Sam Mendes’s humdrum ode to movie magic

Janice K. Johnson

Sam Mendes, Empire of Light, 2022, DCP, sound, color, 119 minutes. Hilary Small (Olivia Colman). IF SAM MENDES’S VISION for Empire of Light was to pay tribute to the faded glory of moviegoing for the era of Covid and streaming behemoths, he could have stopped at the three-minute opening-credits sequence […]

Presale open for Days of Observance gluebook

Janice K. Johnson

***PRE-SALE IS NOW CLOSED** The new Days of Observance Journal and Gluebook is available for pre order now. If you remember the Christmas gluebook from last year, it’s in a very similar style, and is the same size. It has 30 assignments, each one dedicated to a specific day. This one […]

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

Janice K. Johnson

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

Janice K. Johnson

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

Janice K. Johnson

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 […]