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Georg Saal

Georg Eduard Otto Saal was a 19th century German landscape painter known in particular for his sweeping views of Norwegian mountains and fjords, portrayed with visceral attention to detail and dramatic lighting. Later in his career, he visited the Forest of Fontainebleau and was introduced to the work of the Barbizon Painters, resulting in change […]

Pencil Sketch in Ottawa

When I was in Ottawa some years ago, I stopped to draw the East Block Parliament buildings. I started with a line drawing and then used light washes of gray tone for the shadows. When that was dry, I used the pencil to suggest the stonework details of the High Gothic architecture.

Journey to Chandara Back in Print

I'm pleased to announce Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara is available again from our web store. The new edition is a quality softcover that's 160 pages long, fully illustrated in color. If you're not familiar with it, Journey to Chandara is a stand-alone sequel to the first two Dinotopia books, first published in 2007. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim portrait

Marriage Portrait of Charlotte de Rothschild, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. This beautiful portrait by 19th century German painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim is deliberately in the mold of Renaissaince portraits in many respects, but with a […]

Alfred H. Cooper and the Overall Wash

Alfred Heaton Cooper (1863-1929) was a Victorian painter of the Lake District known for his sensitive handling of landscape moods. He often keyed his watercolors with an overall color wash, also known as a "ghost wash." According toShow More Summary

Animal Illustration Reference

Albrecht Dürer's 1502 drawing of a rabbit or hare is one of the pictures in a new book called Animal Illustration: The Essential Reference. The collection starts in the 15th century and includes many examples from the Victorian era, including these chromolithographs. Show More Summary

Alexander Votsmush (Shumtov)

Alexander Votsmush is a Crimean painter who works in watercolor. The name “Votsmush” is actually a pseudonym — a rearrangement of his actual name, “Shumtov” — that he adopted in his college days. Votsmush has a unique and very appealing approach to his watercolors — part graphic, part paintlike, with skewed verticals and horizontals, or […]

Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Palmer watercolor of cypress trees

The Cypresses at the Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Samuel Palmer Original is in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art, which has both a zoomable and downloadable file on their site. You can also find a zoomable version on the Google Art Project and a downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons. You can see — […]

The Old Pine

The Old Pine, watercolor and colored pencils, 5 x 8 inches.

Popeye as a Sculptor

In this 1937 Fleischer cartoon, Bluto is a painter and Popeye is a sculptor who share an art studio. Along comes Olive Oyl for her portrait, and the mayhem begins. (If you're receiving this blog post as an email, you might need to follow this link to YouTube)

Fundamentals of Drawing Now in English

The 2007 Russian drawing textbook Fundamentals of Drawing is now available in an English-language print edition.I first reported on the book when I encountered it as a Russian-language text.The book is by the Russian master Vladimir Mogilevtsev. Show More Summary

Walter Stanford

Walter Stanford is a painter and illustrator based in North Carolina. Stanford works in oil, acrylic and pastel, as well as in digital painting media (I believe the example images I’ve shown here are mostly if not all traditional media). His painting and pasted subjects include landscapes with an emphasis on rocky creeks and farming, […]

John William North

Victorian painter John William North was known for his landscapes in both oil and watercolor. He secured work as an illustrator at an early age, but eventually abandoned his successful career in that field to pursue landscape painting full time. He was instrumental in the creation of a new, more durable linen-based watercolor paper, and […]

Eye Candy for Today: Leonardo’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci

Ginevra de’ Benci, Leonardo da Vinci The link is to the page for the painting on the NGA site, which has a zoomable version as well as offering a link to a downloadable files, though you need to sign up for a free account to download the highest resolution version. There is also a zoomable […]

Technique for Painting a Glow Effect

Here's a technique to capture that lens flare effect we see all the time in photography. Traffic Lights, gouache over casein, 5 x 8 inches Note the gradation of the dark values from the brightest spot behind the middle of the utility pole. Show More Summary

American Masters 2016

Rose Garden, 2016. Casein on birch panel This original painting, Rose Garden, will be offered for sale on Friday, October 14 at the American Masters exhibition in New York. I painted it while I was Artist in Residence at the New York Botanical Garden last summer. Show More Summary

Harry Anderson's Painted Studies

"The Ascension," casein study by Harry Anderson An online magazine article published by the LDS (Mormon) Church shows the preliminary studies and photo reference used by Harry Anderson for the religious paintings he did after his magazine illustration career. Show More Summary

Chromatic Space in Lower Manhattan

. "From the rigorous flatness of hard edge painting to the celestial expanse of color field work, color can enhance or defy the flatness of the canvas, and activate the work in an exciting variety of ways. Dialogues of translucence and...Show More Summary

Painting an Aspen Forest in Casein

It's autumn in Colorado. The aspen forests are ablaze with color. I shot some time lapse of one of my field studies, and I'd like to bring you along for a front row seat.If you're receiving this blog post by email, you may need to follow this link to watch the video on YouTube.

Adilson Farias

Adilson Farias is a Brazillian children’s book illustrator based in Curitiba. Farias works both in watercolor and digital media, using the characteristics of both to advantage. His work in watercolor often has a loose, informal charm in the application of color. In his digital pieces, he combines precision line work with a jaunty drawing stule […]

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