Trevor Tennant

Trevor Tennant
Though he also paints still life and architectural subjects, Canadian painter Trevor Tennant focuses primarily on landscape and wildlife art.

His approach to landscape is nicely naturalistic, with restrained colors, controlled values and an eye for atmosphere and texture.

His website includes both originals and prints, and features a step-through process of one of his paintings.


Eye Candy for Today: Alfons Mucha portrait drawing

Jaroslava Mucha, pencil portrait drawing by Alfons Mucha
Jaroslava Mucha, Alfons Mucha

Link is to Wikimedia Commons. Pencil and white (presumably gouache) on toned paper, roughly 13 x 10 inches (33 x 25 cm).

This lively and sensitive drawing by Czech painter, poster artist and decorative designer Alfons (Alphonse) Mucha is a portrait of his daughter, Jaroslava.

The high resolution version available from the Wikimedia Commons page gives us a nice view of his drawing technique. Some of the drawing seems almost casual, but there is wonderful finesse in the delicate lost and found lines with which he’s indicated the nose, the sharply defined eyelids, and the tonal rendering of the lips, hair and garment.

The Wikimedia image is sourced from a Dorotheum auction listing (which no longer appears to be available), so my assumption is that the drawing is currently in a private collection.


Su Jian

Su Jian, concept art
Su Jian is a concept artist based in Beijing, China and working in the film industry.

Beyond that, I know little. I haven’t found an official website other than a presence on ArtStation, and that has no information on projects of companies worked for.

Su Jian’s illustrations are sometimes in the vein of common concept art themes, but often more eccentric, with interesting subjects and approaches.


Alfred Thörne

Sven Alfred Thorne, Swedish landscape painter
When I came across the work of Swedish painter Sven Alfred Thörne recently, I was surprised that I hadn’t encountered it before, but pleased to have found another Scandinavian landscape painter to add to my list of favorites.

Thörne was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He studied at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and extended his studies on a traveling scholarship to France, Belgium, Germany and Italy.

He painted with an open, painterly realism and nicely naturalistic palette, with lots of water views and scenes of small cottages and houses. I particularly like his handling of the textures of foliage and rocks.

The largest images I’ve found for Thörne are on the Bukowski’s auction site, along with the Elogio di Michelagnolo blog.


Eye Candy for Today: Bartolomeo Montagna Renaissance portrait

Saint Justina of Padua, Bartolomeo Montagna (Bartolomeo Cincani)
Saint Justina of Padua, Bartolomeo Montagna (Bartolomeo Cincani)

In the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Use the “download or Enlarge links under the image on their site.

Though this is technically a religious work, not a portrait, I think the beautifully drawn and delicately rendered face has the look of a real person, not an imagined ideal.

I like the wonderful detail in the texture of the iris of the eyes, and the highlight in the eye (which, for reasons beyond me, some artists in later centuries would leave out).

The values in which the face is modeled are subtle but the face feels well defined and geometrically strong.

Montagna’s style shows the influence of Venetian Renaissance master Giovanni Bellini, and it’s speculated that he may have been a student or apprentice of Bellini at some point.