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A Slap On The Derrière

When Napoleon III visited the Salon of 1853, he did not like Gustave Courbet's painting "Bathers." So he walked up to the 8-foot-tall canvas and slapped the posterior of the figure with his riding crop. Courbet, The Bathers, 1853 The issue was not that she was nude, nor was it the size of her posterior, which appeared proletarian to many observers. Show More Summary

New Portrait Book from Nathan Fowkes

Many of us have been following Nathan Fowkes on the internet, both for his landscape gouache studies and his portrait studies.Yesterday I received a copy of his new book "How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal," and it's every bit as beautifully...Show More Summary

Richard Johnson's Migrant Portraits

Richard Johnson has served as a war correspondent, urban sketcher, and newspaper illustrator. Now he has turned his attention to portraits and stories from the migrant experience. In a project sponsored by McKinsey&Company, he documented many of them with his sketchbook. Show More Summary

Golden Age Illustration Exhibit in Long Island

Clockwise from U.L.: Norman Rockwell, Dean Cornwell,Maxfield Parrish, Tom Lovell Coming up December 10 is an exhibition of Golden Age American illustration called "Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mort Künstler Collection." The exhibit, in Long Island, NY, is borrowed from the collection of illustrator Mort Künstler. Show More Summary

Broken Aspen

When we set up to paint, we didn't know we were standing in the middle of the moose's salad bar. Luckily they left us alone. If you're getting this post by email, you may need to follow this YouTube link to see the video. I'm focusing...Show More Summary

Natural history illustration exhibit opens in Jamestown

An exhibition of natural history illustration called Focus on Nature will open tomorrow at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, NY. "Since its inception in 1990, the New York State Museum’s Focus on Nature exhibit series has reflected the standards, materials, and skills of contemporary natural history illustrators. Show More Summary

Charley Parker on Casein

Charley Parker of the blog "Lines and Colors" has written a well-illustrated and comprehensive post on painting in casein, as well as a review of my recent video "Casein Painting in the Wild.""Casein is one of the least familiar of the...Show More Summary

Klaire's Art Book Review

Thanks to Klaire de Lys for mentioning Imaginative Realism and Color and Light in her list of favorite art books ( link to video review on YouTube ) Here's her whole list (Amazon links): Imaginative Realism Collins Complete Artist'sShow More Summary

Wow, I Went Viral!

Yesterday, quite unexpectedly, a little video I put on Facebook went viral, with 2.5 million views. Here's a link to the video on Facebook, and here is the longer version on YouTube that shows more of the making. The video was a newShow More Summary

Painting a Creek in Wyoming

Here's a new casein mini-video. If you're getting this post by email, you may need to follow this link to YouTube. I choose a view facing toward the sun, which makes sparkling spots of bright light. Note the vertically stretched reflections in the still water near the far shore. Show More Summary

A guy comes up to me while I'm painting....

One of the things I love about painting outdoors is meeting the locals. While painting in Salida, Colorado, I chatted a bit with artist Ronald E. Paine. The painting is in casein and gouache. The full account of the technique of the painting is on my new video Casein in the Wild. Show More Summary

Portrait Sketch of Dan

Here's a quick portrait sketch of my son Dan. I'm using water-soluble colored pencils, watercolor, and a water brush filled with fountain pen ink. in a watercolor sketchbook. --- Check me out on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or Twit...

Casein Palette

A few people asked about setting up a casein palette. I made this palette out of a metal lid from a colored pencil box that I spray-painted white. The steel tray holds onto the magnets embedded in my homemade palette. Those colors give a pretty wide gamut. Show More Summary

How Mel Birnkrant Saved Classic Mickey

The Disney Company would have gladly dumped the classic Mickey Mouse, after Fred Moore redesigned him in the late 1930s. The original animated shorts were hard to come by if you were a kid growing up in the 1940s and '50s. But toy collector...Show More Summary

Painting Without an Underdrawing

Drawing is not just what you do with a pencil. You can draw with a brush too. (Link to YouTube) CM Ranch, casein, 5 x 8 inches And with this motif, I decided to draw the horses and fences with my paint brush, working from backgroundShow More Summary

Solar Flare Underpainting

Here's a mini video showing how to prep your sketchbook page with a solar flare underpainting. (Link to watch video on YouTube). Here's what the page looked like as I was preparing it. It's good practice to do those gradations with a big flat brush, wet into wet. Show More Summary

Painting Amid Chaos

One of the biggest challenges of plein-air painting is maintaining focus while unpredictable things happen around you. A park should be a calm, peaceful place to paint, right? This excerpt from "Casein Painting in the Wild captures a little of the fun when we painting in Montreal last summer. Show More Summary

Your Casein Questions

When I try out a new kind of paint, I like to use a super-limited palette, as I did on this painting of a historic wooden boatbuilding shop. (Watch on YouTube)Yesterday I invited you to ask questions about casein, and they were great ones. Show More Summary

It's Casein Week, Day One

I goofed around a little with casein paint when I was in art school, but then I forgot about it. I moved on to oil, gouache, and watercolor. Fast-forward thirty years. In 2013 at an art convention I learned it was still being manufactured, so I thought I'd give it a try again. Show More Summary

SciVizNYC 2016

The first annual SciViz conference took place in New York City last Friday. The guest speakers at SciViz discussed data visualization and the connection between art and science.Nigel Holmes showed case studies of his witty hand-drawn explanatory graphics. Show More Summary

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