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Bracketed by Walt Disney reading quotes from Robert Henri’s The Art Spirit, this delightful short from 1958 briefly visits four Disney animators in the studio, where three of them are at the time working on the classic Sleeping Beauty animated feature, and then follows them into the California countryside, where they paint an old live [...]
Lady Elizabeth Thimbelby and her Sister, Anthony van Dyck In the National Gallery, London. Use fullscreen and zoom controls to the right of the image. You can zoom in even further than I have here. Van Dyck dazzles with his masterful rendering of fabric, flesh and hair. I love the way he has positioned and [...]
UK illustrator Matthew Cook often works in an area of illustration known as reportage, essentially called on to observe and report on scenes in which news or events of interest to the publication for which he is working are happening. This is something of a throwback to the days prior to the widespread use of [...]
Still Life with Fruit and Oysters, Jacob van Walscapelle Show-off. From Museo Lázaro Galdiano on Google Art Project. Click in lower right of image for zoom controls.
I was sorry to learn today that Drawn, one of the bright go-to points on the web for regular shots of cartooning and illustration inspiration, has ended its run after 8 years. Started in early 2005 by cartoonist and illustrator John Martz, and eventually drawing on a collaborative rooster of artists, Drawn was always finding [...]
Forest Scene, Paul Weber Roughly 6×5? (15x12cm). In the Walters Art Museum. Click “Explore Object” in upper left of image for zoomable version.
Kenne Gregoire is a Dutch painter who is showing his work in the U.S. for the first time in an exhibition that opens today at the Arcadia Gallery in New York. (Note that the link given will change to the next current exhibition after 6/1/13. After that you may still be able to access the [...]
Though I was familiar with the online portfolio of Colorado plein air painter Jim Wodark (pronounced “wood-ark”), and already had him on my list for a post, I had the opportunity recently to meet the artist and attend a demo he gave at the recent Wayne Plein Air Festival here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Wodark was [...]
Still Life, Georg Flegel This wonderful little painting is only a little over 10×13 inches (27x34cm). The original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. High-res image here (2.8mb).
Rhinegold and the Valkyries, page 28, by Arthur Rackham Image from Wikimedia Commons For more on Rackham, and additional links to images and resources, see my most recent post on Authur Rackham.
Not to be confused with the more general Museum Day in September, which is sponsored by Smithsonian magazine (my post here), Art Museum Day is a relatively new event, started last year, that is sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors. This Saturday, May 18, 2013, participating art museums in the U.S. Canada and [...]
The Wayne Plein Air Festival, held here in Southeastern Pennsylvania each May, is now in its seventh year and has grown into an important regional plein air event. The participating artists paint for three days at locations within 15 miles of the town, one day in nearby Philadelphia and one day in the town of [...]
I’ve written before on Lines and Colors about the beautiful and groundbreaking series of Superman cartoons created by Fleischer Studios that ran before feature films in the early 1940?s. I’ve written a more extensive article for Tor.com that delves into their place in the onscreen history of the character. It was posted this morning and [...]
Isabella and the Pot of Basil, John White Alexander I love the contrast of this spare, Art Nouveau-tinged interpretation of the tragic and somewhat gruesome tale of Isabella, as compared to William Holman Hunt’s lavish and equally stunning interpretation of the same story. The John White Alexander painting is in the Museum of Fine Arts, [...]
Since I first wrote about illustrator Patrick Arrasmith back in 2008, he has become best known as the illustrator of the Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. Arrasmith works in the difficult but rewarding medium of scratchboard, in which line and tone are created by scratching black ink from the surface of clay-coated board on [...]
Portrait of the Artist’s Mother and Sister, Berthe Morisot An intimate family portrait by an underappreciated member of the Impressionist circle.
Cayce Zavaglia creates her portraits using a novel variation on the time honored traditions of tapestry, using crewel embroidery wool in a method in which the direction of the threads are not blended into a uniform pattern, but given direction within the creation of the form — like brushstrokes, producing a much more “painterly” (“threaderly”?) [...]
John Singer Sargent, long dismissed by the art establishment as a facile painter of society portraits, has finally in recent years been getting something of his due as a painter. Beyond the technical mastery and delicious painterly flourish of his formal work in oil, Sargent was one of the great masters of the medium of [...]
The Gates of Hell was an ambitious and astonishing work by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin that was never realized in his lifetime. The sculpture exists in two versions, one of which was cast in bronze posthumously from reconstructed plaster casts. The work stands almost 30 feet (6m) high and 12 feet (4m) wide, with [...]
“Cartoon Kevin” is a project by Kevin McShane in which he has over a period of two years drawn cartoon self portraits in the style of 100 different animation artists, from Winsor McCay to this year’s fascinating Disney short, Paperman (my post here). When viewing the images, hover for the style, click for the larger [...]