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The Illusive Eye at El Museo, Part 1

Welcome to The Illusive Eye, at El Museum del Barrio through May 21. Left: Carlos Cruz-Diez, Venezuela: Psysichromie 321-B, 1967, plastic, cardboard, acrylic, wood;  Tadasky, United States via Japan: #B-115, 1964, oil on canvas El Museo...Show More Summary

Night Sketch

Provincetown, Massachusetts by streetlight

Eye Candy for Today: François-Louis Français landscape

A Stream through a Dense Forest, François-Louis Français Watercolor and gouache with pen and ink; roughly 18×14? (46x34cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; original is in the National Gallery of Art, DC, which also has a zoomable version as well as downloadable images (free registration required for largest file size). This […]

Micro Videos

Since joining Instagram, I've been having fun making micro-videos, which are limited to 15 seconds. (link to YouTube).I went through some of my video files and found some stray clips that weren't long enough to make into full-blown YouTube videos. Show More Summary

“Made in California” at Arcadia Contemporary

Arcadia Contemporary, a long-time bastion of representational art in New York’s SoHo gallery district, has just moved to Santa Monica California. They are opening their first exhibition there with a group show of seven artists they represent who are based in California. “Made in California” opens tomorrow, Saturday April 2, 2016 with an opening reception […]

Mike Hernandez Kickstarts Art Book

Gouache painter Mike Hernandez has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a facsimile book of his location paintings. By printing the art on the same boards he paints on, it will feel like holding one of his original sketchbooks in your hands. --- Mike Hernandez Kickstarter campaign

Chicken DNA Enhanced to Create New Galloraptor Species

Control chicken embryo, altered chicken embryo and alligator embryo Scientists at Yale University in New Haven succeeded last year in combining the DNA of a chicken and an alligator to create what some have called a "dino-chicken." The...Show More Summary

Series on Shannon Stirnweis

At the blog "Today's Inspiration," illustration historian Leif Peng is doing a series of posts interviewing Shannon Stirnweis (b. 1931) about his years painting pictures for the advertising, men's adventure, western, and romance markets.Shannon Stirnweis, Part 1: "I wanted to be an artist when I grew up"Shannon Stirnweis, Part 2: "The (men's) adventure begins"

Eye Candy for Today: Roma Ribera’s De soirée

De soirée (“Evening”), Romà Ribera Link is to zoomable version on the Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – MNAC, Barcelona. Beautifully economical and richly painterly, Ribera’s portrayal of a young woman engaged in simple activity is a quiet captured moment. It’s interesting to […]

Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature is an animated short film (2 minutes) in which natural and man-made forms are compared and contrasted within a carefully constrained and artfully orchestrated set of design parameters. Largely focused on a central circle, the most basic of geometric forms, the images follow one another, often in shared screen transitions, in a […]

Portrait During a Sushi Lunch

"You don't need to pose. I'll just sketch you in whatever angle you're in."Here's a quick sketch I did of Jeanette at a Japanese restaurant yesterday. (Link to YouTube) The donkey is Jeanette's good friend Jezzy. I'm using a super-limited...Show More Summary

Michael Workman

Utah based artist Michael Workman uses soft edges, rough shapes and muted value contrasts to cast his depictions of the plains, mountains and farmland of his home state in a quiet, poetic naturalism. His compositions, which sometimes walk the line between abstraction and representation, are often strongly geometric, perhaps owing in part to his early […]

Lens Flare for Painters

Whether you call it lens flare (what happens in a camera when you look at the sun) or color corona (a similar phenomenon that happens in your eye), it's a powerful effect that's popular in photography and video these days, but it's also something that has fascinated painters for a long time. Show More Summary

Thoughts about Doing Live Demos

My friend Greg Ruth asked me about my thoughts on doing public painting demos, so here are a few musings. James Gurney paints James Warhola, photo by Patrick O'Brien at MICA Drawing or painting in front of an audience has its challenges. Show More Summary

Repin's Easter Procession

Ilya Repin's Religious Procession in Kursk Province shows an Easter procession of Bright Week, a tradition of the Eastern Orthodox church. Repin --Study for Religious Procession Controversial in its day, the painting documents the range of Russian social strata moving together toward their common destiny while cruelly maintaining their differences. Show More Summary

The Resurrection by Cecco del Caragaggio (Francesco Buoneri)

The Resurrection, Cecco del Caragaggio (Francesco Buoneri) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Institute of Chicago. One of Caravaggio’s most important assistants and pupils was known as Cecco del Caragaggio, more recently identified as Francesco Buoneri. Though a number of works are […]

Richard Schmid on Versatility

Richard Schmid, sketched while he did a demo In his book Alla Prima: Everything I Know about Painting, Richard Schmid offers the reader a wealth of helpful tips, including the reminder to practice a variety of methods of painting. Painting...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Frederico Zuccaro ink and wash drawing

Taddeo Copying Raphael’s Frescoes in the Loggia of the Villa Farnesina, Where He is Also Represented Asleep, Frederico Zuccaro Pen and brown ink with brown wash; roughly 17×8? (42×17 cm). Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Getty Museum which also has a much […]

Harold Speed on Flat and Gradated Tones

Welcome to the GJ Book Club. Today we'll cover pages 187-192 of the chapter on "Tone and Colour Design," from Harold Speed's 1924 art instruction book Oil Painting Techniques and Materials.I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by my comments. Show More Summary

Karen Hollingsworth at Principle Gallery, Charleston

Karen Hollingsworth, who I have written about previously for Lines and Colors, will have her latest series of paintings on display in a solo show at the Principle Gallery, Charleston, from April 1st – 30th, 2016. Hollingsworth continues to explore several of her favored themes: sunlit rooms, their volume defined by both light and air; […]

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