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Jakub Rozalski

Jakub Rozalski is a Polish concept artist and illustrator based in Krakow. His work, particularly in a series involving mecha in the context of rural farms, is particularly interesting for the way it combines sci-fi concepts with naturalistic landscape rendering. Show More Summary

John Singer Sargent’s portrait drawings

John Singer Sargent, one of the best portrait painters of the 19th century, eventually tired of his role as a society portrait painter. In his later career he greatly reduced the number of formal portrait commissions he accepted, preferring to travel and pursue his own on location watercolors. However, he continued portraiture in a different […]

The Action Art of Mort Kunstler

On Thursday we visited the exhibition "Mort Kunstler: The Art of Adventure" at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Mort Kunstler, "Buried Alive for Four Months," Stag Magazine, 1965. The exhibit spans his entire...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Arthur Streeton’s Railway Station

The Railway Station, Redfern; Arthur Streeton Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The more I see of Streeton’s work, particularly in high-resolution detail, the more impressed I am — rich, subtle color, lively brush marks, beautiful […]

Mosaic Imps Sweater

Yoo hoo, knitters! Jeanette says: "I began this sweater in 2011, and almost frogged it, but I persevered and 4 years later it’s done.I usually knit in the round, and this flat knitting really slowed me down! Mosaic knitting requires flat pattern pieces, done on straight needles. Show More Summary

Animation Exhibition in Mexico

"Watch Me Move," an exhibition that explores the art form of animation from its origins to the present day, is currently on display at the Museo Marco in Monterrey, Mexico through March 1. (link to video)Museo Marco website

WAMC Public Radio Interview

Yesterday in Albany, New York, I visited our public radio station WAMC and had a 20 minute conversation with my favorite radio guy, Joe Donahue. Link to audio interview.They'll be giving away sets of my art instruction DVDs as a pledge premium during the fund drive next week.

Joseph Barbaccia

In a process that combines elements of painting, mosaics and sculpture — and perhaps bears some relation to the image making process known as quilling (see my post on Yulia Brodskaya) — Washington, DC-based illustrator and designer Joseph Barbaccia creates his illustrations with colored strands of polymer clay. Working from pencil sketches, Barbaccia create an […]

Dinotopia Exhibition coming to Connecticut

Next month, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center will host a major Dinotopia exhibition. There will be over 50 original paintings from several of the books, including Dinosaur Parade, Waterfall City, and Dinosaur Boulevard. The artwork is completely different from the Lyman Allyn show a few years ago. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Fragonard’s Progress of Love: The Meeting

The Progress of Love: The Meeting, Jean-Honoré Fragonard Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Frick Collection. This was part of a series of four large paintings depicting four stages of love. All four, along with several smaller canvasses, are now in […]

Laura Quinn

Laura Quinn is a UK artist who focuses on wildlife art, portraits and pet portraits. She works in Alkyd, a medium closely related to oil, but with a fast drying synthetic resin as the binder instead of linseed oil. Her approach pays particular attention to the textural qualities of her subjects. Many of her pet […]

Zac Retz

Zac Retz is an illustrator, color artist and character designer for film, based in Rochester, NY. Though you will find a few color guides and model sheets, most of the work on Retz’s blog and website appear to be personal digital sketches, sometimes sketched from life, but more often flights of fancy. In his personal […]

Book Review: Goodbye Old Man

In the spring of 1915, Fortunino Matania traveled to the front lines of the Great War to research his illustrations for the British illustrated journal The Sphere. Neuve Chapelle, 1915, by Fortunino Matania, Royal Worcestershire Regiment...Show More Summary

Nerdtopia

The TV reality show King of the Nerds asked permission to include a print of Dinotopia's Waterfall City in the set, called "Nerdvana." This is the third season of the program, which premiered last Friday night on TBS.

Color Talks

. In early November Doris Mukabaa Marksohn, owner of dm contemporary in Manhattan, invited me to curate an exhibition. I'd been wanting to put together a color show and even had a mental selection of the work of artists whose studios...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: E. Phillips Fox’s The Ferry

The Ferry, E. Phillips Fox Link is to zoomable images on Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Fox was an Australian artist who studied and worked in Paris, adopting the brilliant color and free brushwork of the French Impressionists. Like his counterparts, […]

Dinotopia Podcast Episode 12

The final episode of the Dinotopia Podcast has arrived. You can listen by clicking on the Soundcloud play button below, or by following this direct link.The beginning of the episode finds Will and Sylvia in their crashed airship near Sauropolis. Show More Summary

Mike Worrall

Originally from the UK and now living in Australia, painter Mike Worrall is essentially self-taught. His work shows a range of fascinating influences, from Velázquez — particularly evident in Worrall’s fascination with those bizarrely wide gowns seen in portraits of the Spanish royal family — to other 17th century painters, to Surrealists like Paul Delvaux, […]

Botched Restorations

When workers in Egypt were changing a lightbulb in a display case, they accidentally broke off the beard of King Tut. Then, when they glued it back on, they smeared a big blob of epoxy on the gold leaf. But that's not the only botched restoration job. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: John Everett Millais’ Ophelia

Ophelia, John Everett Millais Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; high resolution downloadable version (22 MB) on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Tate, London. Prompted by yesterday’s post on the mezzotint print by John Stephenson after this painting by Millais, and the fact that I last mentioned the painting back in […]

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