Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images

More than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis. 

In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said: “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.” 

Additional information and instructions on OASC can be found on the Museum’s website at http://www.metmuseum.org/research/image-resources/frequently-asked-questions.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beginners Photoshop Tutorial

 The online magazine PetaPixel has posted a link to the Adobe Photoshop tutorial produced by Adobe Creative Cloud TV. The link to the video is below:


The 45 minute tutorial explains common actions beginning users would like to accomplish like:
  1. How to remove blemishes or ‘touch up’ a portrait (using the Spot Healing Tool)
  2. Working with Layers and Adjustment Layers
  3. Working with Masks
  4. How to Crop
  5. How to adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (using the Camera RAW filter)
  6. How to remove an object from a photo (using Content Aware Fill)
  7. How to move an object in a photo (using Content Aware Move) and duplicate/transform content
  8. How to remove a subject from a photo and place it on a new background (using Smart Select and Refine Edge)
  9. How to add text
  10. How to save your photos in both editable and sharable format

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light

Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light from Walley Films on Vimeo.

Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light animates Rice Gallery’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. On view April 11 - August 30, 2013. Original score by Mark Walley. Learn more about the exhibition at RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the filmmakers at WalleyFilms.com.

Monday, October 28, 2013

art21, Artist to Artist Shahzia Sikander at the 11th and 13th Istanbul Biennial

art21, Artist to Artist

Shahzia Sikander specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting, a traditional style that is both highly stylized and disciplined. She blends the Eastern focus on precision and methodology with a Western emphasis on creative, subjective expression. Raised as a Muslim, Sikander is also interested in exploring both sides of the Hindu and Muslim “border,” often combining imagery from both in a single artwork, be it a painting, mural, photograph, animation, or performance. At both Sharjah Biennial 11 and the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Sikander exhibited three-channel animations that incorporated local poetry and engaged each city’s geographical location and social history. Sikander is also featured in Season 1 of Art21s film series Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Artist Pronunciation Guide

Here is a link to a website with a pronunciation guide for artists names.  There are about 100 names and a volume two is also available.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Glassmakers Of Herat

I first saw this film about 25 years ago. It shows how the Afghans go out into the field for their materials to make glass.

Published on Sep 21, 2012
In 1968, a one room working glass factory with a mud-brick furnace was discovered in Western Afghanistan. This factory is owned by cousins, Saifullah and Saidullah. Glassmaking has been a family tradition for over 200 years, and continues to be done in the same manner as described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. This method uses white quartz stones and ishgar (plant ash), which are combined in a wood-burning furnace to produce hand-blown glass. In the fall of 1977, Robert H. Brill, Frederick R. Matson, Latif Abdul Majoob, and Abdul Satar Popal led an expedition to Herat to witness the glassmaking activities.

Filmed in Herat, Afghanistan, in the fall of 1977.

Stephen Bennett, Portrait Artist: Australian Painted Portrait Film

My name is Stephen Bennett and I am a portrait painter. I travel around the world painting portraits of indigenous and endemic peoples. My mission is to use my portraits to educate others about Indigenous culture. The world's indigenous and endemic peoples live in the most diverse, colorful and fantastic ways. I want to help empower these peoples to continue and preserve their traditional ways of life. This documentary (full version) captures parts of my journey that led me to the people who became the subjects in my paintings. These are the people and locations that inspire my work. Let's go down under.

Excerpt from Stephens Journal:

Before or group could enter the little community on Bawaka beach, our host Wessely blessed us. I had chills as he waved a sacred wooden stick over me, speaking soft words to the spirits as I knelt in the sand. The Yirkalla area is the place where, according to Yolugu law, the Didgeridoo came into being. In Yolugu language the didgeridoo is called the Yidaki. While in Yirkalla I met the traditional caretaker of the Yidaki and his name is Djalu Gurruwiwi. He is the most sought after Didgeridoo maker in the world. I spent time with him and his family at their house on Ski Beach. He had a stream of international visitors while I was there and after a bit of wheeling and dealing sold me one of his famous musical works of art. I have since then painted his portrait in all the colors that I recalled from the sunrises and sunsets while camping next to his beach home."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Venice Canal Sketch - Pen and Wash

Allan Kirk Pen & Wash in Venice.  

Step by step instructions available to accompany this video. Visit www.stepbystepwatercolour.com
"The pen is a Rotring Artpen - extra fine nib, the brush is a Pentel Aquabrush and the music is Mozart's Marriage of Figaro."

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Prehistoric Europeans. People Who Invented Art

Published on May 3, 2013
"Around 40.000 years ago, Prehistoric Europeans became the first people in the world to invent Art... Painting, sculpture, music... The development of these entirely new concepts had one of the most profound influence on the further intellectual evolution of our ancestors." 

Friday, September 20, 2013

VIDEO: In the Studio with Mira Nakashima

In 1990, Mira Nakashima was charged with an enormous task: carrying on the legacy of her father, the midcentury design legend George Nakashima. “Who’s Mira?” collectors of his work asked when she took over his New Hope, P.A., studio, under the impression that he built all of his free-edged, organically shaped designs himself.  see also:   Craft in America / Nakashima, George and Mira

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Phyllis Bramson: Love and Affection in a Hostile World

Uploaded on Jan 14, 2012
An artist statement on video.
Phyllis Bramson paints from her wholly-owned perspective of Fragonard, Chinese pleasure books, bawdy ashtrays, and the provocative Art that cartoons hope they grow up to be.
Painting/collaging in her Chicago studio, discussing her work with a minimum of artspeak and a maximum of intimate detail, she invites the audience for a revealing studio visit. read more

"I use images that are infused with lighthearted arbitrariness and amusing anecdotes about love and affection, in an often cold and hostile world. Mostly, I am making work that percolates forth life’s imperfections: that doesn’t take decorum all that seriously, refusing to separate manners of taste from larger questions about “good behavior.” http://www.phyllisbramson.com/statement/statement.htm

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ceramics Resident: Michelle Erickson

Michelle Erickson was Ceramics Resident: World Class Maker at the V&A, July – September 2012
Michelle Erickson is internationally recognized for her mastery of lost ceramic arts during the age of exploration and colonialism. Her contemporary work makes use of these arcane ceramic techniques to create historical narratives about political, social, and environmental issues – both past and present.

click on the link below and watch three videos of what Michele made while she was artist in residence at the V&A Museum.


• Michelle Erickson and London's indigenous clay

• How Was it Made? An Agate Teapot by Michelle Erickson

• How was it made? A Puzzle Jug by Michelle Erickson


How was it made? A Puzzle Jug by Michelle Erickson from Victoria and Albert Museum on Vimeo.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Drake's Cover Artist: The San Diego-based painter and illustrator Kadir Nelson

Uploaded on Sep 23, 2010
Kadir Nelson is a naturally gifted artist whose extraordinary talent continues to develop and be discovered. Before the age of 30, Nelson had already illustrated children's books, sold paintings to celebrities, and worked on a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

In 2007 Kadir Nelson received a Caldecott Honor for his evocative illustrations in Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. In 2008 he won a second Caldecott Honor for his artwork in Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. BLOUIN ARTINFO

"...Kadir Nelson was commissioned by Canadian rap star Drake to create the Pop art-inspired, photorealist cover design for his upcoming album, "Nothing Was the Same." His previous work includes an illustrated Nelson Mandela biography and a Michael Jackson album cover, and his paintings hang in the homes of Ice Cube and Steven Spielberg, among others. [Globe and Mail]"
To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.adlit.org!

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Published on Aug 21, 2013
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Eroica Trio.

Renowned American sculptor Guy Dill, commissioned by a private collector from Los Angeles is shown with his assistants fabricating "Pablo at the Beach", a 16 foot tall bronze work for permanent public installation on the NorthEast corner of Robertson and Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California.


Inspiring Light: Creation of the Stained Glass Windows at USC's Our Savior Church by The Judson Studios

Published on Aug 21, 2013
Film by Eric Minh Swenson.
This dynamic, 26 minute documentary by filmmaker Eric Mihn Swenson, walks the audience through the 117 year old Los Angeles stained glass studio as it's artisans craft the vision of Our Savior's parishioners and pastor into 17 beautiful stained glass works of art.

With narration by present Judson Studios' owner David Judson, the film provides a history of the studios and a comprehensive look into the creation of a large scale stained glass project from beginning to end, highlighting the continuing vitality, creativity and craft of the Judson Studios and it's artisans.