10 years of Lines and Colors

10 years of Lines and Colors
Today marks the 10th anniversary of my first post on Lines and Colors, on August 22, 2005.

My initial intention for the blog — which you can read more about here — is still basically the same: to introduce my readers to wonderful art and artists that they may not be familiar with, or to point out something of interest about more well-known artists.

The artwork I feature is in a broad variety of genres, but tied together by two common factors — I personally like it, and it’s more or less within the traditions of representational realism. Other than that, as I’ve always said in the blog’s capsule description, if it has lines and/or colors, it’s fair game.

You can see some of the range of genres in the “Categories” listing in the left hand column, and below that, in the “Archives”, you can still read all of the posts I’ve added over the past ten years. (Well, almost all — I still need to restore about 10 posts from July of 2013 that were “misplaced” when I moved the blog from one server to another — it’s constantly a work in progress.)

My most popular single post to date, at least in terms of response and comments, has been “How Not to Display Your Artwork on the Web“.

The images I’ve selected above are meant as a small sampling of what you may find in the archives.

It has always been my hope that those interested in a particular genre of art — like traditional painting, plein air, art history, comics, concept art, fantasy art or illustration — would be drawn to Lines and Colors to pursue their area of interest, and through it discover wonderful art in other genres that they may not have sought out or encountered otherwise. I see that aspect of what I’m doing as an attempt to gently counter the ever-increasing fragmentation of art interests on the web.

In the 10 years since writing my first article for Lines and Colors, the resources for art images on the internet have expanded dramatically, most notably in the form of major museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and the Rijksmuseum, posting high-resolution images from their collections online; the appearance of remarkable resources like the Google Art Project; and new online destinations for illustration, comics and concept art.

Originally, my posts were short, and the images single and small, and I actually worried that I would run out of “favorite artists” to write about. Today, after more than 3,400 posts (not quite a post a day for ten years, but pretty close), I have an ever-growing list of potential topics to get to — that may actually be longer than the list of already written ones.

There’s more to come!


73 Replies to “10 years of Lines and Colors

  1. Congratulations, Charlie! I’m a long-time reader of your blog, and the day i discovered it was one of mu luckiest days on the web. I just had to congratulate you today. You’re one of the Internet’s heroes, making quality content everyday in an age of dross and clickbait. As an art lover, your blog is a national treasure.

    I particularly like your eclectic mix of genres. Classical work alone would become boring. I like seeing the comic art, modern animation, etc. The variety is excellent and I encourage you to continue. with it. Maybe a little more comic art (just a personal preference) and who knows, maybe more abstract/modern art. You don’t seem to like abstract art much, and I don’t blame you. Much of it is pretentious nonsense. But if anyone can find the hidden gems of modern abstract/impressionist art it is you.

    Also glad to see you on social media like twitter. I read your blog on my RSS feed, but I’m old school. For the new generation of readers, visiting a blog or using an RSS reader is old school. twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, etc are the way to go these days. So that’s something you should also keep in mind.

    Anyway, just giving feedback as a loyal reader of many years. I’m delighted to read that the blog will continue. So few people do what you do and do it so well. Here’s to many more years of Lines and Colors, and if it ever begins to feel like work, remember the many people like me who don’t always say thank you, but read and love your work everyday. Godspeed!

  2. Charley, congratulations, ten years is a true accomplishment! I enjoy your blog immensely, I will have to start sifting through your archives, you put so many wonderful details above today – so many I missed!
    Thank you so much for posting your finds, they are very inspiring. I often link to you on the Bucks County Illustrators Society FB page, and I know you have fans there too.

  3. Charley, what an accomplishment, what a commitment! Your selfless service to the public on the internet has not gone unappreciated, and we are lucky to have you. I visit your blog daily and am never disappointed.
    Thanks for all you do.

  4. An every day stop for me for most of those ten years I think Charley. Thank you for your work and the variety you bring. That occasional eye opener and new artist is always a joy.

  5. In spite of your thoughtful time-sink warnings, I find myself lost in the links to wonderful new and old artists and their work all the time. You open doors to a lot of amazing art. It is inspiring to have a sense of all the work being done. I don’t know how you manage to find it all, but, thank you!

  6. Congratulations, and so many thanks. Your blog is a daily treat, and I appreciate not only the beautiful images, but your informed comments. Thanks, also, for maintaining your archived posts – what a library to consult!

  7. Your site remains a continuing source of inspiration and new artists to me. Congratulations (and also well-due appreciation) on running it for a decade (!) and for continuing to provide us with quality posts.

  8. Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for the last 10 years and hope to be doing so for the next 10.

  9. Lines and Colors always comes up high in searches about those great but lesser-known artists who we never learned about in art history class. You present the best examples, write the most concise bios, and you have a remarkable ability to evoke an artist’s style in words. Your readers have been well served by your strategy to write about only those artists who you personally respond to, and to be a describer rather than a critic. Thanks for including one of my paintings in your visual highlights!

  10. Charley, I can only reiterate what was said above. Congratulations, yours is an important and delightful contribution to artists, connoisseurs, and the interested public. The chock-a-block grouping of images for the 10th anniversary is the ideal threshold to cross into the wondrous rabbit hole known as Lines and Colors.

  11. Happy Birthday to Lines and Colors! I think it was the How Not to Post your Artwork on the Web post that I stumbled on first. I’ve bee reading every post since I discovered your blog. Thank you, Charlie, for all you do to bring us such great material day after day!

  12. Congratulations! Some blogs come and go in my rss feed, but this one has stayed for years. I still look forward to reading Lines and Colors every day. Thank you!

  13. Thanks, Charley, for keeping the blog going. Ten years is quite an accomplishment – especially in the age of Facebook and Twitter, when so many blogs are going by the wayside.

    Your posts on this blog have been integral in the expansion of my art appreciation and inspiration.

    I’m looking forward to the next ten years of Lines and Colors.

  14. Congratulations and Thank You Charley. It is a great blog and I know a ton of work to keep up and research. No wonder I haven’t gotten back through all yours posts, having discovered your blog a bit later than others, 3400!
    None of us can thank you enough for the gems and discoveries you bring to our attention. Happy to hear you will still be forging ahead!

  15. Happy 10th Birthday to Lines and Colours and let there be many happy returns as well!

    Your blog is one of the best on the web when it comes to art and illustration and we could all get lost for days in your archives!

    I’ve spoken about my appreciation for your blog in a post on my blog today.

  16. Congratulations Charley, and impressive milestone & a fantastic resource. I love discovering new favourite artists, or new perspectives on old favourites, through your blog.

  17. Congratulations on 10 years of Lines and Colours! Thank you for taking the time to enlighten the world with your excellent blog and for introducing me to artists and styles that otherwise I might have overlooked or never known about. Your blog is a true inspiration and I, like many of your readers, are very happy that you plan to continue your hard work. Here’s to the next ten years of Lines and Colours!

  18. Hi there! Thank you for all the good work over the years. My life has been greatly enriched by your blog! I started reading back in high school. I’ve been through college since and I am working person for 3 years now… So it’s a great portion of my life I’ve been diving into all these wonderful worlds. I initially came for concept art and illustration pieces but I have immersed to large body of other styles and genres since. So your mission accomplished with me 🙂

    There should be your usual “time sinking warning” written across these pages and a huge one! 🙂 But it’s a time well invested. So thank you again and looking forward to all upcoming articles!

  19. Congratulations, Charley. I’ll look forward to another ten years – best wishes and continued success.

  20. Thank you for all the beauty, knowledge and inspiration. Your site is one that I encourage my students to visit every day, and we all come away inspired. May you never exhaust that list of yours.

  21. Well done, Charley! I always welcome your “time sinks” because they are NEVER a waste of time.
    Just the challenge of keeping up with the ever changing web for 10 years has to be a huge accomplishment in itself.
    Your blog, alone, has guided me to art and artists that have become a great contribution to my personal development as an artist.

    Thank you,


  22. Your blog raises my spirits and creative urge every time I visit (which is on a very regular basis). Thank you and warmest congratulations.

  23. The first image in your little retrospective I discovered on your blog and used as my desktop for years. I’ve been checking nearly everyday for what I realize now has been the better part of a decade. Thank you.

  24. Someone wrote it’s the first thing they look at in the morning. I’m the opposite. I save the best for last, and it’s usually what I look at at the end of the day, and it’s always entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring. Thanks.

  25. Charlie,

    Many, many happy returns for your wonderful blog! I follow it ardently, and feel grateful for the incisive knowledge imparted in every bit of it. I absolutely share your penchant for traditional styles of art.

  26. Lines and Colors is at the top of my bookmarks list and I’ve been visiting for years. Congratulations Charley. Your achievement is all the more remarkable for the quality of art and artists you select, and for your insightful comments. Your generosity in sharing this wealth of information is greatly appreciated!

  27. Happy Birthday Charlie!!! I’ve enjoyed your blog since the first day I found it years ago. Thanks for finding all these wonderful artists, as well as the more well known ones, and posting about them. Melissa

  28. I love this blog and visit almost every day. It is the classiest art blog I know of. Even better, you don’t throw in cheesy time-wasting videos. Congratulations and I wish you many more blogging arty years!

  29. Happy 10th Anniversary – Thanks for all your hard work, Charley!! Lines and Colors is a valuable resource for inspiration and education. Well done!!

  30. I’ve been following your blog for 4 years now and it’s been an ever wonderful discovery of new artists to admire and learn from. Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into it!

  31. I’m a coulpe of days late with my Well Wishes, but Happy Anniversary to you! I discovered your site about six years ago, and make an effort to get to it every morning before work. I like your insights and Love the art you find – it wakes the senses and inspires. Thank You!

  32. Happy Blog Anniversary! I first went to your blog seeking advice on art websites. I had seen your site listed on several of my friend’s blog. Here’s to another 10 years and more!

  33. Thank you, Charley!! I visit daily and am sometimes greeted by old favorite artists, but more often discover something new. You are providing a wonderful service.

    I know you sell ad space, but is there any place I could donate directly to the site?

  34. I have never commented on your blog before, but since there is such an occasion like this anniversary – I wanted to tell you, that I visit every single post you put here, and I come back here very often while searching for any inspirations. So I just wanted to say, that it’s a great job your doing and I’m very grateful for all your effort. Keep up with the great work. Cheers 🙂

  35. Just to say: Thank you!

    Normally I do not post comments in websites but I think that I must be grateful for the great job you have done and for the many art things that I have learned during these several years that I have been visiting. I came after reading of you from Mr. Gurney.
    Also I have bought a book sometimes because your recommendations (notice that advertisers!!).

    So, as we say here in Puerto Rico: “¡Feliz cumpleaños!”

    1. Thanks, everyone, for the enthusiastic comments. I can’t answer every one individually, but I very much appreciate the words of encouragement. Thanks in particular to those who are not usually inclined to comment for making a point of it on this occasion. I hope to keep pointing you to lots of inspiring art and artists in the years to come.

  36. Slightly late to the party but a very Happy Anniversary! Always an inspiration and an education. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this labor of love. Here’s to another 10,20,30 years of this wonderful site.
    All the best!

  37. Charlie,
    Congrats on reaching this milestone! Your site is well-conceived and articulate. I can’t imagine a week going by w/out a visit. Thank you!

  38. Although I am not a trained artist, I am a big fan of this site and of the man himself. Lines and Colors is singular (in my experience) in bringing engaging art and illustration to both the professional and the layperson. That it also comes with concise and approachable descriptions of what we are looking at, cross-references to earlier posts and links, makes this a research tool like no other. Well done, CP.

  39. Belated but heartfelt thanks CP for the many hours of work that this wonderful site must take. You have expanded my artistic knowledge and -more importantly – artistic enjoyment, immeasurably. Congratulations on your first 10 years, please may there be many more !

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