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Sainer

Sainer

Sainer is a Polish painter and muralist, currently based in Gdymia, Poland. He is also one half of the artistic collaborative duo ETAM, along with Bezt. I’m a little uncertain whether some of the murals shown above are collaborative. They have a jaunty, sometimes cartoony style, but with definite attitude. Their large scale and presence on the sides of buildings give them a different character than they might have as stand-alone images. In Sainer’s canvasses ... Read More »

Strokes of Genius 9 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 128 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2016 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries! If you see your name below, please check your email for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Strokes of Genius 9 Winner Notification” no later than August 31st, 2016. Please click here to view editor Rachel Wolf’s list of runners-up. STROKES 9 WINNERS LIST Abbey, Paul | ... Read More »

Portraits of the Emanuel Nine: Mourning and Remembering

Celebrating Life and Mourning Loss We remember the Emanuel Nine through the portraits of nine artists at Charleston, N.C.’s Principle Gallery. On June 17, 2015, a gunman murdered nine parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. 
To remember these lives, nine artists worked with Principle Gallery 
in Charleston to paint commemorative portraits of the victims: the Emanuel Nine. Mckenzie Graham (MG): How did you approach this sensitive task? Lauren Tilden (LT): ... Read More »

Sculptures and Art From Ocean Pollution

One Man’s Ocean Pollution Is Another’s Sculptures Artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi and the Washed Ashore movement create environmental awareness out of ocean debris and litter in the form of sculptures. by McKenzie Graham A vacation on the beach is an iconic American getaway. Visions of cottages, crumbling sand castles, zinc-smeared noses and pristine beaches are embedded in our collective nostalgia. The problem with that picture is the pristine beaches: They’re starting to vanish. Pollution washed ... Read More »

Eye Candy for Today: Holman Hunt’s Dovecot

Eye Candy for Today: Holman Hunt’s Dovecot

The Festival of St Swithin (The Dovecot), William Holman Hunt Link is to a larger version on The Athenaeum, original is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The version on the Ashmolean site is likely more accurate, I’ve lightened the slightly larger version from the Athenaeum to match it in value. I usually like to have higher resolution images for these Eye Candy posts, but this is the largest I could find for this work, and ... Read More »

G Liulian

G Liulian

G Liulian is a concept artist based in Shanghai, China. Aside from that I have found little biographical information. He focuses on environments and architectural designs, from individual structures to grand vistas of cities and mountains. His Artstation portfolio has examples of his work in styles that are sometimes straightforward, sometimes stylized — their sense of vertical distance exaggerated with curved three-point perspective. Some of his pieces are of fanciful alien landscapes with colorful plant ... Read More »

Stan Miller

Stan Miller

Spokane Washington based painter Stan Miller works in both watercolor and egg tempera, taking as his subjects portraits, landscapes, and in particular, scenes of Venice. The play of light across textural surfaces plays a key role in all of his compositions, whether revealing the turn of form in a face and head, illuminating the textures of weathered clapboard or dancing off the water in a stone-lined canal. Within these contexts, Miller explores subtle transitions of ... Read More »

Surface Exploration – Working with Acrylic on Metal

Acrylic artist Darlene Olivia McElroy is a brave and bold experimenter. There is not a surface material or medium from which she shies away, so we asked her: Why work on metal, and what do we need to know before we begin? Here’s what she told us. Painting with acrylic on aluminum, from the book Alternative Art Surfaces. Why Acrylic Artists Love Painting on Metal Metal allows an artist to create a background on a ... Read More »

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres pencil portrait of Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres pencil portrait of Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne

Portrait of Adolphe-Marcellin Defresne, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres Graphite pencil on paper, roughly 17×12 inches (43×29 cm). Original is in the Morgan Library and Museum. Here is another of Ingres’s wonderful pencil portraits, with his trademark combination of exacting portraiture, and loose, almost casual rendering of the figure. The Morgan Library’s page offers both a zoomable and downloadable version of the image, though the zoomable is a bit larger. Note the “full screen” icon at the right ... Read More »

Jean Haines’ 3 Color Flow Exercises

“The simple art of applying color to paper is enjoyable when there are no high expectations from the results.” —Jean Haines Haines is an author, international workshop instructor and award-winning expressive watercolor artist whose East-meets-West painting style has been exhibited in a number of galleries and collected throughout the world. She shares 3 simple color flow exercises to help you release your inner artist in the FREE download below. (Excerpted with permission from her new book, Paint ... Read More »

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