Russ’s Art Blog: The Blind Girl

We’re back on a single piece of art this week (since I couldn’t decide on a different topic), this time it’s John Everett Millais’ The Blind Girl (Oil on canvas, 1854-1856, 32 1/2″ x 24 1/2″). It’s one of those pieces where the title really does impact what you see in the image, or at […]

Russ’s Art Blog: Artist Gregory Manchess

This week, I’m talking about artist Gregory Manchess (www.manchess.com), one of those artists who seems to be able to fit into any genre. Whether it’s work for movies or television, books or magazines, or even just fine art, Manchess has a great ability to capture different ideas in interesting and exciting ways. If you happen […]

Russ’s Art Blog: War on the Tiger

This week we’re back to a piece of art, in this case Franklin Booth’s War on the Tiger (ink, 1908). I’m a huge fan of ink and engraved works, and Booth was a master of the pen.  He is one of the most influential ink artists ever, and his techniques and styles can easily be […]

Russ’s Art Blog: Trompe l’oeil

On the road of the new and improved (or at least different) “This Week’s Art” posts, this week I thought I’d talk about an art term.  Partly for those who may not know what it means, and partly because I get to learn a little too.  This week’s art term/word is “Trompe l’oeil”.  No, I […]

Russ’s Art Blog: Artist Michael Deas

As I mentioned last week, I’m hoping to change things up a little with the art blogs, and offer more than just a “piece of the week”.  I’ll be featuring artists sometimes that you may be familiar with, if not in name than in work. This week, I’m going to talk about Michael Deas (www.michaeldeas.com), […]

The New Art Blog: Assault on Belleau Wood

After a busy (and depressing) holiday season, I’m attempting to restart the art blog idea.  This time though, I’m going to work things a little differently. Instead of just a piece of art each week, I’m going to alternate on artistic ideas.  Some weeks will still be about a certain piece, other weeks about artists […]

This Week’s Art: Sin

  This is Franz Von Stuck’s Sin (1893, Oil on canvas, 35″ x 21″), which may get my vote for having perhaps the most accurate title of an art piece I’ve seen. I like the color choices and palette here that Von Stuck used, or rather a lack thereof.  He keeps the colors simple, nearly […]

This Week’s Art: Ivan the Terrible

  Ok, so my “little break” was more like a couple of weeks.  Add “extreme coughing from the lungs” to “Post-Las Vegas” and there you go. But I’m back, and this one is an interesting one for me.  It’s one of the first art pieces that I really took something from, especially in the extreme […]

This Week’s Art: The Lovers

  Here’s another of the images that I posted on the Message Board of the Damned so long ago.  This is Rene Magritte’s The Lovers (1928, oil, 21″ x 29″, aka Les Amants), a piece which I’ve had ready to post for some time, but decided to hold onto. It’s just such an interesting, disturbing […]

This Week’s Art: The Premature Burial

  The fans of Edgar Allan Poe out there should like this one (not that they are probably reading my blog, but it’s worth a try). This is Antoine Wiertz’s The Premature Burial (1854, media/size unknown, aka The Hasty Burial), a piece I first saw many years ago accompanying Poe’s work by the same name […]

This Week’s Art: The Duel After the Masquerade

  This is Jean-Léon Gérôme’s The Duel After the Masquerade (1857, Oil, 20″ x 28″), a piece I came across when I was actually looking for another of his works (this one, which may come up again in the future).  It struck me as an interesting piece, and a much different palette than many of […]

This Week’s Art: Rising of the Bones

  This is Gustave Dore’s Rising of the Bones (aka, Vision of the Valley of the Dry Bones, 1865, engraving), a masterwork by one of the greatest engravers and artists that I’ve yet come across. When I started being an artist, there were certain works and creators that I was really influenced by.  Artists like […]

This Week’s Art: The Dead Stretcher Bearer

  I’m back from the brief hiatus known as the Northeastern Writer’s Conference (NeCon), and I’ve chosen a piece that I haven’t come across before. This is Gilbert Rogers’ The Dead Stretcher Bearer (1916, size and media unknown, possibly oil), a fairly disturbing war piece. Now, before I get too far ahead, the version above […]

This Week’s Art: Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist

  This week it’s one of my very favorite pieces, and one from the previous incarnation of the “This Week’s Art” threads. This is Caspar David Friedrich’s A Wanderer Above a Sea of Mist, a stunning piece for me and one that I will eventually (when I have wallspace) show proudly on my own wall. […]