Archive for the ‘links’ Category

Art Found Out

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Pretty much everything on this site is bloody amazing.

All Art?

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Now, I can’t say if this site really lives up to its name, but it sure is something. A little tricky to navigate and arranged somewhat puzzlingly, it nevertheless contains a serious amount of serious art (and a little bit of not-so-serious art.)

Calendar for Artists/Doctors

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Ok, so lots of folks like to draw naked ladies, and lots of folks use anatomical reference. This calendar features x-rays of women in classic pinup positions. References like these are few and far between for sure…of course, I can’t figure out how to buy it, or if one CAN buy it, but I wish I could…

Useful Information I Wish Took Less Long for me to Locate

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I want to do something that seems incredibly basic: paint with oils on wood without covering up the wood. That is, I want the wood grain to show through/around my painting. So I do not want white gesso/acrylic ground. I have been hunting for the answer to this question for some time. Finally I posted the question on Facebook and lo and behold, Liquitex makes clear gesso! Such a tiny little piece of information to be so hard to find. Maybe I was searching wrong. At any rate I am posting this so others that might be searching for how to prime or seal wood panels to take oil paints without painting them white have the information.

ASW Express is full of very good prices on many things (and they have regular brush sales – I got three W&N Series 7s from them at bargain-basement prices), including Liquitex Clear Gesso.

War Rugs

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

I just read about these in Bert Dodson’s Keys to Drawing with Imagination last night, and I think they’re crazy nuts and incredible. From Wikipedia:

“The war rug tradition of Afghanistan has its origins in the decade of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan from 1979, and has continued through subsequent military, political and social conflicts. Afghan rug-makers began incorporating the apparatus of war into their designs almost immediately after the Soviet Union invaded their country. They continue to do so today in the wake of the United States’ 2001 invasion of Afghanistan which ousted the Taliban government of Mullah Omar but has failed to bring an end to violence in the country. The rugs produced in response to these events are among the world’s richest traditions of war art of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.”

From (I’m not linking to the rug pages because the site is in a frameset. Just go there and browse around.) –

yet another link

Friday, June 11th, 2010

if remedios varo and kalmakoff (both of whom I adore) had a baby, it might be this guy. From @escapeintolife.

william morris

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

an old love of mine, william morris. probably one of the first things to make me think about illustration at all.

julie blackmon

Monday, June 7th, 2010

While I was in Philly this weekend visiting family the new kitten appears to have done something with my wacom pen. This is not so good.

In unrelated news, Julie Blackmon is a remarkable photographer.

Stapleton Kearns & Powerspots

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Stapleton Kearns has an incredibly useful blog all-around, but I really liked this post on “powerspots.”

Hipkiss and Alpha Mason

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Please visit this site and this blog. The artist is amazing, as is his wife (it seems that they almost operate as a unit; Hipkiss doesn’t seem to be able to create art without his wife’s physical presence) – I hope that their blog is updated often and starts to garner more attention, because they sure do have a lot of stuff worth saying (and reading.)

Lonely Europe by Chris Hipkiss

(originally found via Escape Into Life)