Gurney Journey: Watching the Magic Show

Janice K. Johnson

This weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney is for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You’ll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums. Contact You can write me at: James Gurney PO […]

The Back Road | FineArtViews

This post is by Clint Watson, former art gallery owner and founder of BoldBrush, known for FASO Artist Websites, the leading provider of professional artist websites, the $38,000+ BoldBrush Art Contest & Exhibit and the free art marketing newsletter, FineArtViews. As a self-proclaimed “art fanatic”, Clint delights that BoldBrush’s San Antonio, Texas office is full of original […]

RIP Bookforum

The New York-based literary magazine Bookforum will cease publication, according to an official announcement today, December 12. The news that Bookforum’s current December–February issue will be its last comes just days after the surprise reveal that Penske Media Corporation has acquired its sister magazine and parent company, Artforum. Bookforum was […]

Artworks on Salvaged Metal by Brothers of Light

I first came upon Brothers of Light’s winsome, witty aesthetic on the streets of Jerusalem several years ago. I was an instant fan. Currently on view at 30 Yefet Street — a stately, atmospheric building in Jaffa — is From Dirt, a delightfully intriguing exhibition featuring dozens of artworks fashioned […]

Artful Weekend December 10-11 – The Art League

Welcome to Artful Weekend -our listing of area art exhibits and events- This weekend: December 2022 Exhibit, Homestead Elegy by Cindi Lewis, and Petite December at the League;Top of the Pops by David Amoroso at Artists & Makers Studios; SELF HELP by Eve De Haan at 11:Eleven gallery; and On What I Can […]

Thomas Nast and the Santa Claus We Know Today

Share: by Cynthia Close Santa’s Portrait (above), a color illustration by the noted German born American political cartoonist Thomas Nast, appeared in an 1881 edition of Harper’s Magazine. It is credited with being the first image to establish all the visual elements we associate with America’s version of Santa Claus we […]

Free Drawing Lesson #1: Pencil Sharpening

The first three lessons in my Intro to Classical Drawing course are posted free here on my blog, so you can get a feel for the type and quality of training you can expect from all my online instruction. Welcome! Classical drawing starts with a specific way of sharpening our […]