than that of the woman, leading me to think that it […]

Denise La Rue Mahlke

Texas artist Denise La Rue Mahlke works in pastel and charcoal in creating her sensitive, atmospheric landscapes. She uses the character of her mediums to advantage to create soft-edged, textural compositions that often have a tonalist feel, particularly when combined with her subtle color sense and often restrained value ranges. My personal reaction to many […]

Dinotopia World Beneath, Episode 10

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 10 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud. As they searchShow More Summary

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