Why Reproducing Art is an Important Learning Tool for Artists

June 16, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

My reproduction of Lord Frederick Leighton's "Gulnihal".

Many beginning artists scoff at the idea of reproducing other artists’ work, especially when first presented with the idea in an art class or workshop. Of course, most artists become interested in painting because they have their own visions and ideas to share.

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Richard Estes: Painting New York City

May 9, 2015 | Posted in MODERN ART | By

"Richard Estes' Realism", published 2014.

An Exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design Celebrating a Quintessential New York Artist The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City is currently running an outstanding exhibit of original works by Richard Estes, one of the

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Combine Travel and Learning with an Art Workshop Vacation

April 14, 2015 | Posted in ART, TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Artist Frank Covino working with a student during a workshop in his Vermont studio.

Whether you are a novice painter or an aspiring professional artist, an art workshop can be a great way to expand and hone your skills while enjoying a unique vacation. One can travel to a new destination domestically or even internationally while creating great works of art – and enjoying the company of fellow art enthusiasts.

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Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington

March 26, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

When one thinks of America’s first president, George Washington, the image that likely comes to mind is the likeness captured by American painter Gilbert Stuart. After all, his “Portrait of George Washington” – also known as “The Athenaeum Portrait” – became the basis for the image on the American one dollar bill…

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Caravaggio in Naples: 3 Paintings You Must See

February 12, 2015 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

"The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula".

The legacy and triumph of the Italian artist Michelangelo Merisi o Amerighi da Caravaggio–known most commonly as simply Caravaggio—has become increasingly recognized in recent times…

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Helen Allingham and her cottages

May 3, 2014 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By


Helen Allingham was born as Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson in Swandlicote in Derbyshire as the first of seven children to physician who died when she was in her early teens. By this time Helen’s family already aknowledged and supported her

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Should the Vatican Limit Access to the Sistine Chapel?

April 26, 2014 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Close-up detail of "The Creation of Adam" from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes.

For the countless number of tourists who visit Rome every year, the Sistine Chapel is almost surely near the top of their “must see” list of attractions. Michelangelo’s incredible fresco cycle, completed 500 years ago, is one of the world’s greatest treasures and a subject of immeasurable artistic and religious importance…

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“Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock” at the New York Historical Society

April 10, 2014 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

A Must-See Exhibition for Lovers of Watercolor Painting and Art Beginning last year, the New York Historical Society has staged a landmark three-part exhibition of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for his famous art portfolio and book, The Birds of

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Myles Birket Foster, most popular painter of 19th century

December 15, 2013 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Mystery Writers by Nana B Agyei on Flickr

Myles Birket Foster was one of most successful and influential water color painters from 19th century. He exhibited several hundred paintings at royal Academy and his work was in such demand art dealers sometimes raced to his home in Witley

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Art and Appetite: Examining American Culture Through the Foods We Eat

December 2, 2013 | Posted in TRADITIONAL ART AND PAINTING | By

Art and Appetite Exhibit Catalog

Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine On view at the Art Institute of Chicago through January 27, 2014, Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine is a wonderful exhibit that takes us through three centuries of American history

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