Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watercolor Ban Announced in California

California has just announced sweeping new restrictions on water use that will affect working artists. The ban applies not only to watercolor, but also to acrylic, casein, gouache, and other water media. Pencils and pastels and other dry media are not affected.

New group of Equihominids discovered

Scientists who exhumed the original skeleton of Equihominid aprilis near Volos, Greece in 1980 report that they have uncovered more than a dozen new individuals in the exposed shoreline sediments near Samsun in northern Turkey.

"The preservation of these fossils is extraordinary," said Project Director Manolis Ipponikos, who led a team from the Istanbul University of Turkey. "Having a larger sample size of these rare specimens allows us to better understand the variability of this species."

According to Professor Ipponikos, fish bones were found in the stomach contents of the centaurines, along with spearpoints nearby, which points to a pescetarian diet. "Some of the male skeletons exhibited healed postcranial injuries," he said, "suggesting that they had previously engaged in some form of violent conflict."

However, the creatures appear to have perished from a mass drowning event, most likely when the Black Sea was inundated from the Bosphorus, as suggested by Walter Pitman's Black Sea deluge hypothesis. Radiocarbon evidence from the skeletons confirms the  6500BC date for the flooding event.
Uffizi to Auction its Collection 
Bold New Art in the White House
Dinotopia-Themed Caskets
Village Books

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dinotopia: World Beneath, Episode 9

It's Tuesday, time for Episode 9 of the serialized audio dramatization of Dinotopia: The World Beneath. You can listen to the track by clicking on the play button below, or by following the direct link to SoundCloud.

Arthur, Oriana, Bix, and Crabb explore further into the caverns, and in the process, each of them discovers more about their own inner lives.

The Podcast Series
This acoustic adventure was produced by Tom Lopez, mastermind of the ZBS Foundation, with an original music track by composer Tim Clark.

The Christian Science Monitor called this production "A dazzling soundscape that does full justice to Gurney’s wondrous lost world… perfect family listening.”

Episode 10 arrives in a week. Each short episode will only be live online for one week, and then it will disappear.

If you'd like to purchase the full two-hour World Beneath podcast right now and hear all fifteen episodes back to back in a feature-length production, check out The World Beneath at ZBS Foundation website for the MP3 download. It's also available as a CD.

The Book
You can also order the original printed book from my web store and I'll sign it for you. (It ships via Media Mail within 24 hours of your order. US orders only for the book, please). The book is also available from Amazon in a 20th Anniversary Edition with lots of extras.

The Museum Exhibition is now on view
Many of these paintings are now on view at the Dinotopia exhibition at the Stamford Art Museum and Nature Center through May 25.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Walter Launt Palmer Exhibition in Albany, NY

American impressionist Walter Launt Palmer (1854–1932) was known for three themes: snowy forests, Venetian lagoons, and opulent interiors. To all three of those subjects he brought an evocative feeling for light and color.

An exhibition of Walter Launt Palmer at New York State's Albany Institute of History and Art features all three of those themes. The show just opened and it will be up through August 16.

The museum has one of the largest holdings of his work, and they'll be showing oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, and drawings, as well as letters and photographs. 

When he was just 24 years old, Palmer studied landscape painting with Frederic Church. He shared a studio with Church in New York City from 1878-1881.  

Walter Launt Palmer made many trips to Europe. He met John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Robert Frederick Blum, and probably a lot of other guys with three names. 

After seeing the young Sargent's sketchbooks, Palmer wrote home, "He is but 17 and has done a lot of work, very little in oil." 

Palmer was the one who recommended that Sargent should study with Carolus Duran  [Edit: Palmer gave up his place in Carolus-Duran's atelier for the younger artist, whom he had met two years earlier in Florence.] Palmer was so impressed with the younger painter's bold and vigorous style that he tried a similar approach himself for a while. 

Palmer's winter scenes were constructed with a combination of outdoor studies, photographs, and memory.

Online resources
Exhibition: "Walter Launt Palmer: Painting the Moment" at Albany Institute of History and Art through August 16. (Note, not all of the paintings in this post are in the show.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Remembering John Renbourn

John Renbourn, the eclectic guitarist who co-founded Pentangle, died at his home in Scotland on Thursday. I sketched him during a concert that he gave with Robin Williamson in 1995 in a little country church at Copake Falls, New York.

Remembrance on National Public Radio

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Portrait of Inventor Dominic Wilcox

(Link from YouTube) Dominic Wilcox is an artist, designer, and inventor who builds working prototypes of delightfully bizarre concepts, such a stained-glass driverless car, GPS shoes that guide you where you want to go, and a hearing device that reverses right and left inputs.

This video introduces us to his thought process, and we get to meet his parents. Mr. Wilcox wrote a book called Variations on Normal illustrated with his comic sketches.

Dominic Wilcox's Binaudios for magnifying faraway urban sounds
Edit: Frank Palmer sent this photo of "WWII acoustic aircraft detection system similar to that of Dominic Wilcox’s “Binaudios” but pre-dating him by about 75 years. These were used by the Brits, Germans, Japanese and others early in the war before the detection of enemy aircraft was taken over by radar."

Here's Wilcox's website.
(Thanks, Bryn and Frank!)