Friday, September 30, 2022

Andreas Paul Weber

 Andreas Paul Weber was a German illustrator with a weird, unique style.

YouTube illustration historian Pete Beard created this fascinating tribute to Weber:


Thursday, September 29, 2022

'Laughter' by Filipp Maliavin

Filipp Maliavin (1869-1940) started out as an icon painter in the Orthodox monastery, but he enrolled in the Academy in the 1890s.

Filipp Maliavin Konstantin Somov
Maliavin's graduation piece "Laughter"(1898) received a strong negative reaction from critics because of its bold, abstract use of color and its raw emotionalism. 

"His work was too different, too bright, and it had no plot - it did not fit the contemporary art scene at the time." (Source)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

'Sea Painting is Memory Painting'

Frederick J. Waugh said, "Sea painting is of necessity memory painting, even while the artist is directly facing it with his canvas." 

Frederick J. Waugh Seascape

"When the water is in movement, the painter can capture it only by fixing firmly in his mind just what it has done and is likely to be doing again in a particular instant. The waves will not wait. They must be caught and held by the eye before being transmitted to the brush."

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Combining Drawing and Painting

Monday, September 26, 2022

A House on Wellington Street

In this new YouTube video, I paint a house on Wellington Street, Dun Laogharie, Ireland.

The house is a mix of old and new, residential and commercial, inspiring me to use a combination of techniques: watercolor, gouache, pencil, and pen.

Pilot Fountain Pen 

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Book Recommendations


Thanks to YouTuber Ross Draws for including Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter in your recommendation of favorite art books. 

Also, I'm grateful to Little Squeesh for putting in the good word for my book.

If you live in the USA, you can get Color and Light signed with free shipping at my website. It's our store's bestseller.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Sparkles of Sunlight

Here's the view of the inner harbor, looking south from the West pier of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

My goal was to create the sparkles of sunlight by dragging a brush across the paper, leaving little bits of pure white showing through, plus I added a few dots from a gel pen. 

It's almost impossible to get the random quality and the brightness of sparkles if you try to do it with white gouache.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Dame Street, Dublin

I do a quick impression of Dame Street in Dublin using watercolor, gouache, and fountain pen.

I start very loosely in watercolor and work my way to the Little Nigglies, knowing I can fix mistakes in gouache.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Bathers at Seapoint

Swimmers ease into the Irish sea at Seapoint, County Dublin.

As I try to translate the moment into watercolor and gouache, my granddaughter watches quietly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Catching a Ride on a Turnip Cart

Arthur Denison catches a ride to Chandara on a Triceratops-powered turnip cart.

From Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara