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Frank Cadogan Cowper

British painter and illustrator Frank Cadogan Cowper was born a bit late to have been a Pre-Raphaelite painter, but like his contemporaries Henry Payne and Byam Shaw, he took to their style and subject matter so strongly as to be known as a Neo-Pre-Raphaelite (it that’s not an inherently self-contradictory term). Cowper’s work fell into […]

Richard Haas

New York based artist Richard works at a nexus of painting and architecture. He is best known for his large scale murals, many of which use a trompe l’oeil approach that actually changes the perception of the building itself, rather than simply using it as a canvas. He also does the latter, however, presenting views […]

Sargent Thrashes a Farmer

John Singer Sargent's (1856-1925) biographer Evan Charteris tells the story of one of the oddest episodes of the artist's career, which occurred while he was staying in England shortly before Christmas, 1891. Towards the end of the day he was riding homeward. Show More Summary

Swiss Fruit

This 1860s pomological manuscript documents the varieties of pears (birensorte) and apples (apfelsorte) unique to Switzerland Pomology is a branch of botany relating to the study and cultivation of fruit [W]. I don't believe a post devoted to fruit drawings has ever appeared on BibliOdyssey. Show More Summary

Advice for Mark

Andrew Loomis Mark asks,"I'm off to university next month and am trying to learn as many techniques as possible, I'm currently going through the Andrew Loomis books at the moment and was wondering what is your process for drawing heads/bodies/objects/environments, etc?" Hi, Mark, Wow, those are kind of a big questions. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Haseltine Venetian sunset

Santa Maria della Salute, Sunset; William Stanley Haseltine Beautifully Turneresque light in this view of Venice by American landscape painter William Stanley Haseltine. In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [Via @metmuseum]

Lisa Gloria

Lisa GLoria is a painter from Illinois. Though she paints a variety of subjects, her focus is on still life. She is largely self-taught, and has developed a style with nice balance between refinement and painterly immediacy. She now shares her experience in “virtual workshops” and videos, as well as in occasional process article on […]

How to Refill a Water Brush or a Fountain Pen

Here's a still frame from my upcoming video called "Watercolor in the Wild," which releases as a DVD and a download on August 11. The whole first section of the video covers materials and methods.One segment shows how to fill water brushes and fountain pens with the ink colors you want. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edmund Kanoldt pencil drawing

View of Benevento, Edmund Kanoldt On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Getty Museum. A beautifully complete, but still economical, graphite drawing by the 19th century German landscape artist. I love the way he has handled the tone and textural variation in the distance, middle ground and foreground […]

Chase Stone

Though New York based illustrator Chase Stone does editorial and conceptual illustration as well, he excels in particular at fantasy illustration. One avenue for his fantastical imaginings is Magic: The Gathering, his illustrations for which are not only beautifully realized, but have a dramatic mythological flair. His website is essentially a Tumblr blog. The gallery […]

Top Ten Ways to Deal with Curious Spectators

Yesterday's post about the challenges of curious spectators generated a lot of interest— 35 comments on the blog.....and on Facebook: 533 likes, 104 comments and 83 shares. As promised:James Gurney's Top 10 Ways to Deal with Curious Spectators 10. Show More Summary

Your experiences with curious spectators

On Facebook people shared many more experiences dealing with curious spectators while painting outdoors. It's a rich topic. Thanks, everybody! Carl Larsson -- Plein Air Painter, Winter-Motif from Åsögatan, Stockholm, 1886 Phil Mamuyac"He's a drawer!"Anath Sheridan"I can't draw a straight line" is another... Show More Summary

Curious Spectators: Part 1 - The Problem

Yesterday's post about sketching strangers on subways led to a lively discussion about how best to manage the encounter between the artist and the unwitting model. Here I am painting at the Platte Clove Community in Elka Park, New York.Actually these folks were very respectful and asked smart, observant questions. Show More Summary

Paul W. McCormack (update)

Since I last wrote about Hudson River Valley based portrait artist Paul McCormack way back in 2006, he has established a new website which, I’m glad to say, features much larger images of his work (click on the images for enlargements). McCormack also maintains his McCormack Studio website, which includes additional paintings in watercolor and […]

Summer Solos, Part 3: Helen Miranda Wilson

Summer Solos, Part 1: Brenda Goodman    Summer Solos, Part 2: Debra Ramsay The Albert Merola Gallery is a lovely small space in Provincetown’s East End, perfect for showing small (and sometimes not so small) work. The tiny back gallery...Show More Summary

The ethics of sketching on the subway

Daumier, Riders on an Omnibus, 1864 Chuck Klosterman, ethicist for the New York Times, ponders whether it's OK to sketch strangers on the subway. His basic point is that:"If you’re in public, people are allowed to look at you. This can be creepy and annoying, but it’s not unethical. Show More Summary

Taish? Posters

The images below are Japanese posters from ~the first quarter of the 20th century. "The Taish? period^ (???? Taish? jidai?), or Taish? era, is a period in the history of Japan dating from July 30, 1912, to December 25, 1926, coinciding with the reign of the Emperor Taish?". Show More Summary

"Watercolor in the Wild" Materials 2

Here's a complete list of materials for plein-air watercolor painting or urban sketching. This is a supplement to my instructional video "Watercolor in the Wild." I carry this portable of materials practically everywhere. It includes a sketchbook, paint box, brush set, and watercolor pencils, listed in detail below. Show More Summary

Coming Soon: New Video on Watercolor

Two weeks from today I'll be releasing an art teaching video all about plein-air painting in water media called "Watercolor in the Wild." The 72-minute HD video will cover all the nuts and bolts of materials, including watercolors, water brushes, and water-soluble colored pencils. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Hanna Hirsch Pauli invites us for breakfast

Breakfast-Time, Hanna Hirsch Pauli There is an often overlooked sub-genre of painting that I particularly enjoy; for lack of a better term, it might be called “outdoor still life”. I’m hard pressed to think of a better example than this stunningly beautiful painting of a 19th century breakfast table in a sun-dappled garden by Swedish […]

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