Charles Edward Hallé

Charles Edward Halle
Charles Edward Halle

Charles Edward Hallé was an English painter who studied in both England and France. He painted portraits, genre scenes and history scenes and was influenced by Neo-Classicism, Venetian art and the British Pre-Raphaelites.

I haven’t found a great deal of work by Hallé on the web, but there is enough to be of interest.

 
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Mildred Anne Butler

Mildred Anne Butler, Irish watercolorist
Mildred Anne Butler, Irish watercolorist
Though she frequently traveled to England and the continent — and studied in Paris — Irish watercolorist Mildred Anne Butler primarily painted en plein air in the area around her home in Kilmurry.

Butler was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and was a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Watercolor Society.

She painted landscapes that were often populated with ravens, cows and other animals. To me, some of her work has a dreamy storybook feeling.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Frits Thaulow river scene in France

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting
Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas landscape painting

Picquigny, Frits Thaulow, oil on canvas; roughly 29 x 36 inches (73 x 92 cm); in the collection fo the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, which has a zoomable and downloadable version of the image.

Norwegian painter Frits Thaulow has long been one of my favorite landscape painters. He was an absolute master of painting the flow of water through small streams and rivers.

Thaulow spent a good part of his career living and working in Paris, and many of his paintings are of rural areas in northern France.

 
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Eye Candy for Today: Eugène Bléry etching

L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching
L'arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugene Blery, etching (details)

L’arbre aux racines (Tree with Roots), Eugène Bléry, etching on chine collé, roughly 5×7″ (11 x 16 cm), in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, DC, which haas both zoomable and downloadable versions of the image.

A wonderful evocation of a deep forest scene, showing the effectiveness of just value and texture to convey mood and atmosphere. The images on the NGA site are actually much higher resolution than the detail crops I’ve provided above.

Chine collé refers to a technique in which a print is made on delicate or thin paper, supported by a thicker material during the printing process

 
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James Gurney botanical study video

James Gurney botanical study video, Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain
James Gurney botanical study video, Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain

Painter, illustrator and writer James Gurney frequently posts short videos to YouTube, often showing his painting process. Though I have found pretty much all of those I’ve seen enjoyable and informative, he recently posted a video that I found particularly appealing.

In Painting This Botanical Study Nearly Broke My Brain he sets out to paint a detailed study of a hosta plant in the New York Botanical Garden with watercolor and gouache.

I think what I like about his approach here is the pace of the video. It’s a little longer, and I think proceeds a little slower than most of his short videos.

The subject involves maintaining intense concentration while focused on painting the plant accurately, and — with the exception of a short, sped-up sequence in the beginning — seems paced in a way that pleasingly suits the subject, approaching a feeling of ASMR in places.

 
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