THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN ART AND TIME

THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN ART AND TIME

Time puts handcuffs on us all. Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes bad. But for certain artists, time creates a special challenge. In...

ONE LOVELY DRAWING, PART 63

I love this drawing by British illustrator Raymond Sheppard (1913-1958) who was famous for his brilliant pictures of birds and animals. Sheppard...

 
 
 
NEW BOOK ABOUT MEAD SCHAEFFER

NEW BOOK ABOUT MEAD SCHAEFFER

The newest arrival from Dan Zimmer's Illustrated Press is a major book about illustrator Mead Schaeffer. To write the book, I interviewed...

A CONVERSATION WITH RALPH STEADMAN

A CONVERSATION WITH RALPH STEADMAN

This morning I had an illuminating chat with the legendary illustrator / cartoonist Ralph Steadman. Fifty years ago Steadman became...

 
 
 
ERIC SILVA

ERIC SILVA

"I like music, I like it sweet I like it blue But music makes me do the things I never should do." - Ginger Rogers, singing in Flying...

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 4

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960S, PART 4

At the beginning of the 1960s, Peter Max was a talented, if conventional, illustrator . By the end of the 1960s, he had popularized...

 
 
 
THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 3

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960S, PART 3

As far as I know, Toulouse Lautrec was the first illustrator to develop the technique of making solid colors more vibrant by painting...

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 2

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960S, PART 2

Prior to the 1960s, most illustrations would dutifully focus on the subject matter being illustrated. The content would normally be...

 
 
 
THE ENERGY OF THE 1960s, part 1

THE ENERGY OF THE 1960S, PART 1

In the 1960s illustration exploded with energy. The '60s were a decade of revolution and free love, of rock n' roll and civil rights...

BULL

BULL

In 1967 Bernie Fuchs drew this bull for an ad for the Henry Schroeder Banking Corporation. Eight years later, artist Susan Rothenberg...

 
 
 
THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, part 5

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, PART 5

Unlike many artists who hedge their bets with numerous fine lines, Sickles often used bold lines and dry brush. In the following close...

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, part 4

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, PART 4

Here are some hopefully edifying close-ups of a Sickles drawing: Sickles was assigned to illustrate technicians at work on a nuclear...

 
 
 
THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, part 3

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, PART 3

Noel Sickles was a capable painter... ...but he was first and foremost a draftsman. He used the most basic black and white tools to...

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, part 2

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, PART 2

This is Noel Sickles' preliminary sketch... for this finished illustration of runaway horses on main street: Unlike many artists, Sickles...

 
 
 
THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, part 1

THE GREAT NOEL SICKLES, PART 1

In an era plagued with viruses, squabbling politicians and fake news, the honest drawings of Noel Sickles make a great disinfectant. Here...

A GRATUITOUS JULIAN SCHNABEL PAINTING

A GRATUITOUS JULIAN SCHNABEL PAINTING

I had zero interest in posting a picture by celebrity artist Julian Schnabel. Then I read the following in the New Art Examiner: Wishing...

 
 
 
PLAGUE ART, part 4

PLAGUE ART, PART 4

John Cuneo has a mind and sense of humor that are, in my opinion, unique in illustration today. As far as I know, they're unique in...

MORT DRUCKER 1929-2020

MORT DRUCKER 1929-2020

Last night the great Mort Drucker- one of the few true geniuses of 20th century comic art- passed away peacefully. He left behind a...

 
 
 
PLAGUE ART, part 3

PLAGUE ART, PART 3

Man Throwing Up by David Lynch Before David Lynch became a master at making unsettling, creepy films he was a master at making unsettling,...

PLAGUE ART, part 2

PLAGUE ART, PART 2

The last post suggested that when it comes to depicting a plague, a literal, realistic approach usually falls short. The examples I...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Contemporary Art, Abstract Painting “ADVENTURES WITH YIN AND YANG” by...

Contemporary Art, Abstract Painting “ADVENTURES WITH YIN AND YANG” by Intuitive Artist Joan Fullerton

Subtle events occurring in the more quiet Yin require a longer look, more contemplation. The active and explosive contrasts in the Yang are for me, the result of my receptive... Read more ...

Metals and Mixed Media Contemporary Abstract, "Solar Flare" © Carol Nelson...

Metals and Mixed Media Contemporary Abstract, "Solar Flare" © Carol Nelson Fine Art

9"x14" Mixed Media on Panel/Available $450 Read more ...

Contemporary Female Figurative Fine Art Painting, "Stepping Out" by Oklahoma...

Contemporary Female Figurative Fine Art Painting, "Stepping Out" by Oklahoma Artist Nancy Junkin

20"x16"x1.5" Acrylic on Canvas/Available Read more ...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting “Summer Melody” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

Resilient trees find a way to survive in the shallow channels of these undulating hills. They seek out and preserve the sparse moisture that gravitates toward lower ground... Read more ...

Interior Design Trends That Will Shape the Next Decade

Interior Design Trends That Will Shape the Next Decade

Interiors are taking center stage in 2020, as more people are spending more time at home. Architects and designers are increasingly aware of their responsibility in improving... Read more ...

Meydan HQ / Loci Architecture + Design

Meydan HQ / Loci Architecture + Design

Loci Architecture + Design Location: Nad Al ShebaNad Al Sheba 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Project Year: 2019 Photographs: Natelee Cocks Area: 18285.0 m2 Read more ...

Contemporary Impressionistic Landscape Palette Knife Oil Painting by Sheri Jones

Contemporary Impressionistic Landscape Palette Knife Oil Painting by Sheri Jones

Sky Drama14x11 oil on wood panel This was inspired from a sunset cruise on Lake Granbury. The evening started with a rainbow and the color was more dramatic as the sun went... Read more ...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting...

Impressionist Landscape, Mountain Landscape, Trees, Fine Art Oil Painting “Exhilarating Sunrise” by Colorado Contemporary Fine Artist Jody Ahrens

The blazing morning sun offers a wake up call to all the hardy birds and critters that thrive in this harsh winter environment. It's just another day for them as they forage... Read more ...

1810 Savanna Water Lilies

1810 Savanna Water Lilies

I had some leftover paint from my last water lily painting so I spread it on this panel. I then painted some more lilies on it. It is 5 x 7 inches, oil on masonite. $95.00 Read more ...

Government House Gardens

Government House Gardens

We had a great day sketching the Governor General's house and gardens. The message afterwards was that Dame Patsy Reddy was most impressed, and invited us to return in the... Read more ...