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Filed Under:Arts / General Visual Arts
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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

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Questioning Landscape Conventions

In his book on watercolor painting, Francis Russell Flint expressed a common rule of composition: "Avoid lines that cut a picture in half, both vertically and horizontally." View of Madrid, 1987-1994, 72x94 in. by Antonio López García,...Show More Summary

School Bus: Step-By-Step in Gouache

Here's a step-by-step sequence of the school bus painting that I showed you recently. The medium is watercolor and gouache. I used a background-to-foreground approach, starting with the sky, then the trees, then the surrounding setting, and finally the bus and its details. Show More Summary

Short Film about a Magical Sketchbook

"Lila" is a short wordless film that follows a young woman with her magical sketchbook. (Link to video). Fantasy meets reality when she holds up her sketches next to her subjects. The drawings animate and seem to enter the subjects'Show More Summary

Armand Baltazar's Illustrated Trilogy "Timeless"

Armand Baltazar, an artist and senior designer at Pixar, just inked a deal with HarperCollins for a three book illustrated series called "Timeless."According to the Hollywood Reporter, the trilogy is "in the vein of Avatar and Harry Potter. Show More Summary

Video Chat for Outdoor Painter Magazine

(Link to video)Here's a short video chat I did in Wyoming for Bob Bahr of Outdoor Painter magazine. He asked me about gouache, casein, watercolor, and our cross-country sketching adventure.Here's the painting I was working on when I did the interview. ---- Outdoor Painter article "Watercolor in the Wild" at Sellfy (Paypal) or Gumroad (credit cards)

Painting a Street Scene in Watercolor

Here's a video that I made while painting a row of shopfronts in Huntington, Indiana. (Direct link to video)My first step is to first measure out a reasonably accurate perspective drawing in pencil. I cover the surface with a light ghost wash.Then I place the watercolor tones with a flat brush. Show More Summary

Arthur Guptill Renders a Window

In 1935, Arthur Guptill demonstrated a sequential method frequently used by architectural illustrators for painting a window. Guptill first draws the subject in pencil, giving careful attention to the perspective. He rules the lines of the shutters very evenly. Show More Summary

ImagineFX Article on Composition

The new issue of ImagineFX magazine, on newsstands now, has an article that I wrote about composition. It begins by resisting the usual approaches to composition, which typically lay out systems of geometric grids, or talk about controlling the eye, or present a series of design prohibitions. Show More Summary

Barker's Flower Fairies

Cicely Mary Barker, Privet Fairy The portrayal of fairies often focuses on their supposed malicious or mischievous nature, but fairies in early 20th century British popular culture were more often portrayed as ethereal and innocent nature spirits. Show More Summary

Dry Touching or Dragging

A 19th century painting manual describes a technique called "dry touching" where lighter tones of oils are scumbled over a middle tone base, with a result something like pastels. Thomas Couture (1815-1879) "Bust of a Young Girl," Oil on canvas, 46 x 34 cm. Show More Summary

American Masters Show at the Salmagundi Club

I'm pleased to announce that four of my landscape paintings will be exhibited and offered for sale at the American Masters show from October 14 - 24 at the Salmagundi Club in New York.I'll be honored to be sharing the walls with artists like John Stobart, Burt Silverman, Christopher Blossom, Dean Mitchell, and Scott Christensen. Show More Summary

Kevin Crawford on the Flute

Here's Irish flutist Kevin Crawford, sketched from life in a pub session. It's just a couple inches square drawn in watercolor and water-soluble colored pencils.He's a wonderfully dynamic player, and in truth he looks a lot less cadaverous than I made him appear -- sorry Kevin!

Skybax Car

I've always had a fondness for exuberantly painted cars. Here's one in Ohio that features Will Denison from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara painted on the hood.In case you couldn't make it out, here's the painting it's based on. I love the wiggly yellow line against the blue and black stripes and the gradation from red to orange. Show More Summary

Brain Activity During Eye Movements

French philosopher Henri Bergson once said: "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend." Psychologist Martin Rolfs has studied what happens in the brain when the eyes jump from one subject to another in the rapid eye movements called saccades. Show More Summary

Clement on the Can — New CLEMENTOONS Adventure

In this brand new episode of CLEMENTOONS, Clement makes a sled out of a crushed soda can and embarks on a wild ride. ( Direct link to video ) CLEMENTOONS is my stop-motion animated adventure series about a little cartoon person on a perilous journey through the real world to the toyland of Melville. Show More Summary

Turner Paints a Man-of-War

Once while staying as a guest at the estate of Walter Fawkes, J.M.W. Turner was asked to paint a watercolor of a British man-of-war. His process of painting was extraordinary. According to an eyewitness, "He began by pouring wet paint onto the paper till it was saturated. Show More Summary

Troll-Caught Tuna Contest Results

We received 35 entries, all in the illustration category, for the "Troll-Caught Tuna" contest. The inspiration was a label on a tuna can that suggested that maybe trolls did the fishing. I asked you to imagine how trolls might catch, sell, or prep the tuna. Show More Summary

Night Sketching in Alleys

Night sketching in alleys opens up new worlds of light and color. Streetlights come in a variety of color casts: the yellow of sodium vapor, the green of mercury vapor, the red of neon, and the blue-white of metal halide. Our eyes can see variations in these light colors that elude the camera. Show More Summary

John Seerey-Lester Doing a Demo

John Seerey-Lester is known for his wildlife, landscape, and historical paintings. He and his wife Suzie are featured on the cover of the upcoming October/November issue of International Artist magazine. While John did a demo at the SKB Workshop recently in Wyoming, I sat off to the side and painted his portrait in watercolor. Show More Summary

Solstice Effect

Here's an unusual effect in Indiana where the sun is setting directly behind us due west on the Solstice, and the light bounces back from all the signs lined up due east.

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