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Paul Cornoyer

Paul Cornoyer was an American painter who worked in the Barbizon and Impressionist styles. Born in St. Louis, he studied there at the St. Louis School of Art, as well as in Paris at the Académie Julian. He spent much of his later career in New York, where he taught an delighted in painting street […]

Trost Richards seascape method

William Trost Richards "British Coastal View (Coast of Cornwall)" circa 1880Oil on paper mounted on artist's board, 8-3/4 x 16 inches (22.2 x 40.6 cm) Here's an oil study by William Trost Richards of the coast of Cornwall. If we hadShow More Summary

Rousse's Illusions

French artist Georges Rousse has been creating single-perspective illusions for several decades now. What appears to be a two dimensional design floating in front of a room is really an unadulterated photo of a painted room. Creating...Show More Summary

Forgot his brushes

Have you ever forgotten your brushes on a painting excursion? Sir Alfred Munnings did. Here's what happened. "Once on Exmoor, not long ago," he writes in his memoir, "I arrived by car at Cloud Farm to paint Bagsworthy Water, some twelve miles away, and found I had forgotten my brushes. Show More Summary

What is 'Picturesque'?

For over three hundred years, people have tried to identify ideal landscapes in terms of paintings. A landscape would be called picturesque if it resembled a painting by Claude Lorrain (1600-1682) or Nicolas Poussin. A tourist wouldShow More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Johannes Klinkenberg river and town scene

A View of the Groenburgwal with the Zuiderkerk, seen from the River Amstel, Amsterdam, Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg On the Elsewhere blog (for which I must issue a Timesink Warning). Also on Sotheby’s. Original is in a private collection. Another beautiful example of the genre of 19th century Dutch townscape paintings that I just love […]

Comic Book Cartography

Comic Book Cartography is a blog by John Hilgart in which he features maps, charts, diagrams, infographics and — always my favorite — cut-away views from the pages of comics past. [Via Wired]

The Color of Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape Watercolors at NGA

The Color of Nature: Recent Acquisitions of Landscape Watercolors is a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, DC, in which they are highlighting 15 watercolor and gouache paintings acquired in recent years. Like drawings and other works on paper, watercolors can’t be on permanent display in museums because of their susceptibility to light […]

Pinocchio in the Bird Cage

Ken Anderson relates the following details about the complexity of one of the scenes in Disney's Pinocchio (1940): "The most difficult multi-plane shot in terms of design and layout was far from the most spectacular of the film. It’s where Pinocchio is locked in the bird cage in Stromboli’s wagon, and the wagon is moving. Show More Summary

Diner counter

Yesterday at the diner in Red Hook, New York, I painted Tom sitting at the counter reading his paper. Since he had finished his meal before I started sketching, I guessed he wouldn't be there long. So I skipped the pencil lay-in stage and dove in with flat brushes, painting shape against shape. Show More Summary

Erucarum Ortus

The illustrations below were designed by the German artist and naturalist, Maria Sibylla Merian. The plates were originally prepared for a mid-1670s book on the metamorphosis of caterpillars into butterflies. However, the scientificShow More Summary

Answers to your questions about sketching animals

Last May, I did a blog post about sketching animals from life and invited you to submit questions for a Q and A in International Artist magazine. The new issue of International Artist is printed, and should be on the newsstands soon....Show More Summary

Radio Sketch Artist

Blog reader Mike Sheehan is a sketch artist who works with his local radio station KPCC to provide visuals for radio stories on the station's website. Here's a short interview and gallery where he talks about how his sketchbook gives him a different perspective on news events. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Whistler etching of Wapping Warf

Wapping Warf, James McNeil Whistler Original is roughly 6×9 inches (15x23cm). In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use download or enlarge icons below image. Another of Whistler’s stellar etchings of riverfront architecture and activity — a beautiful use of line and texture.

Dogs diving for balls

Photographer Seth Casteel gets some amazing photos of dogs chasing balls underwater.Via DistractifyFrom Seth's new book Underwater Puppies

Eva Gonzalès

Eva Gonzalès was a 19th century Franch painter associated with the Impressionist circle. More specifically, after studying with portrait painter Charles Chaplin, she became the only formal pupil of Édouard Manet. Manet’s influence is certainly visible in some of her work. Manet painted a portrait of her in which she is posed as if painting […]

Kolinsky sable brushes banned

Artists have long admired the qualities of Kolinsky sable brushes, but American customers are finding them hard to purchase due to an import ban earlier this year from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.The ban includes popular—but expensive—brushes...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Hiroshi Yoshida woodblock print

Sekishozan (Shi-shung-shan, South China), Hiroshi Yoshida Large version here. As much as I recognize and admire the influence Japanese printmakers had on European artists, notably the French Impressionists, my favorite synthesis of Japanese...Show More Summary

Xiaodi Jin

Xiaodi Jin is a freelance concept artist based in Bejing, China. Beyond, that, I can find little information, and only a few images. The images that are available, however, are tantalizing — wonderfully atmospheric and textural — and leave me waiting for more. [Via Spectrum Fantastic on Twitter @SFantasticAL]

Norman Rockwell talks about "Family Tree"

When Norman Rockwell set out to write his 1960 memoir "My Adventures as an Illustrator," he began by talking into a dictaphone recorder with his son Thomas. The soundtrack of this video is an excerpt of that audio. At the time he was...Show More Summary

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