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Lynn Boggess

In writing about painters who work with thick impasto (such as Antonio Mancini), I have sometimes used “troweled on” as a metaphor to describe the heavy application of paint. In the case of West Virginia painter Lynn Boggess, however, “troweled on” literally applies to his painting method. Boggess works in a manner associated with painting […]

Camera Obscura Experiment

Jane Morris Pack, a painter and educator in Greece, has built a camera obscura to learn more about the methods that might have been used by Vermeer. Here's the first version that she tried out, using a modular frame and black drape. And here's her improved box with better light-shielding ability. Show More Summary

Mr. Hublot and the sculptures of Stéphane Halleux

I’m usually not one to watch award shows; I would rather (quite literally) watch paint dry. However, in the case of the Academy Awards, I usually will take note the day after of mentions in the category of Best Animated Short Film. This year’s winner in that category, Mr. Hublot, a CGI animated short directed […]

Eye Candy for Today: Thayer’s Roses

Roses, Abbott Handerson Thayer On Google Art Project. Downloadable high-res image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this piece in person; if you’re at the Smithsonian, it’s worth seeking out (not that there aren’t other treasures aplenty in the same collection.) According to The […]

Eytan Zana

Eytan Zana is an illustrator and concept artist working in both the gaming and film industries. He has worked on titles like The Last Of Us and Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception. Beyond that, I know little, as his blog doesn’t give a great deal of background information. It does, however, have examples of his wonderfully […]

Mr Hublot wins Oscar

The Academy Award for best animated short film last night went to "Mr Hublot," which is available free on YouTube. (Direct link to video) Mr HUBLOT ArtBook (the art of Mr Hublot) from MrHublot on Vimeo.The film is about "a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Show More Summary

Ride on an iceboat

Today I had my first ride ever on an iceboat. Reid Bielenberg invited me aboard the Vixen, a lateen-rigged ice yacht from 1885 once owned by John A. Roosevelt, FDR's uncle.There were over 30 iceboats on the Hudson today, the best conditions they've seen in decades.

Mykola Pymonenko

Born just outside of Kiev, 19th century artist Mykola Pymonenko spent most of his career portraying the land and people of his native Ukraine. He became a member of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts, but also exhibited with the more progressive Society of South Russian Artists and the Peredvizhniki. (See my Lines and Colors […]

Army Art Collection

This painting by Mead Schaeffer is part of the Army Art collection, which is stored in a large warehouse 30 minutes outside of Washington, and is rarely seen by the public. Many of the paintings were made by servicemen on duty who were an eyewitness to dramatic world events. Show More Summary

Michal Dziekan

Michal Dziekan is an illustrator and character designer based in Warsaw, Poland, whose stylistic range reaches from acerbic cartoony exaggeration to surprisingly lyrical imagery. His website includes pages of illustrations from various...Show More Summary

Comic Strip Documentary "Stripped"

A feature-length documentary has been released about comic strips and how they're coping with the disappearance of newspapers. The video includes a poster by the elusive Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), along with on-camera interviews...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Breitner’s Girl in a White Kimono

Girl in a White Kimono, George Hendrik Breitner In the Rijksmuseum. One of several paintings Breitner did of young women posing languidly in kimonos. See the Artcyclopedia entry for more resources on Breitner.

James Freeman

Pennsylvania artist James Freeman describes his work as “Magic Realist oil paintings, a combination of landscape and still life”. Freeeman’s fascinating, often complex, compositions consist primarily of plant forms — though they often incorporate man-made objects — in which the context of our view of plants is shifted by his selection of point of view, […]

Using historical photos as inspiration

Imagine a giant fish-like ship, burning and sinking, with its surviving crew straggled along the top, waiting to be rescued. I did this gouache painting last year. It's called "The Sinking of the Hagfish," part of a new round of backstory...Show More Summary

18th century paintings meet Google Street View

A reditt and imgur user who lives in London and goes by the handle “shystone” has posted two series of photomontages in which 18th century pantings are superimposed over Google Street View images of the same scene, creating in each a sort of artistic portal into the past. One set is of London, with paintings […]

Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter

Aficionados of the genre, and I certainly count myself one, will sometimes refer to a triumvirate of painters as “Masters of the Loaded Brush”: John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida and Anders Zorn. (See my posts here on Lines and Colors on John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla.) This is a group that should […]

Flip book animation in a paperback

Some of you know that my career began in the animation business, and that I have dabbled in animation alongside painting and writing.When I was doing science fiction paperback covers, I convinced my art director, Gene Mydlowski, to let...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Bruegel’s Tower of Babel

The Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder Bruegel’s depiction of the Biblical story of the attempt to build a tower to the heavens is a remarkable depiction of scale and a stunning tour de force of perspective and detail. Bruegel has placed his tower, as it spirals upward, against the backdrop of a contemporary […]

Military Helmets

Here are some of military helmets, sketched at the West Point Museum of the U.S. Military Academy Museum in New York.

Hannibal, Missouri, 1983

Hannibal, Missouri, August 25, 1983, by James Gurney. Pencil, 11x14 inches. In 1983 I sat on the curb in Hannibal, Missouri and sketched the storefronts on Broadway. In the margins I wrote the following notes:A mortician told us that the Schwartz Funeral Home caught fire. Show More Summary

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