Painting on an iPad... *almost* as good as a canvas...

One of my favorite still life artists, Jos van Riswick, heard tell that painting on the iPad was the latest/ greatest and decided to give it a go. He's been kind enough to post the results online. Brilliant! Though he does claim to prefer canvas, you can't argue that the results aren't... well... interesting!


...and a billion Apple fans around the world develop synchronized iTwitches, with no notion as to why...


Jeremy Lipking, rad painter, movie star.

Well, he's more of a documentary star. Not that being a documentary star isn't equally fabulous. I mean, those penguins that Morgan Freeman befriended were technically in a documentary, and they were stars. They even won an Academy Award. And! One of Lipking's paintings did go on to feature prominently in a movie with Christopher Walken, who I'm pretty sure knows Morgan Freeman, which definitely makes Jeremy Lipking a star. But seriously, Lipking rocks. And not just because he resembles Morgan Freeman's penguins. (figuratively speaking, of course) The man is incredibly talented and could finger paint with pond scum and make it look like a beautiful woman.

Lipking is also fantastic because he understands the value of sharing his work with the rest of the planet. These days, lots of artists tread the internets too timidly. Many amazing painters don't have websites, or if they do, the images are small and squinty to look at. You want to dig in and check out those juicy brush strokes, but you can't. Whether they fear someone copying their work or don't understand the benefits of being seen, the result is the same. Only those who have the chance to view their work in person know how talented they are.

Not so with Lipking. Not only does he have a site and a blog and he's on the Twitters, but his images are large and detailed and striking to look at.

See? Close up:

Lipking has taken this a step further. Together with his jauntily bearded friend and fellow art-genius Tony Pro, he's filmed himself creating a portrait of his lovely wife Danielle.

Guess who got her hands on a copy of said DVD?

Oh yes. Yes I did.

Guess who is watching it for the third time while she types this post?

Not me. It's too distracting. I keep pausing to make note of his palette colors and the way he blends his shapes.

I feel vaguely like I did watching Bob Ross back in the 80's. Only without the afro. And Danielle is way prettier than a tree. And Lipking is not holding a baby squirrel in his pocket. As far as I know, anyway.

Actually, come to think of it, watching Jeremy Lipking paint is nothing like watching Bob Ross paint. For one thing, the commentary between him and Tony Pro is much more interesting... and informative. They talk about things like choosing galleries and inspirational artists and the importance of warm and cool color schemes. If, like me, you live in an atelier free zone and jump at the chance to paint with or watch other, more talented, artists paint at every opportunity, you will love this DVD. There is much to absorb here.

And if you're a collector you will really enjoy watching him create his work. There's something a little bit magical that happens when a portrait is made, and Lipking is smart enough to know the value in sharing that.

I'll just close this post with some (nice and large) images to ponder.

Jeremy Lipking. His name is five syllables. That's an easy haiku.

... Dangit.

These are a few of my favorite things...

This is my Dad. He's my favorite.

Last week it was his birthday. That's why he's blowing out a candle in a cocktail glass full of ice cream.

When Mom asked Dad what he wanted to do for his birthday, he said to her "Do you remember those paintings? With that man? The ones we saw 15 years ago?

She said "yes, I think so."

And he said, "I want to go see those again."

And she agreed.

It turns out that 15 years ago, Dad saw Thomas Cole's  "The Voyage of Life" paintings and he thought a great way to spend his birthday would be to gaze on them once again and try to figure out where in the series he now falls.

I was thrilled. Because Thomas Cole's paintings now reside in the National Gallery. And the National Gallery is my favorite.

FACT: About a year ago, Madison and I visited the National Gallery and stumbled on Cole's paintings.

"Wow!" I said, "These are really neat landscapes!"

"Mom... these are allegorical paintings. See? They represent the four stages of a man's life: childhood, youth, adulthood and old age," she replied.

"Huh. Look at that. I guess you're right. But the flowers are pretty too."

That's me! Art Teacher Extraordinaire.

So last week the whole fambly met up in DC. We ran from room to room while I pointed out all of my favorite paintings, until we stumbled on the four Dad wanted to see most.

Then we paused.

We took pictures.

We pondered the symbolism.

Then we left and had ice cream.

{To see zoomable and high quality photos of Cole's Voyage series, check out this site dedicated to Thomas Cole. To view the images, just click on the thumbnails at the top of the page and then zoom in to see every brush stroke.}

When Jeremy Lipking paints, my heart goes Squee?!

One of my favorite portrait artists is Jeremy Lipking. I first discovered him when I was pouring over Juliette Aristides' fantastic book, "Classical Painting Atelier" where his Reclining Woman (2004) was featured. I ended up looking him up online.

I think he might have been one of the artists to pass through her Atelier? Yes? No?

Anyway. That is how I found this little video demonstration. Turns out he also has a store with the full 2 1/2 hour long painting demonstration DVD available. (as well as a nifty book) It's a bit steeply priced for my pocketbook, but that doesn't mean I won't share the linkage with you so that you can buy them.

UPDATE: (below the fold)

Was closing out of YouTube when I spotted this little video of Lipking and Tony Pro going all Plein Air together.

Which is yet another artsy-fartsy term that sounds vaguely naughty, until I look it up and find out it's totally not.

Anyway. Mosquitoes! Hail! Lightning! They never said anything about this carp at art-camp.

Jos van Riswick

The Lines and Color blog just featured artist Jos van Riswick, a Dutch still life painter with a great You Tube channel. I'm always fascinated with watching other artists work- probably because I live in a artistic Death Valley- there aren't too many other painters in my hood. Any chance I can get to watch other people work is an opportunity I will gratefully take.

Pretty nifty, yes?

I even love the background noise he uses for his vids. It's like being in a museum and watching him work. ^_^