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Fidelia Bridges

Fidelity Bridges, Milkweeds, 1876. Watercolor and gouache on paper Fidelia Bridges (1834 - 1923) was known for her meticulous botanical studies, many of which were painted outdoors in nature. Both of her parents died when she was in her teens. Show More Summary

Dan Gurney's Sons Drive His Cars at Indy

My cousin Dan Gurney was mighty proud last Sunday when his four sons took some laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in four of his creations. (link to YouTube)

Plein-Air Painting in the 1920s

A silent black-and-white film from the 1920s (Link to YouTube) turned up in the basement of an art club.At 2:03, it shows a group of well dressed men painting outdoors, using a variety of easels that were typical of the time.-----Thanks, Stuart Fullerton and Robert Horvath.

W.T. Richards "Into the Woods"

William Trost Richards painted Into the Woods when he was about 27 years old. It's in oil, and it's not large (15.5 x 20 inches / 39.7 x 51 cm). William Trost Richards, Into the Woods, oil/canvas, 1860 I would guess that it was painted entirely on the spot in at least a dozen sittings, and probably in at least two different locations. Show More Summary

Gérôme on Truth, Illustration, and Photography

Late in his life, academic painter and teacher Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904) wrote a statement of his beliefs about art. "The fact is that truth is the one thing truly good and beautiful; and, to render it effectively, the surest means are those of mathematical accuracy. Show More Summary

"Color and Light" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

We just received copies the new Chinese hardback edition of "Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter" (upper left) from the Eurasian Publishing Group / Solutions Publishing.There's also a Chinese softcover edition and a Japanese and Korean edition. The little dinosaur on the cover is Mei long, from China's Liaoning province.

Color Photography from 1913

In its informal pose and rich color, this photograph looks like it was shot in 1973, but actually it was taken in 1913. It used the Autochrome process, developed in 1903 by the Lumière brothers, using glass plates covered with potato starch. Show More Summary

Exhibit Review: Benjamin-Constant in Montreal

Marvels and Mirages is more than an exhibition about Benjamin-Constant, and it's more than a show about Orientalism. It's a loving embrace of the broader themes of exoticism and storytelling, and an ambitious revival of a lost world of picture-making. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club, Chapter 8—Line Drawing: Practical

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 8, "The Study of Drawing," from Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing.The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Urban Sketchers, Montreal

Yesterday we painted in Montreal's Chinatown with the Urban Sketchers group. We met at Place Sun-Yat-Sen, facing the East Gate. I used gouache, dramatizing the lighting a little to spotlight just part of the face of the main building. Show More Summary

Painting a Pelican at the Pember

Yesterday we stopped at the Pember Museum of Natural History, a collection of old natural history specimens that is still displayed in Victorian-style glass cases. The small museum is in Granville, New York, near the border with Vermont. Show More Summary

Rare Video of Illustrator Arthur William Brown

Here's a rare archival sound film from 1949, showing Golden-Age illustrator Arthur William Brown (1881-1966) as he tells the story of his career and the principles behind his pictures. (Link to YouTube) He says: "I think I was one of...Show More Summary

Tone Paper Studies

I drew this study from a live model in charcoal and white chalk on brown wrapping paper. It was made in preparation for a National Geographic illustration. I drew the study instead of taking a photo because it's faster. In 20 minutes I had all the essential information I needed. Show More Summary

H. Septimus Power's Horse Paintings

Septimus Power, The End of the Day H. Septimus Power (1877-1951) was a New-Zealand-born Australian artist who was always fascinated with horses. H. Septimus Power, Horse Cart, Watercolor He got an early job painting animal heads on butchers' delivery vans, and later worked for a veterinarian. Show More Summary

Yakovlev's Citroën Expeditions

Alexander Yakovlev (1887-1938) Mirza Dolik One of the works in the upcoming Sotheby's auction of Russian pictures is this portrait by Alexander Yakovlev. Portrait of Mirza Dolik (detail) The drawing is 20 x 14 inches, and it was drawn outdoors from life in 1931 using sanguine and pastel on paper. Show More Summary

GJ Book Club, Chapter 7: "The Study of Drawing"

On the GJ Book Club, we're studying Chapter 7, "The Study of Drawing," from Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in italics, followed by a brief remark of my own. Show More Summary

Nearly-Notan Gouache with Yellow Underpainting

I ask Jeanette if she wants me to help her in the supermarket, and she says, "Really, I'd rather not. Why don't you go do a sketch?" I know what she means. I'm always distracting her with other topics while she's thinking about food....Show More Summary

Shishkin Landscape

The landscapes of Ivan Shishkin (Russian, 1832-1898) are notable for their truth to nature. He knew a lot about botany and painted outdoors on a regular basis. This autumn landscape in oil is about 16 x 26 inches. A detail suggests three things to my eye.1. Show More Summary

Dinotopia: The World Beneath—Final Episode

The time has come for the final episode of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can hear the episode at this Soundcloud link, or by pressing the play button below. The dramatic conclusion with biomorphic walkers and apex predatory dinosaurs...Show More Summary

The Backgrounds of "Ghost in the Shell"

The animated film "Ghost in the Shell" was released in 1995, and the backgrounds were produced with physical paint. Observer K Huitula described the technical process: "They were painted with about 30 different colors of bottled poster color [a liquid form of gouache, also known as tempera]. Show More Summary

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