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New Challenge: "Paint a Storefront"

The Whatnot Shop in Tannersville, New York, sells secondhand furniture and homewares—a porcelain angel, a bird cage, a lamp, and a set of wine glasses. Linda and Rita, who started the business five months ago, also sell Avon products. Show More Summary

Art and Discomfort

Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947) and the painters of The Newlyn School took their art outdoors. The created multi-figure compositions from observation, overcoming all the challenges of wind, weather, changing light, and curious locals. Forbes...Show More Summary

Zig-Zags at the Zoo

Zig Zags at the Zoo was a lighthearted illustrated feature that appeared in London's Strand Magazine in the 1890s. The articles were written by Arthur Morrison and illustrated by James Affleck Shepherd. Each article featured a different animal, such as a bear (above), lion, camel, simian, and fish. Show More Summary

Dead Vehicle Challenge Results

The Dead Vehicle Challenge invited you to go outside to paint a car, truck, or bus that didn't work anymore. The response was overwhelming, with more than 70 entries. Many of you in Europe and Asia said it was difficult to find abandoned cars. Show More Summary

Using a Pencil to Check Measurements

Yesterday I painted a street scene in Hudson, New York. (Link to video on Facebook) I choose a limited palette of gouache: purple, lemon yellow, white, and two shades of raw umber. (Raw umber varies a lot by brand; the Shinhan is really more of a raw sienna). Show More Summary

Interview with the Barbican

The Barbican Centre in London published an interview with me, in connection with the ongoing exhibition "Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction." The exhibit will be up for one more month, ending September 1.-----Creating Dinotopia with James Gurney

Visiting Lumber Camps

In addition to riding the freight trains around America, Tom Kinkade and I drove my Austin America around California looking for subjects for our planned book on sketching. The trunk was full of easels and stools and the whole back seat was filled with art supplies. Show More Summary

Riding Freight Trains With Thomas Kinkade

Before he was the Painter of Light™, Thomas Kinkade was a hobo. (Direct Link to YouTube).So was I. In 1980, he and I decided to take a summer off from art school to ride the freight trains across America. Here's a vintage tape recording from that journey. Show More Summary

Selective Focus

This watercolor study of an ornate church doorway is by Giovanni Boldini. I like the way he decided to focus on the extreme detail of the carved saints and the gothic arch, but he barely suggested the stairway and the lancet windows.That...Show More Summary

Relative color temperature on skin tones

Mathieu asks: I have been struggling over the last months trying to understand how to handle the green parts (cool notes) of the flesh in a portrait. In the Fundamentals of Painting by Mogilevtsev I could not understand the following...Show More Summary

65K Year Old Ochre Paint Found in Australia

Photo by Dominic O Brien/ Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation, Source Archaeologists in northern Australia have found evidence for paint-making supplies dating back as much as 65 thousand years. This is some of the oldest evidence forShow More Summary

Berkshire Museum to Dump Norman Rockwells

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be selling off Norman Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" and 39 other paintings to raise funds for their "New Vision" for the museum. Shuffleton's Barbershop by Norman Rockwell The paintings will be auctioned by Sothebys in the next six months and are expected to raise over $50 million. Show More Summary

Tom Kegler's Niagara

Landscape painter Thomas Kegler recently completed a three-year project to paint a panorama of Niagara Falls. He documented the process on an instructional video with a running time of more than 8 hours. Thomas Kegler’s painting “Niagara,...Show More Summary

Sleeping Pigs

These young pigs know how to pass a summer day, sleeping through the heat on the barn floor.I'm using a graphite pencil with a Niji water brush filled with gray ink for the mottled coloration.Don't miss the my latest YouTube video "Painting Animals from Life: 7 Tips for Success"

Animal Painting from Life -- 7 Tips

I make a lot of super-short videos that are only 15-60 seconds long. I think that's too short to put on YouTube individually, so I packaged some of them up a group of them and tied them together with a theme. So here are seven of my top tips for drawing and painting live animals.1. Show More Summary


Aposematism is a special coloration designed to scare off potential predators. It also includes other kinds of warning signals such as foul odors or attention-getting sounds. Lowland streaked tenrec It's effectively the opposite of camouflage. Show More Summary

Guest Post by Jeanette

Hi, blog readers and fellow artists. I'm Jim's wife Jeanette, the lady in the background of the videos. A few of you have asked to see what I'm up to, so here's a look into my recent sketchbooks. Remember the scene of the house in the Catskills? What attracts me is that dark ridge of land brooding over the house. Show More Summary

Marker Sketch of Fritz

Fritz is an autonomous, sentient drone called a "hoverhead" based on the design of a ceratopsian, from Dinotopia: First Flight (1999). Note that his trim is dented and he's missing the chrome ring around his right eye. For those of you...Show More Summary

Mort Drucker: "No Shortcuts"

Illustrators Quarterly is a UK magazine that focuses on historical and contemporary illustration worldwide, kind of a European equivalent of Illustration magazine here.The current issue spotlights Mort Drucker (born 1929), the movie satirist who worked for Mad Magazine for more than 50 years. Show More Summary

Claus's Grainy Luminism

Emile Claus (1849-1924) conveyed a brilliant sense of light through fine textures of broken color, giving the painting a grainy look. (Click image to see uncropped composition) Art historians classify Claus in the category of Belgian luminism, a movement with sources in impressionism and pointillism. Show More Summary

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