Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2016!

Happy Leyendecker Baby New Year 2015!,  J.C. Leyendecker New Year's babies from covers for The Saturday Evening Post
As I’ve done every New Year’s Eve for the past 10 years, I’ll wish all Lines and Colors readers a Happy New Year with a few more of J.C. Leyendecker’s terrific New Year’s babies.

These are from a three decade run of The Saturday Evening Post covers from the early 20th century. For more, see my previous links, below.

I hope your crystal ball reveals a new year filled with art and inspiration!


William Logsdail

William logsdail, English painter, portraits, still life, history and genre subjects, cityscapes of London and Venice
William Logsdail was an English painter active during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He painted portraits, still life, history and genre subjects, but was known in particular for his beautiful portrayals of London and Venice, many of which were panted on location.

His rich, textural evocations of streets and buildings often feel saturated with atmosphere and light. They are also built on a solid understanding of architecture, one of Logsdail’s early interests and almost his career.

See also my previous post on William Logsdail’s St Martin in the Fields.


Kay Nielsen’s illustrations for East of the Sun and West of the Moon

East of the Sun and West of the Moon
East of the Sun and West of the Moon is a classic Norwegian book of fairy tales, most famously illustrated in a 1914 edition by the superb Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.

Taschen has just published a new deluxe, slipcased edition of the book. I haven’t personally seen it yet, but judging from other Taschen volumes, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one. They always manage to produce inexpensive art volumes with high production values.

There are some preview images on the Taschen page for the book, on the Amazon listing and on Wink.

The images above aren’t indicative of the quality of the new edition, they are simply from existing internet resources taken from previous editions.

There is a Project Gutenberg entry for the original edition with the images in context (in the HTML version, click on them for larger images).

Wikipedia has a page devoted to the original book, with most of Nielsen’s color plates. There are more, as well as some of the black and white illustrations on Wikimedia Commons.

None of these, however, will be as high in quality or detail as the reproductions of the illustrations in the Taschen volume.

For more, see my previous post on Kay Niesen.

[Via BoingBoing]


Eye Candy for Today: Pissarro’s Boulevard Montmartre in Winter

The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning, Camille Pissarro
The Boulevard Montmartre on a Winter Morning, Camille Pissarro

In the Metropolitan Museum of Art; use the zoom or download icons under the image on their site.

This is part of a remarkable series of views of two of the grand boulevards of Paris, painted from a hotel room over the period of three months — two of the Boulevard Italiens and 14 of the Boulevard Montmartre. These were painted in a variety of weather, light and time of day over the changing of the season.

For more, see my article on Pissarro’s views of the boulevard Montmartre.



Mother, animaged short
Mother is a touching and beautifully realized animated short (5 minutes) about the weight of maintaing a family and household.

The film, done in a Japanese influenced style [correction: I’m told the style is Korean], was made by a group of third-year students at Sheridan College.

The group, led by Stephanie Chew, calls themselves Studio Kokorosh. (For full credits, please see the Vimeo page.) They have a blog with concept art and preliminary images as well as screenshots from the film.

Mother has been nominated for Best Student Film for the Annie Awards, and the group is currently trying to crowdfund a trip to the awards presentation.

[Via Digg]


Mike Wise

Mike Wise, landscapes
Mike Wise is a painter based on Whidby Island in Washington who combines loose, gestural brushwork with dimensionally textural applications of painting knives to achieve a fascinating surface quality.

He works with contrasts of roughly formed lost-and-found edges and punctuations of more sharply defined forms to give his work a feeling of subjects emerging from the backgrounds, as if being sculpturally hewn from chunks of color.