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Updated: 2018-02-22T14:31:47Z

 



Eye Candy for Today: William Wyld watercolor

2018-02-22T14:31:47Z

St. Mark’s Square, Venice, with Loggetta; William Wyld Watercolor and ink, roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the Download or Enlarge links under the image on their page. I love this beautiful Read More ... St. Mark’s Square, Venice, with Loggetta; William Wyld Watercolor and ink, roughly 10 x 7 inches (25 x 18 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the Download or Enlarge links under the image on their page. I love this beautiful ink and watercolor rendering, not just for its wonderful combination of precision and sketch-like freedom, but for its unusual view of St. Mark’s Square. There are dozens, if not hundreds of beautifully rendered paintings and drawings of that most famous of Venice’s public squares, but most are from the far end, looking down the full length of the plaza. Here, Wyld gives us a much more intimate view, the kind you might encounter as you walked about the edges of the square, and with a daring composition as well. The dark, shadowed foreground presents the primary figures almost in silhouette against the lighter base of the campanile. The differently colored tiles in the paving lead us back to the distant group of figures, and the angled view of the Loggetta brings us back out to more shadowed foreground.  [...]



Leonard Campbell Taylor

2018-02-18T03:35:15Z

Leonard Campbell Taylor was a British painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is know for his portraits and in particular for his interiors with figures, many of which are also portraits. He was a war artist during WWI, and also Read More ... Leonard Campbell Taylor was a British painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is know for his portraits and in particular for his interiors with figures, many of which are also portraits. He was a war artist during WWI, and also did some illustration. Many of his portraits and figures are beautifully refined, some with an academic naturalism, some showing the influence of Impressionism.  [...]



Luke Buck

2018-02-16T04:03:11Z

Luke Buck is an Indiana native who paints crisp, bright landscapes in acrylic, watercolor and gouache. In addition to painting subjects in his home state, Buck is working on a project to paint in every state of the union. You will find both original paintings Read More ... Luke Buck is an Indiana native who paints crisp, bright landscapes in acrylic, watercolor and gouache. In addition to painting subjects in his home state, Buck is working on a project to paint in every state of the union. You will find both original paintings and limited edition reproductions on his website. Many of his paintings have a compositional device in which the primary image is in a crisp rectangle, created by setting off the image with tape, from which key elements extend outside of that area, often with the addition of drip effects at the bottom. Buck has a step-through demonstration of his process here. He also conducts workshops, demonstrations and art talks, both in Indiana and other states. His website also has a listing of shows and plein air events in which he is participating.  [...]



Eye Candy for Today: Ignacio Zuloaga portrait

2018-02-12T15:00:57Z

Portrait of the Countess Mathieu de Noailles (Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan), Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta Link is to page with high resolution image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga, who was active in the late 19th Read More ... Portrait of the Countess Mathieu de Noailles (Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan), Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta Link is to page with high resolution image on Wikimedia Commons. Original is in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Spanish painter Ignacio Zuloaga, who was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, brings together the traditions of Spanish painting from preceding centuries and the Post-Impressionist flavor of his time in this beautiful reclining portrait of a well known Parisian poet and novelist Anna de Noailles, who was the subject of portraits by a number of other artists. Zuloaga’s portrait is dramatically theatrical, not just in the curtain-framed setting, but in the striking warm light that sweeps across her face, shoulders and gown. The face is framed by the sitter’s shock of dark hair, which is echoed in the dark tones in the cover of the setee.  [...]



Bror Anders Wikstrom

2018-02-08T09:04:38Z

With the exception of the more straightforward watercolor (images above, bottom), the rest of these wild and wonderfully realized watercolor illustrations are designs for New Orleans carnival parade floats from the early part of the 20th century by Swedish/American artist Bror Anders Wikstrom. Wikstrom originally Read More ... With the exception of the more straightforward watercolor (images above, bottom), the rest of these wild and wonderfully realized watercolor illustrations are designs for New Orleans carnival parade floats from the early part of the 20th century by Swedish/American artist Bror Anders Wikstrom. Wikstrom originally went to sea as a young man, but his career as a sailor was curtailed by changes in his eyesight. Nearsightedness did not prevent him from pursuing studies in art in Stockholm and Paris, and he applied his artistic learning to magazine illustrations, advertising design, prints, cartoons, murals and portraits. Coming to the U.S., he settled in New Orleans and became noted for his designs for carnival floats for two of the prominent krews, Rex and Proteus. A number of his float designs are maritime in nature, others are wilder fantasy, often featuring dragons and other fantastical creatures. He also painted landscapes and marine paintings, though I can’t find as many examples of those; you can find some on Artnet and Invaluable (and here).  [...]



Benjamin Williams Leader

2018-02-06T05:32:36Z

Benjamin Williams Leader was an English landscape painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born Benjamin Leader Williams, but later changed his name to Benjamin Williams Leader to stand out from a number of other painters active at the same Read More ... Benjamin Williams Leader was an English landscape painter active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born Benjamin Leader Williams, but later changed his name to Benjamin Williams Leader to stand out from a number of other painters active at the same time with the last name of Williams. Benjamin Leader’s father, Edward Leader Williams, was an amateur artist and a friend of John Constable, and Benjamin got to go out sketching with Constable, though I don’t know that there was any formal guidance on Constable’s part. As a young man, Leader studied part time at the Worcester School of Design, and later enrolled in the Royal Academy. His early work proved so popular with influential buyers that he didn’t bother to finish his studies at the Academy. Leader often painted on location, and his work was initially inspired in part by the fidelity to nature espoused by the Pre-Raphaelite painters. As his style matured, however, he moved toward a looser, more painterly approach that proved to be even more popular with his patrons.  [...]