Eye Candy for Today: Richard Emile Miller’s Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea, Richard Emile Miller, oil on canvas
Afternoon Tea (details), Richard Emile Miller, oil on canvas

Afternoon Tea, Richard Emile Miller; oil on canvas; roughly 39 x 32 in (99 x 81 cm).

This 1910 painting by American Impressionist Richard Emile Miller is in Newfields, part of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The museum has a nicely large image of the painting (4596 x 5636 pixels, over 15mb) that can be both zoomed and downloaded.

You can zoom in even further then my detail caps above and see the artist’s individual brushstrokes, part of his very painterly style.

I particularly enjoy the passages in which he’s used a textural scumble to create broken color.

Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo
Arantza Sestayo

Arantza Sestayo is a Spanish painter and illustrator who works promarily in the genres of fantasy and imaginative realism.

Her highly refined paintings and drawngs show the influence of Victorian painting, Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites. (Her image above, bottom, may be a nod to J. W. Waterhouse’s depiction of jealous Circe.)

Sestayo applies her skills across several mediums. If you scroll down on the home page of her website, you will find categories that translate as “Oils, Watercolor, Pencil, Comic, Sketches and Digital”. There is also a section featuring her book cover illustrations.

A number of her pieces are illustrations for a deluxe limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Easton Press.

You can find several videos of her process on YouTube.

Eye Candy for Today: Maxfield Parrish landscape

Autumn Brook, Maxfield Parrish, oil on board
Autumn Brook, Maxfield Parrish, oil on board (details)

Autumn Brook, Maxfield Parrish, oil on board, roughly 23 x 18 in (60 x 46 cm). Link is to past auction on Christies; large image here.

Another beautifully realized imaginary landscape by the great American painter and illustrator, Maxfield Parrish.

Eye Candy for Today: Ingres pencil portrait of Mme Lethiere

Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethiere, née Marie-Joseph-Honoree Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethiere, pencil portrait drawing by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethiere, née Marie-Joseph-Honoree Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethiere (details), pencil portrait drawing by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Madame Guillaume Guillon Lethière, née Marie-Joseph-Honorée Vanzenne, and her son Lucien Lethière, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres; graphite on paper; roughly 9 x 7″ (24 x 19 cm); in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

I’m a great admirer of Ingres’ sensitive pencil portrait drawings. This one is a bit unusual, more finished than most, and featuring a background of Roman architecture.