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Eye Candy for Today: Eckersberg’s view through arches of the Colosseum

A View through Three Arches of the Third Storey of the Colosseum, C.W. Eckersberg On Google Art Project; downloadable high-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons. The original is in the Statens Museum for Kunst, which has a very large, but over saturated, downloadable file of the image. While in Rome in the early 19th century, Eckersberg […]


Killer kickflips in Colorado Springs. Thanks, Zachary Warren Madere.

Overpass, Colby Kansas

Overpass over the I-70, Colby, Kansas, 7:30 AM, gouache The spaces have opened up. Big empty vistas and long, long drives.

Ribbon Designs

from Ticket Writing and Sign Painting, 1916 Ribbon designs were popular design motifs in illustration and sign painting a hundred years ago. The book "Ticket Writing and Sign Painting" from 1916 advises to make sure to use them only when you have plenty of space to devote to them, and to use a little shadow to show which parts project forward. Show More Summary

Indiana Theater

Yesterday I was standing on the sidewalk of Terre Haute, Indiana painting this watercolor of an old theater sign, when a gentleman came up and identified himself as Rob Lundstrom, the owner.I recorded his greeting. Hopefully this audio...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Qui Ying landscape

Fishing under Chinese Sweet Gums, Qui Ying On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Hunan Provincial Museum (“Painting of Fishing by the Brook”).

Samuel Peploe

In the course of a career that bridged the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Scottish painter Samuel John Peploe moved his style from more straightforward realism into a painterly Manet-like approach — particularly to still life — that was marked by a striking economy and brushy, calligraphic paint marks; then to a flattened, boldly […]

Four Ways to Combine Audio With Your Artwork

Yesterday I showed you my "Studies in Casein" exhibit, created with the new Google Open Gallery toolkit. Now, here's the link to my "Studies in Watercolor" Exhibit. I set up this exhibit with the "immersive layout" option. This mode presents the art full-screen, with the video and audio on autoplay (adjust your volume). Show More Summary

Kent, Ohio

This morning we took a walk around the campus of Kent State and then I did this gouache painting at the corner of Water and Main Streets.Colors: White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Venetian Red, and Burnt Umber. In this set of colors, a tint of Burnt Umber looks like blue violet.

Ty Carter

Tyler Carter is concept and visual development artist, originally from Utah. While he was still in school, he interned at Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios. On graudtion, he began working with Blue Sky Studios, where he has worked on projects like Ice Age 4 and Epic, and is currently working on their new […]

Gurney Casein Exhibit

(You can slide through the images on your trackpad or use arrow keys to navigate the embedded feature above. Click on an image and zoom in, or play the video. If it doesn't work in the embedded form, just link directly over to my exhibition...Show More Summary

Your Roving Arts Reporter

We're on our way to Colorado and Wyoming, ready to cover events as they unfold. Our little car is packed full of gouache, casein, watercolor, fountain pens, coffee, and peanut-butter-flavored granola bars.

Eye Candy for Today: Thomas Lawrence portrait

Elizabeth Farren, Sir Thomas Lawrence In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use fullscreen or download links under image. A beautiful portrait in “the grand manner”. I love the brushwork in the hair, fur and fabric.

Régis Pettinari

Régis Pettinari is a French painter whose work I have admired for years, but am just now writing about — perhaps because every time I visit his blog, I find myself spending way too much time looking back through his extensive archive of work instead of writing my post. Pettinari is a painter of Paris, […]

Modulating Greens in Watercolor

Blog reader Diego Conte says: "I am a young self taught artist in Spain, and your books are probably the best resource I have ever found. And your watercolour video is amazing. I'm recommending them to every artist I know.""I don't know...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Gainsborough ink and wash landscape

Wooded Landscape with Country Cart and Figures Walking down a Lane, Thomas Gainsborough On Google Art Project. High-resolution file on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Yale Center for British Art. There’s something about ink and wash drawings like this one that feel… complete, like a form of painting with all the visual charm of […]

Scott Brundage (update)

Two things immediately jump out at me when looking over the illustrations of Scott Brundage: one is his deft control of mood and atmosphere across his range of styles, the other is, of course, the wonderful expressiveness of his characters. Brundage works in watercolor, and his style ranges from dark and intense to light and […]

Prismatic Palette

Frank Mason (1921-2009) was a painter and teacher at the Art Students League who used a shelf-like palette arrangement for his oil paints called "The Prismatic Palette." One of Mason's students, Keith Gunderson, explained it to me this...Show More Summary

Pierre Raby

It would be easy to simply classify Montreal-based artist Pierre Raby’s work as “photorealistic”; to do so, I think, is to miss the point. Raby’s paintings of cups, saucers, glassware and silver are marvelous wonderlands of light — reflected, refracted and bounced from one surface to the next in a cascade of color changes. Raby’s […]

Ebb and Flow of Artists' Reputations

Norman Rockwell, illustration from 1917, "The Ungrateful Man," from the Google Art Project and the Norman Rockwell Museum The reputations of Golden Age illustrators have risen and fallen over the decades. This Google NGram chart records...Show More Summary

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