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Interview on Savvy Painter

I was honored to be interviewed recently by Antrese Wood on her art podcast Savvy Painter. She just released my interview podcast yesterday.You can listen on Stitcher here or on iTunes here. Here's the introductory page.You might also...Show More Summary

Question about Lights and Darks

Picture by John VanHouten Blog reader John VanHouten asks:"Hey James,I know you say on your website that you don't give personal art advice but this question is about light. Specifically, the phrase about the lightest darks being darker than the darkest lights. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Tissot’s Tea

Tea, James Tissot In the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the download or zoom icons under the image for the high-resolution version. Tissot here copied and expanded on a portion of another of his own paintings, Bad News. The change in context from the narrative of the latter painting gives this one a very different […]

Dan Beck

With a loose, gestural approach, North Carolina based painter Dan Beck appears to have applied paint to his canvasses with wild abandon — belying the carefully controlled values and nuanced color choices that make his compositions so effective. His vigorous application of rough-edged shapes dissolve many of his edges, leaving key sharp edged contrasts to […]

USDA Pomological Watercolors Digital Collection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has placed online and extensive digital collection of late 19th and early 20th century watercolors of fruit varieties that were commissioned both as a botanical resource and as illustrations for the department’s publications. “Pomology” the study of fruit breeding and production. There are over 7,000 images of watercolors by two […]

New Life for an Elf Alien

Outsider Artist, oil by James Gurney This oil painting of a frog-like alien artist currently appears in the museum exhibition "The Art of James Gurney." He holds a palette and a paintbrush loaded up with paint, while behind him is a dark fabric background. Show More Summary

Matt Rhodes

Matt Rhodes is lead concept artist on Dragon Age: Inquisition at Bioware. I both his professional and personal work, Rhodes combines economy of notation in his line with atmospheric application of color. If he weren’t kept busy by his concept art schedule, I’d love to see his style applied to comics. As one of his […]

Charles Harold Davis: Mystic Impressionist

Charles Harold Davis (1856-1933) Evening, 1886 The Bruce Museum in Connecticut is holding a retrospective exhibition of American painter Charles Harold Davis, who captured a range of moods of his native New England landscapes.He studied...Show More Summary

Hans Heysen

Hans Heysen is another of those wonderful turn of the 20th century Australian artists that we just don’t hear enough about here in the U.S. Born in Germany, Heysen came to Australia with his parents at the age of 7. He studied in Australia and for four year, in Europe. He worked in oil, charcoal […]

Videos: Eyellusions, Ugly Babies, and Imagination

A few videos you might enjoy:Using simple visual effects techniques that anyone can do—such as green screen, stop motion, and foreground miniatures—Hull and Train Exhibits created a short silent fantasy epic inspired by Melies. (Link...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Tiffany glass mosaic

Garden Landscape, Louis Comfort Tiffany & Studio Favrille-glass mosaic, 103×114 in (263×290 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tiffany may have made this in preparation for work on the even larger Dream Garden mosaic, here in Philadelphia, on which he collaborated with Maxfield Parrish. I love the subtle, painterly representation of […]

Strategies for Evoking Moonlight

"Khasra by Moonlight" is one of the original paintings in the exhibition "The Art of James Gurney" in Philadelphia. Khasra by Moonlight by James Gurney, 12 x 18 inches, oil on board To evoke the feeling of moonlight, I used the following...Show More Summary

Changing Face of Malta

In 1876, Edward Caruana Dingli was born into a family of artists in Valetta, Malta. He studied at the British Academy in Rome and returned to Malta to paint the folk life of his native land. Wayside Orange Seller by Edw. Caruana Dingli...Show More Summary

Shushana Rucker

Like a musician who prefers the emotional tone of downtempo compositions, Philadelphia based painter and printmaker Shushana Rucker finds visual fascination in the muted contrasts of overcast skies and the overlooked subjects of industrial buildings, railways and related structures. Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Botticelli idealized portrait

Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), Sandro Botticelli Tempera on wood panel, 32×21 in (82×54 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. There is also an article devoted to the painting on Wikipedia. This exquisite […]

E.H. Shepard's WWI Illustrations

Starting October 9, the House of Illustration in London will present an exhibition of the World War I reportorial art of E.H. Shepard."Best known for his drawings for Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, as well as his regular work for Punch magazine, E.H. Show More Summary

Systems that Dazzle

Two current exhibitions--Gabriel Evertz: The Gray Question at Minus Space in Dumbo (through the 31st), and 1960s Hard Edge Painting: DC, LA, NY at D. Wigmore Fine Art on Fifth Avenue in Midtown (through Nov. 6)--afford us a look, spanning...Show More Summary

Sean Sevestre

Sean Sevestre is a freelance concept artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Beyond that I have little information about his background. His work, though primarily digital and modern, has a character of classical and Victorian art, with a nod to classic literature. In his blog and Tumblr you will also find sketches and work […]

Levka Gambo of Dinotopia

This painting is from my 1992 book Dinotopia, A Land Apart from Time. Will and Sylvia visit Levka Gambo in his Tibetan-inspired hideaway at the top of the Forbidden Mountains.The technique is a thin, transparent wash of oil over illustration board that has been sealed with acrylic matte medium. Show More Summary

Rovina Cai

Australian illustrator Rovina Cai works primarily in graphite, defining her forms in curving linear textures that also sweep through atmospheric backgrounds. Her frequently gothic-themed illustrations also can have color — sparinglyShow More Summary

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