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Husky Portrait in Casein

Casein gives you a safety net when you're painting animals because you can switch to a new pose halfway through. That's what happens during this portrait of Smooth, the husky. (Link to video on Facebook) I start out with a sleeping pose, assuming he'll stay there longer. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Jan Brueghel the Elder River Landscape

River Landscape, Jan Brueghel the Elder In the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC, which has both zoomable and downloadable versions on their site (larger of the two downloadable versions requires a free account). There is also a zoomable version on Google Art Project and a downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. This work […]

Lorenzo Lanfranconi

Lorenzo Lanfranconi is a freelance illustrator, concept artist and colorist based in Como, Italy. In many of the examples on his Artstation portfolio, he take on naturalistic subjects, but renders them with an appealing blend of texture and areas of flat color. There are usually small details that add interest and scale when you view […]

Early Sketching Umbrellas

From an 1892 F. W. Devoe and C. T. Raynolds Company catalog. 19th century sketching umbrellas were usually between 28 and 32 inches across, made of grey linen fabric. The clamp at the top allowed for the umbrella to be tilted to theShow More Summary

Smudge Pots

Mel Munnster asks: "Do you know what a smudge pot, in an art context, was used for in the early 1900s? I'm stumped." Mel, nowadays the term "smudge pot" usually refers to an oil burner that produces heat and noxious smoke to protect orchards from insects or frost.A hundred years ago, the term was also used for a vessel intended for discarded paint. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Le Sidaner view of London

St. Paul’s from the River: Morning Sun in Winter, Henri Le Sidaner Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons. Google lists the original as in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, but I can’t find an image on their site. Le Sidaner shows the influence of Monet, and I […]

Daniel Sprick

Originally from Arkansas, educated in Colorado and New York and currently living in Denver, Daniel Sprick is an American painter who focuses on portraits, figures and still life, and occasionally landscape. Sprick’s subjects are clearly observed, precisely drawn and rendered with finess, but to my eye, they always seem to carry with them an element […]

N.C. Wyeth's Study from Bargue

N.C. Wyeth study (left) and Bargue Plate (right) Blog reader Andrew Sonea discovered that N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945) studied from the Charles Bargue: Drawing Course: "I was looking through the Brandywine River Museum's online Catalogue Raisonne for NC Wyeth and made a small but interesting discovery. Show More Summary

Chuck Jones on Creative Discipline

Warner Bros. animation director Chuck Jones codified Nine Unbreakable Rules for the encounters between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Rule 1: The Road Runner cannot harm the coyote except by going “beep-beep.”Rule 2: No outsideShow More Summary

Flat Shadows vs. Flat Lights

Dylan says: "I was looking at your awesome blog and found the post about Sargent's Escutcheon. A point you made is that he captured the brilliance of the light by flattening the lights and keeping the majority of the modeling and chroma shifts in the shadows. Show More Summary

Welcome, March

Isaac Levitan, March,1895. 75 x 60 cm. Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia Isaac Levitan (1860-1900) rarely painted snow. "But there came a time when he finally tackled the motif," says Alexei Fiodorov-Davydov. "Everything is shot through...Show More Summary

Calling Beta Testers

I'm excited to let you know that we're developing a new app called "The Living Sketchbook ™." It's new technology that lets you experience one of my sketchbooks on your smart phone or tablet (Android or iOS).You will be able to:• Explore...Show More Summary

How Can I Get Whiter Impastos?

After the recent post about painting the Donut Jar, we got a couple questions about highlights. Peter Drubetskoy said...So, I've tried this a couple of times and had trouble. Even when the transparent watercolor layer is dry, the top...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Rembrandt etching of farm scene with a man sketching

Cottages and Farm Building with a Man Sketching, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn Etching, roughly 5 x 8 in. (13 x 21 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum, which has both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image on their site. Remarkable though they may be, Rembrandt’s etchings of Biblical scenes […]

'Smooth' Visits

Our son Frank is visiting, along with his dog Smooth, a Husky / German Shepherd rescue. Sofie and Princess, the Belgian draft horses, are keenly interested in this new creature. Smooth was nervous around them at first. (Link to Facebook) When we get back home, he falls deeply asleep. Show More Summary

Marie Egner

Marie Egner was an Austrian painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who focused largely on floral still life and landscapes that often incorporated floral subjects along with architectural elements and woodland scenes. Egner was adept with both oil and watercolor, her approach in both mediums combining bold statements with passages of […]

Highlights are like dessert...

Highlights are like dessert—it's best to save them for the end of the meal.Link to mini-video on FacebookPentalic watercolor journalHolbein gouache setSynthetic flat brush plus rounds.

Heath Robinson Exhibition Coming to Delaware

The Fairy’s Birthday, 1925, published in Holly Leaves, December, 1925. W. Heath Robinson (1872–1944). Pen, ink, and watercolor,17 1/2 × 12 3/8 in. (44.5 × 31.5 cm). The William Heath Robinson Trust. An exhibition of the artwork of W....Show More Summary

Konstantin Bogaevsky

Generally classified as a Symbolist, Konstantin Fedorovich Bogaevsky was a Ukrainian painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He studied at the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts, where his instructors included Arkhip Kuindzhi — a highly regarded Ukrainian landscape painter and a member of the Peredvizhniki who defended Bogaevsky from factions at […]

Trust the Process

I always remind myself: "Trust the process." Step 1: Research. I study the scientist's papers, look at photos of the fossils, and compare animals in our world that might serve as analogues. Anchiornis sketches Step 2: Thumbnails. I sketch these preliminaries with watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and fountain pen. Show More Summary

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