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The Ice is Breaking Up

The ice is breaking up on the Hudson River. Hudson Ice, Gouache, 5 x 8 inches, 1.5 hours Blocks of ice the size of houses drift slowly in the current. They grind against each other or pull apart. Something below the surface groans and shudders. Show More Summary

Sketching the 1956 Protests in Montgomery, Alabama

In March of 1956, Harvey Dinnerstein and his friend Burton Silverman traveled to Montgomery, Alabama to sketch the civil rights movement that was happening in the African-American community. Rev. M.L. King, by Burton Silverman, 1956 The two 28-year-old artists were witnesses to the protest events in which Dr. Show More Summary

Hopeful Corgi

At my friend James Warhola's house in Long Island City, I sketched his Welsh corgi named Maya. She wondered why I was giving her so much attention, and whether I might feed her a bit of spaghetti or garlic bread. She only held this pose for about 30 seconds. Show More Summary

Sunken Entrance to the World Beneath

A flock of ammonoids drifts toward shipwrecks of galleons. In the right, the submersible cruises toward the entrance to the World Beneath. In keeping with the authenticity of the creatures of Dinotopia, several of the animals that Arthur Denison notates in his sketchbook are actual fossils from the Devonian Burgess Shale. Show More Summary

Guide Cells and Color Vision

Scientists have announced an important discovery about how structures in the retina shape color vision. The study concentrates on the Muller cells, which occupy a narrow space in front of the eyes' photoreceptors. It has always beenShow More Summary

Caricatures of Artists Painting

An artist at work is always a fun subject for caricature. Here are a couple of my favorites. This one shows J.M.W. Turner on Varnishing Day, before the Royal Academy opens its doors to the public. He's a pot-bellied imp with a long-handled mop for a paintbrush. Show More Summary

Eye Level in Complex Street Scenes

In the upcoming issue of International Artist magazine (April/May 2015, Issue #102), I'll present an article about how to establish the eye level line in a scene, and why it's important.If you were standing in front of an ocean or a flat desert, the eye level would be the same thing as the horizon. Show More Summary

A Gouache by Jean Giraud

Christie's in Paris will be hosting an auction of comics and illustration on March 14. One of the lots is a Jean Giraud cover for a 1970 Blueberry comic called the "Iron Horse," 36 X 49.2 cm (14.17 x 19.37 in.). Giraud's image of the American West evokes the work of Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell. Show More Summary

Painting an Imaginary Scene Outdoors

Can you paint a fantasy picture outdoors, directly from nature? In the Dinotopian scene called "Small Wonder," I wanted to show a springtime scene of two young people caring for a dinosaur hatchling. I painted the figures first in the studio, based on posed models—my son Dan and one of his friends, wearing Renaissance Fair costumes. Show More Summary

Disruptive Coloration

Male leopard in South Africa, Wikipedia photo by Lukas Kaffer Disruptive coloration is a type of camouflage that makes an animal disappear against its surroundings. It appears in nature on both predators and prey to interfere with their...Show More Summary

Dinotopia World Beneath Podcast Episode 5

It's Podcast Tuesday! Here's the newest episode of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. This one is really immersive -- in more ways than one. You can listen to the episode with the play button above or...Show More Summary

Andy Warhol's Family Kickstarts Documentary

Andy Warhol's nieces and nephews are Kickstarting a documentary about their uncle Andy. The family has a unique perspective on the story of Warhol's rise from his Pittsburgh roots to dominate the New York art scene.Older brother Paul, who ran the family's junkyard, nurtured Andy's early interest in newspaper images and photography. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 4 of 4)

Gerome in his atelier, from an 1889 edition of Century Magazine To conclude our four-part look at the teaching style of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) let's consider the remembrances of some of his students looking back on their time studying with him at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.E. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 3 of 4)

Earl Shinn, writing in The Nation magazine in 1869, described the terms of criticism that students heard most commonly in the École des Beaux-Arts, especially from Jean-Leon Gérôme. These terms, and the concepts they represent, provide an insight into the aesthetics that were valued in an academic figure study. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 2 of 4)

This is part two of a four-part series examining practices and principles taught the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century. (Part 1 here). This post is excerpted from an article by Earl Shinn, an American student in Jean-Léon Gérôme's atelier. Show More Summary

Beaux-Arts Instruction (Part 1 of 4)

What kind of instruction did the students receive at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century? This begins a four-part series about the concepts and criticism in the atelier of Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), based on a rare first-hand account of an American student who reported his experience in 1869. Show More Summary

Foreground Miniatures

Michael Paul Smith takes photos of his favorite town, called Elgin Park. The pictures look like snapshots from some midcentury utopian town. Most of his photos involve some cars parked on the street and buildings and trees in the background. Show More Summary

Phil May (1863-1904)

"Shave, or hair cut, sir?" "Corns, you fool! Phil May (1863-1904) was an English cartoonist known for his deft and economical pen-and-ink caricatures. He grew up around the theater, so he was familiar with music hall actors and types. Show More Summary

Dinotopia: World Beneath Episode 4

It's Podcast Tuesday! Here's the newest episode of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the episode with the play button above or by following this link to Soundcloud. "Trust old Crabb," says Lee as they approach Black Fish Tavern by the light of the moon. Show More Summary


This small oil study by James Perry Wilson was left unfinished, allowing us to see how he did it. After a careful line drawing, he painted from background to foreground, completing each area before moving on to the next. This photo shows J. Show More Summary

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