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Eye Candy for Today: Robert Spear Dunning still life

Still life with Orange and Plum, Robert Spear Dunning; oil on canvas, roughly 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm); link is to image file page on Wikimedia Commons; as far as I know, the original is in a private collection. 19th century American painter Robert Spear Dunning gives us an elegantly simple painting of an orange and a plum. His exposure of the interior...

Adrian Tomine

Originally from California, Adrian Tomine is an illustrator and cartoonist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Tomine has taken to his adopted city so well that he has become a reader favorite contributor to the New Yorker. His New Yorker covers, as well as many of his other illustrations and drawings, have that wonderful combination of evocative artwork...

Deborah Paris

Deborah Paris it a painter based in Texas who works in a tonalist manner — with controlled palettes, restrained values and soft edges — though she sometimes incorporates more directly naturalistic elements and occasionally works with a brighter palette. Her favored subjects are woodlands, streams and fields, painted with a sensitive eye to mood, atmosphere...

A few paintings from 1880

The late 19th century is one of my favorite periods for art. Not only were a great many of my favorite artists active in that time but I’m constantly discovering artists from the period who are wonderful and new to me. Wikimedia Commons, that cornucopia of images provided by the Wikimedia Foundation, has a number of wonderful ways to explore images,...

Eye Candy for Today: Leyendecker turkey SEP cover

Thanksgiving cover for The Saturday Evening Post, November 26, 1927, J.C. Leyendecker Link is to the largest image of this painting I could find, which is on Pinterest. If that doesn’t work for you, try this one. Another wonderful holiday cover for The Saturday Evening Post by the brilliant American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. I love the way the...

Eye Candy for Today: Alma-Tadema’s Pheidias and the Frieze of the Parthenon

Pheidias and the Frieze of the Parthenon, Lawrence Alma-Tadema; oil on wood panel, roughly 28 x 44 inches (72 x 110 cm); link is to the file page on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the collection of Birmingham Museums, UK. Also known as Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, Alma-Tadema’s painting shows the great Greek sculptor...

James Skvarch (update)

James Skvarch is an artist I featured back in 2007. He is primarily a printmaker working in traditional methods of etching. He uses to advantage the characteristics of etching that allow for delicate lines and hatching for tones. When printed on cream or off-white paper, these provide a visually appealing controlled contrast.His website galleries are...

Eye Candy for Today: Eyvind Earle trees

I don’t know the title or the size of this serigraph by ex illustrator and former Disney background artist turned gallery artist Eyvind Earle. I just know it’s wonderful. I love the exaggerated atmospheric perspective, the trademark stylization of the trees, the splashes of light across the trees and shrubs and the perspective imparted by the geometric...

Christina Chung

Christina Chung is a Brooklyn based illustrator who describes her nationality as Taiwanese-Hongkonger-American. Her clients include The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Science Magazine, NPR, Abrams Books, Penguin Random House, and Lucasfilm, among others. Her illustrations, often in a line and fill approach,...

Eye Candy for Today: Levitan’s bridge at Savvinskaya Sloboda

Bridge. Savvinskaya Sloboda; Isaac Ilyich Levitan; oil on canvas, roughly 10 x 11 inches (25 x 29 cm). Link is to the file page on Wikimedia Commons; the original is in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, though the gallery does not include it among the Levitan pieces from their collection that they display online. I suspect that to 19th century...

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