Drawing Basics: Surf's Up—Thought-Provoking Art, Wise Words, and Pleasant Diversions From Around the Web

Head of St Jerome pointing at a skull Lucas van Leyden. 1521.  © Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Head of St Jerome pointing at a skull
Lucas van Leyden. 1521.

© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

We surf the web for interesting new drawings and random information on art so you don't have to.

The Salmagundi Club will play host to the American Masters Show April 29 through May 7, and among the many Western, landscape, and wildlife artists participating is Josh Elliott, whose paintings make me wish that editors were paid more. I have wanted to buy one of his paintings since I first saw his work! There is a calmness, a color harmony, and an honesty to his paintings that hold great appeal.

While fact-checking an article, I was distracted by this image of careful inlay in the Taj Mahal, in Agra, India. The workers used precious and semi-precious stones for this detail work. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum for the wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Construction began in 1632 and was completed in 1653.

Artist Nicholas Simmons, who was featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Watercolor magazine, is also a gifted guitarist. His blog is a smart blend of commentary on visual art and things guitar. He sent me a note alerting me to a lengthy post about classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. Recommended if you are a music fan.

I was stopped during fact-checking by this drawing by Lucas van Leyden, which led me on a quick Google search to remind me about the appearance of Dürer's famous woodcut of the scholar (one of two he did of the early Christian priest and biblical scholar), and along the way I was enchanted by this etching of St. Jerome by Rembrandt. And, because I often think great art is best appreciated when it is mixed in with not-so-great art, here's an etching of St. Jerome in a composition similar to Rembrandt's but with some really distracting drawing problems in it.


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