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Lisa Ericson

Portland, Oregon based painter Lisa Ericson draws on her background in illustration and graphic design to give her compositions a strong graphic punch, often setting high-value and high chroma subjects against deep black backgrounds....Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Peter Lely’s Portrait of Louise de Keroualle

Portrait of Louise de Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth; Peter Lely In the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The museum’s website has both zoomable and downloadable versions available. The largest available download version is truly high-resolution, but be aware that it is large in file size at 98mb. I haven’t had the pleasure of […]

Casein Painting in the Wild Launches in a Week

I'm pleased to announce that my next tutorial video, Casein Painting in the Wild, will release one week from today. If you're not familiar with it, casein is an opaque, fast-drying water-based medium that was popular before acrylic.Show More Summary

Bob Rudd

Bob Rudd is a British painter who works in both watercolor and oil, though watercolor is his primary focus. His colorful landscape and architectural subjects are depicted with an interesting range of technique, from loose and free to more exacting. In what I feel are some of his most interesting compositions, he combines in the […]

Book Review: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will be familiar with Fortunino Matania (1881-1963), an illustrator specializing in historical subjects for the British news magazines.I recently received an advance copy of Drawing from History: The Forgotten Art of Fortunino Matania, which will be available soon. Show More Summary

Robert Henri and Cozad, Nebraska

In 1872, railroad workers in Nebraska noticed a man in a swallowtail suit with a gold-topped cane standing along a section of Union Pacific track. It was odd to see a well dressed man so far from a station, a man who looked like a gambler or a salesman. Show More Summary

“World War I and American Art” at PAFA

“World War I and American Art” is an exhibition currently at the Museum of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts here in Philadelphia. Drawing partly from their own collection and partly from loans, the Academy’s Museum of has mounted an exhibition that delves into the response of American artists to the First World War […]


Terrapattern is an open-source tool for finding repeating visual patterns in satellite photos. The process starts when you select a section of a satellite photo (blue square in upper left). The algorithm then selects similar patterns in a publicly available database. Show More Summary

72 Tips for Sharing Art on Social Media

Paddy Schmidt asks:"There must have been much thought going into what to post where, with all those different social media platforms. Since you are present at all the major ones, I would love to hear how you decide on which platform.'Tom...Show More Summary

Some wise suggestions for artists from Neil Gaiman’s 2012 address to the University of the Arts

For those who are dismayed, as I am, at the recent turn of events, and the likely devastating effect it will have on the state of the arts here in the U.S. (see my before the fact storm warning to that effect), I offer some insightful suggestions about art in the face of adversity from […]

Lovell's Study for Surrender at Appomattox

Tom Lovell did several preliminary tonal studies for the Surrender at Appomattox, exploring how best to present this fateful moment of history. The preliminary sketch shows shows the view looking toward the south wall, with (from left...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bosch’s vision of Hell

Hell (Right panel of tryptich, The Garden of Earthly Delights); Hieronymus Bosch Link is to downloadable file on Wikipedia, which also has a page devoted to the entire work. Original is in the Museo del Prado, but they don’t offer a high resolution version on their site. There is a high-resolution file of the entire […]

Eye Candy for Today: Cecilia Beaux portrait of Ernesta

Ernesta, Cecilia Beaux In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Use the download or zoom links below the image on their site. This beautiful and sensitive portrait by the extraordinary American painter Cecilia Beaux is of her niece, Ernesta Drinker. Ernesta was one of Beaux’s favorite subjects, and she painted her numerous […]

Imaginative drawing—with and without reference

How do you draw something that you can't see directly—such as a Chasmosaurus, a Phoenician, or a bog troll? Alan North of Alan's Art Log came up with an interesting way to think about this problem. There are two ways ways of imaginative drawing: with and without reference. Show More Summary

Vote like the future of the arts in the US depends on it.

I know those of you in the U.S. are more than weary of this election cycle — and I’m certainly with you on that — but this is too important for me not to say my piece. I’ll leave it to others to tell you how vital this election is in the general sense, and […]

Vladimir Kush (update)

Vladimir Kush is a Russian painter now living in the US, who I first wrote about in 2007. Kush paints in a style derived from Surrealism, but that might more correctly be thought of as Magic Realism. Since my last post, his website has been expanded with additional work, but it has also become more […]

Waiting Room

Just an ordinary waiting room, no big deal. It could be anywhere or anyone. Soft murmuring. A TV drones in the distance. I use the sight-size method to measure the proportions. To do that, I hold the sketchbook vertically and make horizontal and vertical markings for basic spacing. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Carel Fabritius The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch, Carel Fabritius The painting is part of the collection of The Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. The museum site has a page from which you can zoom or download the image from icons on the left. There is also a downloadable version on Wikipedia, which has a page devoted to the painting. There […]

Nick Alm

Nick Alm is a contemporary Swedish painter who studied in Florence and has exhibited in the US as well as Europe. Alm’s primary focus is on figures, often in groups and in compositions that carry a narrative element. Many of the recent works highlighted on his website appear to be part of a series related […]

Pleissner's Story about George Bridgman

American artist Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983) remembered: "I studied with [Art Students League teacher] George Bridgman for one or two full days a week for several years. Somebody told me when I when I went to art school that I had to start by drawing plaster casts. Show More Summary

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