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Inspirational painting “October” from Jules Bastien-Lepage.

Fitting the first weekend of October here is one of my favorite paintings from Jules Bastien-Lepage the beautifully rendered people collecting potatoes against an almost abstract background, tones and values dead on. You know what everything is even though the trees are are just a beautiful mess of carefully place blotches in the background.

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Heidelberg, Germany

I’m going to try something new here. I live in a small town in Germany, close to Heidelberg, Mannheim and Frankfurt. This area has a long history and is filled with castles and ruins, and some dating back to the Romans. I live about 15 minutes away from an city founded by Romans. I’m not intending to give everyone a history lesson here but there are some amazing building and old structures here and I want to share some with you once in a while. I paint and draw and this blog is mainly about my progress, but there are times when I’m just not ready to show what I’m working on and these posts will be fillers for those times. My first post will be the castle ruins in Heidelberg. Click here for the Wikipedia link.

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Great white shark swimming, anterior view
© Andy Murch / Elasmodiver.com

Hi-Ho People, have you ever scoured the internet looking for resources of fish, tigers or maybe insects? Well I literally stumbled-upon a web site which has all of these and many more. I bookmarked this page because it has spectacular pictures of not only all the well known mammals, but also a slue lesser knowns, ranging from Aardvark to Zorilla. The pictures are great and there is also a little of information about the animal just so you don’t die dumb. All the images are protected under Creative Commons restrictions so if you use the image give credit where credit is due. The site is called Arkive click here to get there, or http://www.arkive.org.

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1 Million Illustrations posted by the British Library.


The British Library posted 1 million Victorian era illustrations to Flickr. This is definitely worth an hour or two.

Here’s the link: Flickr

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Banksy’s art residency in New York.

I’ve been following Banksy’s blog: Better Out Than In. Every day he’s leaving Graffiti or something else on the streets of New York and then posting it on his blog. For me this is better then American Idol or Next top Model. This man is a true artist.

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My top 5 ways of being unproductive.

Everyone has probably read hundreds of lists and tips on how to be productive. Well, I’m going to do my list backwards because my logic tells me if you know your weaknesses then you can overcome them. There is a time and place for everything and sometimes it’s good to waste time, as the saying goes, “doing nothing is not a waste of time.” Here is my List of how to be unproductive.

5. Don’t clean up your “whole” space after your finished painting or drawing. I don’t know how many time I’ve only one hour to paint and I find myself cleaning up the mess from last time I painted. Out of the one hour I usually have about 30 minutes of paint-time, after clean-up and paint mixing.

4. Facebook is a convenient way to catch up with family and old army buddies. I don’t know how many times I just want to see what so and so is doing and I spend a good 20-30 minutes reading what others have posted.

3. Looking for inspiration in the internet. I try not to do this any more but still catch myself copying something to my inspiration folder because I think it’s cool. You can literally spend hours looking at cool CG art on the internet.

2. Watching tutorials. I usually check how long the tut is before I watch it and if it’s something I really don’t need I usually will not watch it. If I do watch it I try to work along or I try it out after watching. If you don’t do it yourself it doesn’t stick and watching someone else paint is like watching someone else play a video game.

1. Playing computer games. I’ve played my share of games and lately my son asked if he could play minecraft. I looked into it and it seemed harmless so I let him buy the game. After a couple of weeks I wanted to see what he was doing and tried it out myself so I would know what he was talking about when he talked about the game. After three days I gave him half of the cost for the game. I would start at eight PM and before you know it it’s twelve, a very addictive game.

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Here’s to my Dad.

My first comics

My first comics among others.

It was 1977, I was 11 years old and my dad had just received a box of comic books from his mom (my grandma) with some of his old comic books. My brothers and I had just started collecting comics and he laid them out on the floor and we were able to each pick out ones that we wanted one after another until they were gone. I was the proud owner of an Amazing spider-man #45, an Avengers #16,  Fantastic four #27 and a X-men #12 among others. I was hooked, I would spend hours reading Spider-man and the pinnacle of drawing expertise was the mighty John Buscema, after discovering him in the marvel Conan series. Reading Conan comics led to reading Conan books and that’s where I discovered Frank Frazetta. The art on Conan books could transport you to different worlds, worlds where dark magicians and muscle bound barbarians fought in the never ending struggle for good and evil. I never lost that fascination for his art work and the whole sword and sorcery movement.

Later in life I used my drawing skills and interest in computers and became a Drafter, but the fascination with art and drawing never left me. Here’s to my dad for planting the seed. I never thanked him for the comics and I never sold them either, they mean to much to me and I’ll probably give them to my children.

Here’s a water color sketch and a Graphite sketch both from imagination. Thanks for taking a look.


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Elizabeth Gilbert: Our creative Genius

I watched this inspiring talk on creativity a while back, Mrs. Gilbert (re-)introduces some interesting concepts and history about creativity. I think this applies to all most every occupation that has to do with creativity, be a writer, artist…, etc.

Watch the video and enjoy,


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My Top Ten list of Paintings of Women

Hi People,

This will be a slightly different post this week, instead of me talking about myself and what I am doing lately, I wanted to make a top ten list of my favorite paintings of women. Now I like paintings of sleepy naked women that are reading books just as much as the next guy, but I wanted to make this list a little different; first, no sleepy naked women that are reading books. Second, the painting has to have a story, or the hint of a story. Third, no full nudity, I like cheese cake just as much as the next guy, but lets try to keep the niveau. Fourth, the artist has to be dead, with that I mean the painter is not among the living. That makes it harder for me, because artist like Dan Santos and Donato Giancola, have painted several of my favorite paintings of power women.

So here goes:

10. Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, by Georges de La Tour (courtesy of Wikigallery)

9. The Milkmaid, by Jan Mermeer Van Delft. (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 8. Selling Slaves in Rome, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (courtesy of Wikigallery)

Ok, I broke the rules for this one.

 7. A Flower Seller, by John William Godward  (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 6. A Coign Of Vantage, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (courtesy of Wikigallery)

5. The Gypsy Girl, by Pierre Auguste Renoir. (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 4. Madame X, by John Singer Sargent (courtesy of Wikigallery)

3. Destiny, by John William Waterhouse (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 2. The Little Marauders, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 1. Lullaby, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (courtesy of Wikigallery)

Honourable mention:

 Egyptian Queen, by Frank Frezetta.

Because Frank Frazetta still ROCKS! (courtesy of the museum syndicate)

Thanks for taking a look and if you have any good paintings of women, please leave a comment.


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Artist Spotlight: the amazing Michael Whelan


Chances are that you seen Michael Whelan’s Art before without really realizing it. Mr. Whelans been working as a  illustrator for the last 35 years and chances are that you’ve seen a book cover or record with his art work on it. He also has a new web site which floored me. I spent at least 1 hour going through his galleries, recognizing the art work from book covers from, books that I had read as a teenager, thinking that was a cool picture on the cover. He was the first living artist to be inducted into the “!Science Fiction Hall of Fame” in 2009. He works mostly in acrylic paint, shying away from digital painting. But instead of me rambling, checkout his new web page.

His web site:  www.michaelwhelan.com 

Michael Whelan at Wikipedia:  Michael_Whelan

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