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Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Here's a drawing that I did about 30 years ago of the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, NY. I drew it with pen and ink on scratchboard. The style is an homage to Franklin Booth (1874-1948), whose work was in turn inspired by the look of wood engraving.

Streaming a Plein-Air Painting

On Thursday, April 2, Jeanette and I web-streamed a plein-air painting to viewers around the world using We webcast from the parking lot of the Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck, NY using public wifi from the hotel.Here's the painting in gouache, which took about an hour from start to finish. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: M.C. Escher’s Hand with Reflecting Sphere

Hand with Reflecting Sphere, M.C. Escher From the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Too often, Escher’s skills as a draftsman and printmaker are overshadowed by his brain-twisting themes. This one, though still weird and cool, is more straightforward than some. Apparently drawn from life, with the difficult spherical perspective, it features the common cheat in […]

Walter Launt Palmer

American Impressionist painter Walter Launt Palmer studied formally with Charles Loring Elliott, but received his most influential instruction in landscape painting from Frederick Edwin Church, who was a friend of his father, sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer. He was also exposed to other noted artists in the circle, including John Frederick Kensett. Walter Palmer also studied […]

Harold Speed, "Drawing" / Preface and Intro

Today is Friday, the first gathering of the GP Book Club. Each week we'll be looking at a new chapter of Harold Speed's classic The Practice and Science of Drawing (Dover Art Instruction), starting with the Preface and Introduction.The following numbered paragraphs combine citations of key points in italics, followed by a few of my own remarks. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Parton landscape

Early Spring, Arthur Parton In the Indianapolis Museum of Art, use zoom or download options to the right of the image. Beautifully direct and painterly, with beautiful control of hard and soft edges, Parton’s unpretentious landscape captures the season perfectly.

Peter Diamond

Peter Diamond is an illustrator based in Vienna, Austria. His bright, often detailed images appear to combine a love of classic illustration with some of the characteristics of Japanese woodblock prints, all in service of a very modern sensibility. In addition to his website, you can find his work on his Behance portfolio and on […]

Gabriel von Max

Gabriel Cornelius von Max was a Czech/Austrian painter who was active in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. Among his fascinations were parapsychology, mysticism and Asian philosophy, as well as anthropology and Darwinism. Likely from his interest in the latter, he kept a family of monkeys on his property, studied them and painted them, […]

Seb Lester's Lettering Tools

The video begins: "My name is Seb Lester. I'm a designer and artist based in the U.K. The focus of all of my work is letterforms." (Link to video) New works from Seb Lester from Seb Lester on Vimeo. Seb Lester's calligraphy is best known from a series of videos showing a wide range of calligraphy styles. Show More Summary

Watercolor Ban Announced in California

California has just announced sweeping new restrictions on water use that will affect working artists. The ban applies not only to watercolor, but also to acrylic, casein, gouache, and other water media. Pencils and pastels and other dry media are not affected.

New group of Equihominids discovered

Scientists who exhumed the original skeleton of Equihominid aprilis near Volos, Greece in 1980 report that they have uncovered more than a dozen new individuals in the exposed shoreline sediments near Samsun in northern Turkey."The preservation...Show More Summary

New online collection from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

A number of art museums have been revitalizing their websites as they begin to realize what a powerful tool they are for public relations, as well as for their theoretical mission of education. While not all can aspire to the gold standard set a few years ago by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, many are […]

Dinotopia: World Beneath, Episode 9

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 9 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. Arthur, Oriana,Show More Summary

Adam Rex (update)

Adam Rex is a children’s book illustrator and writer, who I first profiled back in 2007. His books include the well received Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich; a more recent series called the Cold Cereal Saga, the titles from which include Champions of Breakfast and Unlucky Charms; and a 2009 title, The True Meaning of Smekday, […]

Walter Launt Palmer Exhibition in Albany, NY

American impressionist Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932) was known for three themes: snowy forests, Venetian lagoons, and opulent interiors. To all three of those subjects he brought an evocative feeling for light and color. An exhibition of Walter Launt Palmer at New York State's Albany Institute of History and Art features all three of those themes. Show More Summary

Remembering John Renbourn

John Renbourn, the eclectic guitarist who co-founded Pentangle, died at his home in Scotland on Thursday. I sketched him during a concert that he gave with Robin Williamson in 1995 in a little country church at Copake Falls, New York.Remembrance on National Public Radio

Alfred Wahlberg

19th century Swedish landscape painter Alfred Wahlberg studied briefly in Stockholm and in Dusseldorf, but took influence from his exposure to modern French painting in Paris; and his work shows both the dark moodiness of the northern schools and the brighter palette of the French painters. In much of his work, even pieces that I […]

Portrait of Inventor Dominic Wilcox

(Link from YouTube) Dominic Wilcox is an artist, designer, and inventor who builds working prototypes of delightfully bizarre concepts, such a stained-glass driverless car, GPS shoes that guide you where you want to go, and a hearing device that reverses right and left inputs. Show More Summary

Chuck Jones Exhibit in Texas

The Fort Worth Museum of Science is currently presenting an exhibition of the animation art of Warner Brothers director Chuck Jones."Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Show More Summary

Announcing the Friday Book Club

Most of what I know about painting and art history I learned from old books, and every once in a while I like to reread them, because learning is a lifelong process.That led to an idea. What if we created a free forum on the blog where...Show More Summary

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