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Peking Opera Figures

Album of 100 Portraits of Personages from Chinese Opera Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)Date: late 19th–early 20th centuryCulture: ChinaMedium: Album of fifty leaves; ink, color, and gold on silkArtist: Unidentified"In the opera boom...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Abraham Mignon still life

Still Life with Fruit and a Cup on Cock’s Legs, Abraham Mignon In the Rijksmuseum. Ostensibly a still life, Mignon’s not-so-still composition is actually teeming with insect, arachnid and mullusk life, in addition to the beautifully rendered plant forms and man made objects — not to mention the cock’s leg base for the decorative cup […]

Scott Pollack

Editorial illustrator Scott Pollack works in a rendered watercolor cartoon style, and is noted in particular for his covers for Barron’s magazine, for which he (somehow) keeps coming up with fresh takes on the iconic bull and bear symbols of Wall Street’s manic swings. [Via The iSpot]

Elzie Golden

Elzie Ray Golden studied at the School of Visual Art in NY and the University of Arizona. During his military service he was a soldier-artist, documenting his experiences and eventually training other soldier-artists and joint services multimedia illustrators. I can only find a few sources for his work, and no information about him post military […]

Dinotopia Podcast, Episode 1

Every Tuesday for the next three months here on GurneyJourney I'll be sharing a new episode of an audio presentation of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time. To listen, click the orange play button below, or follow the link to the SoundCloud file. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Whittredge’s Trout Pool

The Trout Pool, Worthington Whittredge In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the younger generation of the Hudson River School painters, Whittredge often favored intimate forest scenes as much as large dramatic landscapes. Here, through the framing device of the dark mature trees, their leafy canopy and the fallen log, we are invited to […]

Richard Anderson

Like a stage magician, concept artist and illustrator Richard Anderson deals in suggestion illusion. With an adept skill for suggestion, Anderson pulls from his arrays of geometric, semi-abstract forms the essence of an image, leaving your own imagination to fill in with details that don’t actually exist in the original. His layered indications of mist, […]

How It’s Made — Oil Paints

Someone has posted to YouTube a short (four minute) segment from the Discovery Channel about how commercial oil paints are formulated and manufactured. I don’t know how old this video is — it looks like its from a while back — still interesting, though. It should be noted that this is about a large art […]

Rendering Big Hero 6

The new animated film Big Hero 6 uses a new rendering system developed at Disney Animation Studios that simulates the effect of light on surfaces with much more subtlety and nuance than in previous CGI animated films. The rendering system, called Hyperion, manages the huge computational volume required for ray tracing. Show More Summary

Paul Gustave Fischer

Danish painter Paul Gustave Fischer, active during the late 19th and early 20 centuries, was noted for his urban scenes, many of them set in the light of overcast days, rainy or snowy conditions, with soft edges, muted colors and restrained value ranges. He painted frequently in Copenhagen, as well as in Paris, Florence and […]

Art of the World at our Fingertips

Drinking in a Zorn in New York I recently ran across the following quote:"Modern means of communication and modern methods of reproduction have brought the ends of the earth together and placed the art of all times and countries at the disposal of every artist. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Clarkson Stanfield’s Mount St Michael

Mount St Michael, Cornwall, Clarkson Stanfield On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the National Gallery of Victoria. Stanfield drew on his eight years as a sailor, and his extensive experience as gallery a scenery painter for a London theatre, to create this monumental painting, over 80 feet wide by […]

Scott Conary

Portland, Oregon based painter Scott Conary paints landscapes, animals, figurative works and still life. His website portfolio offers work in several sections. Conary’s still life subjects include common subjects like fruit, but also less commonly explored items like wrenches, spark plugs and cuts of meat. Show More Summary

"How to Video Your Art" Part 1: Camera Guide

In the upcoming 100th issue of International Artist magazine, I've written the first of a series of articles about how to shoot your own art tutorial videos. In this blog post, I'd like to excerpt a bit from that article and supplement it with more information and links. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jan Adam Kruseman portrait

Portrait of Alida Christina Assink, Jan Adam Kruseman In the Rijksmuseum. Nicely refined and deftly handled society portrait by a 19th century Dutch painter, working in many ways in the style of popular English portrait paintings of the time.

John McCartin

Though his subjects indlude still life and figures, Australian artist John McCartin focuses primarily on landscape, and is particularly adept in his portrayals of the large gnarled gum trees found in Australia. These provide ideal subjects for McCartin’s deft handling of light, texture and atmosphere, their light colored trunks striking in sunlight against the darker […]

Book Review: The Urban Sketcher

Marc Taro Holmes has written and illustrated an instructional book called The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location.The book builds on Holmes' experience drawing and painting in ink and watercolor. His sketching...Show More Summary

Samuel Gomez

New York based artist and designer Samuel Gomez works at a large scale in graphite and ink to create his complex, intricate arrangements of mechanical and biological forms. He apparently uses fine line markers to delineate his forms, rendering the exactingly applied tones with graphite in an almost airbrush-like effect. For reasons that are lost […]

Eye Candy for Today: Heade’s meadows

Newburyport Meadows, Martin Johnson Heade In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Heade’s luminous view of a meadow after a storm is not as large as you might assume from the reproductions; it’s 10 inches high by 22 wide ( 27 x 56 cm). See my post on Martin Johnson Heade.

Sean Farrell

Largely self-taught, and inspired by numerous trips to Italy and the Netherlands where he studied paintings of the masters in museums and churches wherever possible, American painter Sean Farrell brings his fascination with 17th Italian and Dutch painters to play in his luminous, richly hued still life subjects. Farrell makes wonderful use of chiaroscuro in […]

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