Eye Candy for Today: Samuel Prout pencil drawing

The Castle at Heidelberg, Samuel Prout pencil drawing

The Castle at Heidelberg, Samuel Prout pencil drawing (details)

The Castle at Heidelberg, Samuel Prout

Pencil on paper, roughly 11 x 16″ (28 x 43 cm); in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.

19th century artist Samuel Prout give us one of those wonderful drawings that is simultaneously loose and precise, and shows us something of the process of its creation in the more lightly rendered left side of the castle’s facade.

 
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Fritz Baumgarten

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten, classic illustrations

Fritz Baumgarten was a German children’s book illustrator active in the early to mid part of the 20th century.

He illustrated numerous books, primarily in Germany, working in a nicely finessed combination of ink and watercolor.

Baumgarten had a knack for blending the commonplace with the fantastic, putting his elf-like characters and anthropomorphized creatures into scenes of activities that might otherwise seem quite ordinary.

Many of his portrayals of the forest floor are nicely naturalistic.

I haven’t been able to find many sources for his images, but I’ve included links to a few, below. I’ll also provide a link to a Google image search, with the size filter set to “large”, and some books available on Amazon (most appear to be German language editions).

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Joaquim Vancells, “February”

February, Joaquim Vancells, landscape painting

February, Joaquim Vancells, landscape painting, details

February, Joaquim Vancells

Oil on canvas, roughly 40 x 60 inches (104 x 155 cm)

Link is to zoomable image on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Catalonian painter Joaquim Vancells invites us into a quiet forest landscape in the heart of winter. I like the way the details of sticks, leaves and undergrowth ground us in the environment, while the meandering path in center invites us farther into the misty depths of the woodland.

 
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Skip Whitcomb

Skip Whitcomb, plein air landscape painting

Skip Whitcomb, plein air landscape painting

Colorado painter Skip Whitcomb was trained in figure study and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, but when he turned his attention to painting full time, he found his inspiration in landscape.

His paintings revel in the light and textures of the visual world, rendered in both oil and pastel. Shadows and reflections often play a key role in his compositions, as to repeated elements and the contrasts between strong and muted value relationships.

I particularly enjoy his scenes of water, both moving and still.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Paul Sandby gouache nocturne

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, gouache on paper by Paul Sandby

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, gouache on paper by Paul Sandby (details)

Windsor Castle from Drachet Lane on a rejoicing night, Paul Sandby

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project, downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Royal Collection Trust.

Gouache on paper, roughly 12 x 18 inches (31 x 46 cm).

The Google Art Project page has some interesting background on the painting.

 
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