Sunday, October 31, 2010

Extraordinary John Singer Sargent

The Daughters Of Edward Darley Boit By John Singer Sargent

Sargent's wonderful portrait drawings

Friday, September 24, 2010

Painting Instruction by Example -- Vinita Pappas

She's a watercolor painter and painting instructor who shares her process and methods via her You Tube Channel,
her cool website, Create38 and her Creat23 blog.

I think she even painted her own little Twitter, Facebook , Flickr, RSS and YouTube graphics/chicklets.

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Mark Mitchell hosts this and other blogs including ePainting and How to Be A Children's Book Illustrator

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Painting by Number -- The Magical "Pleasing Proportion"

It's that number again, .the one that painters, designers, scientists and mathematicians like.
This superb CGI animation is by 3-D illustrator, animator and designer Cristóbal Vila, of Spain.       
With incredibly fitting music of Belgian minimalist composer Wim Mertens

It might be God's favorite number. (Probably he likes all numbers -- but He seems to have a special affinity for the irrational numbers, Phi and Pi.

It's the not too similar, not too different 
not too far, not too close,
not too square, not too rectangle
but just right....number.

It's the Goldilocks is mean number.
I mean the Golden mean number.  1,618

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Mark Mitchell also hosts the Painting Instruction and How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator blogs.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

All new painting tools in Photoshop -- Adobe Creative Suite

Painting Instruction -2010
Watch John Derry, one of Photoshops painting pioneers, review his top five Photoshop CS5 painting features.

It's from the Photoshop's YouTube Channel. Did you even know they had one?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Carol Marine's Daily Painting

In  Painting Instruction you might have noticed that I feature painting demos by artists whose work I admire.
Their YouTube performances are usually inspiring and instructive in some unexpected way.
For me, it's a bit like watching street magic.
I can't think of anyone whose work better fits the magic analogy than Austin, Texas painter and painting teacher Carol Marine, whose .
wizardry resides in the realm of light and color

For the past couple of years I've subscribed to her e-mail newsletter that keeps her fans apprised of her daily painting -- a practice she's  maintained for the past four years. So she's a role model. And she has good taste in music, as you'll hear in the video.

You can  find her small jewel-like oil paintings on her blog, which is appropriately titled Carol Marine's Painting a Day.
She sells the small still lifes on eBay and shows her larger works at the  Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX and other galleries around the U.S, and in San Miguel, Mexico.