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Bozzetto

Tiepolo Giovanni Battista (1696/ 1770), oil, 39 cm x 68 cm p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Bozzetto is an Italian term that refers to a comprehensive color sketch to work out an overall composition. Show More Summary

Optical Box (1750-1790)

This optical box from the Museum of Cinema in Catalonia dates from the late 18th century. (Link to YouTube video). It had multiple functions: You could use it as a camera obscura for drawing. Besides this, it could be folded up into the shape of a book and easily transported. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Edward Poynter’s Lesbia and Her Sparrow

Lesbia and Her Sparrow, Sir Edward John Poynter Link is to downloadable high-res file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in a private collection; information on the painting can be found in the Bonham’s auction page for its last sale. The painting is a reference to accounts by the Roman poet Gaius Valerius Catullus of his […]

Daniel Merriam (update)

Danial Merriam is an artist I first wrote about in 2012, who is known for his fantastical architectural dreamscapes. Merriam draws on his background in architectural and commercial illustration to inform his architecture-themed imaginings with nuanced geometric solidity, somewhat in the tradition of capriccio popular in the 18th and 19th centuries (see my posts on […]

Daud Akhriev

Originally from the former Soviet Union, where he studied at the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Daud Akhriev is a painter who currently divides his time between the U.S. and Spain. Akhriev works in a variety of mediums, primarily oil, but also watercolor and tempera, as well as working in ceramics, sculpture and mosaics. Some […]

A Slap On The Derrière

When Napoleon III visited the Salon of 1853, he did not like Gustave Courbet's painting "Bathers." So he walked up to the 8-foot-tall canvas and slapped the posterior of the figure with his riding crop. Courbet, The Bathers, 1853 The issue was not that she was nude, nor was it the size of her posterior, which appeared proletarian to many observers. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Meléndez still life with apples

Still Life with Apples, Grapes, Melons, Bread, Jug and Bottle, Luis Meléndez Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional D’Arte De Catalunya. Here is another beautiful still life by 17th century Spanish master Luis Egidio Meléndez. I’m particularly fascinated in this arrangement […]

New Portrait Book from Nathan Fowkes

Many of us have been following Nathan Fowkes on the internet, both for his landscape gouache studies and his portrait studies.Yesterday I received a copy of his new book "How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal," and it's every bit as beautifully...Show More Summary

X-Story, Vitaliy Shushko

X-Story is an animated short (roughly 12 minutes) by Vitaliy Shushko. At first, I thought this was a promo or incorporated animation for a game from a major company. Given the production values, length and level of accomplishment, I was surprised to find that this was an independent animation project. I checked Shushko’s blog and […]

Richard Johnson's Migrant Portraits

Richard Johnson has served as a war correspondent, urban sketcher, and newspaper illustrator. Now he has turned his attention to portraits and stories from the migrant experience. In a project sponsored by McKinsey&Company, he documented many of them with his sketchbook. Show More Summary

Henry Herbert La Thangue

Henry Herbert La Thangue was an English painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After studying at the Royal Academy in London, his work brought him attention and a scholarship to study with highly regarded French painter and teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme in Paris. In spite of Gérôme’s conservative disapproval of the new […]

Golden Age Illustration Exhibit in Long Island

Clockwise from U.L.: Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell,Maxfield Parrish, Tom Lovell Coming up December 10 is an exhibition of Golden Age American illustration called "Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection." The exhibit, in Long Island, NY, is borrowed from the collection of illustrator Mort Künstler. Show More Summary

Broken Aspen

When we set up to paint, we didn't know we were standing in the middle of the moose's salad bar. Luckily they left us alone. If you're getting this post by email, you may need to follow this YouTube link to see the video. I'm focusing...Show More Summary

Natural history illustration exhibit opens in Jamestown

An exhibition of natural history illustration called Focus on Nature will open tomorrow at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. "Since its inception in 1990, the New York State Museum’s Focus on Nature exhibit series has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural history illustrators. Show More Summary

Charley Parker on Casein

Charley Parker of the blog "Lines and Colors" has written a well-illustrated and comprehensive post on painting in casein, as well as a review of my recent video "Casein Painting in the Wild.""Casein is one of the least familiar of the...Show More Summary

Painting with casein paint

Casein (pronounced “kay’ seen”) is a water based paint in which the binder is the milk protein of the same name. Casein is one of the least familiar of the water based painting mediums available to contemporary painters, even though it’s one of the oldest painting mediums known. Casein’s use can be reliably traced back […]

Casein Painting in the Wild, James Gurney

Casein is a water based paint that uses milk protein as its binder. It shares many characteristics with gouache; both are water-based, opaque and dry to an appealing matte finish. Both dry quickly and can be used in concert with other water based mediums. Both are neglected step-children of watercolor and are somewhat on the […]

Klaire's Art Book Review

Thanks to Klaire de Lys for mentioning Imaginative Realism and Color and Light in her list of favorite art books ( link to video review on YouTube ) Here's her whole list (Amazon links): Imaginative Realism Collins Complete Artist'sShow More Summary

Thomas Fluharty

After an extensive career as an illustrator and storyboard artist, Thomas Fluharty has turned his focus to personal projects, often applying his classical art training to painted caricatures of pop culture icons. As you explore his website, you’ll find other series, including wonderfully expressive dogs and nicely nasty sharks. You can also find a selection […]

Wow, I Went Viral!

Yesterday, quite unexpectedly, a little video I put on Facebook went viral, with 2.5 million views. Here's a link to the video on Facebook, and here is the longer version on YouTube that shows more of the making. The video was a newShow More Summary

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