Common Cause is using a long, scrolling, comics style infographic to explain the latest attempt by Verizon to undermine the principle of Net Neutrality. Called Big Deal, Big Money, the graphic was co-produced with Symbolia, and illustration credit is given as “S. Caldwell” (for whom I haven’t been able to turn up a first name […]
Noted portrait painter Nelson Shanks, who I have written about previously, has recently completed a life size group portrait of four female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. The painting, which is titled Four Justices (no, not The Supremes — grin) will hang in the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. for three years before going […]
While driving through downtown Middleburgh, New York yesterday, by pure chance we ran into our friend David Smyth. We sat down together at the Middleburgh Diner for a bowl of chicken soup and a bagel, and we talked about making a living as an artist. I sketched David's portrait as we ate our late afternoon snack. Show More Summary
Drawing dinosaurs yesterday with the students of East Hill Elementary School.
Dutch landscape painter Meindert Hobbema was a student and apprentice of Jacob van Ruisdael, and initially painted very much in the style of the older master. There are few records and not much written about Hobbema. He apparently was not very successful in his own time. Records indicate that he worked as a wine gauger […]
The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, New York did a beautiful job with the Dinotopia exhibition. I was there yesterday for the opening events, and met a lot of families, art students, grandparents, and fellow writers and artists. AfterShow More Summary
Dinotopia has arrived at the Arkell Museum of Art in Canajoharie, New York. The exhibition of original artwork "Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney" opens today at 1:00. At 2:30, I'll be in attendance to give a family lecture...Show More Summary
(Direct link to video) My son Frank is working as an apprentice at a glass art studio in Colorado called Homegrown Handblown. This studio was the destination for our recent cross-country adventure. I made this video profile as a thank-you gift to the glass artists Kirk and Katie Howlett and as a snapshot of my son's life.
David A. Lefffel is highly regarded and influential contemporary painter of still life and figurative works. There is something about his still life paintings in particular that makes him one of my favorite contemporary artists. Leffel...Show More Summary
Ancient Trees, Lullingstone Park, Samuel Palmer Graphite on cream wove paper, 10×15? (26x37cm) In the collection of the Yale Center for British Art. In addition to a zoom, the museum’s page includes a download link from which you can download medium-resolution (1mb) and high-resolution (18mb) versions of the image. Also available on the Google Art […]
Mike Yamada is a visual development artist at Dreamworks Animation, whose credits include Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Bee Movie and Monsters vs. Aliens, among others. Most of the work on his blog is from personal projects, or demos done for his classes at the Art Center College of Design. A number […]
At the end of August, I invited you to create 1-minute long videos for a contest called "Plein-Air Persistence." There were five entries, and they all show wonderful imagination and hard work. Please have a look through them and vote for your favorite in the poll at left. 1. Show More Summary
The train brought us home to the Hudson Valley last night, after about 48 hours of travel from Denver. We booked a sleeper for the first leg of the trip, and went coach from Chicago to New York. The small sleeper gives you two bunks in a private chamber with a bathroom down the hall and a shower on the level below. Show More Summary
Note: I will be posting all of the entries in the "Plein Air Persistence" contest late today or tomorrow. I can't do it right now because I'm in transit at the moment. One of the reasons I love painting directly from Nature instead of...Show More Summary
Belinda Del Pesco has some fascinating posts about making drypoint prints using sheets of acrylic — more commonly known under brand names like plexiglas or lexan — as the plates, instead of more traditional metal plates. Drypoint has long been an alternative or addition to traditional etching techniques. It is advantageous in that scratching the […]
Belinda Del Pesco has some fascinating posts about making drypoint engravings on acrylic sheets, more commonly known under brand names like plexiglas or lexan. Drypoint has long been an alternative or addition to traditional etching techniques. It is advantageous in that scratching the lines directly into the place, rather than scraping away an acid resistant […]
Clear Streams in a Summer Ravine, Gao Yan On Google Art. Original is in the Hong Kong Museum of Art. Ink on paper 15×69? (38x175cm) A beautiful ink painting from the late Ming Dynasty (17th century).
Just a reminder to those on the east coast of the U.S. that several superb masterpieces from the Mauritshuis are currently on this side of the Atlantic, including Vermeer’s iconic Girl with a Pearl Earring. Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis just opened at the Frick Collection in New York, […]
Lois van Baarle is a Dutch illustrator and concept artist currently living and working in Utrecht. Her digital painting style combines the kind of lively, springy drawing sometimes found in animation and gaming concept art with Art Nouveau-inspired flowing curves and sweeping design elements. Her website portfolio is divided into basic sections within which are […]
Mount Princeton is one of the "Fourteeners," one of the highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains. I painted it from across the valley, with Buena Vista far below. I'm proud of my son Frank for climbing all the way to the 14,197 summit. Even...Show More Summary