Art Inspiration And History

Monet Poplars

A Closer Look at Claude Monet’s Poplars Series

By Dan Scott / May 24, 2022 / 19 Comments

Let’s take a closer look at Claude Monet’s Poplars series. I’ll cover: Key Details Light and Color Composition Brushwork and Technique My Favorite From the Series Other Monet Series Poplar Paintings by Other Artists Key Takeaways Additional Resources Key Details Monet painted the Poplars series in 1891 and 92. He did paint poplars on a … Read more

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Aert van der Neer, Moonlit Landscape With Bridge, c.1640

12 Famous Night Paintings and Why They Work

By Dan Scott / March 28, 2022 / 38 Comments

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite night paintings and why they work. I’ll also provide some tips for painting the night at the end. Aert van der Neer, Moonlit Landscape With Bridge What a stunning depiction of moonlight. Van der Neer contrasted brilliant highlights against stygian blacks. The moonlight gently outlines the … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, The Flowering Orchard (2)

European Masterpieces – Monet, van Gogh, Rubens, Velázquez, and More

By Dan Scott / October 22, 2021 / 69 Comments

I attended the European Masterpieces exhibition the other day with Chontele, Elora, and my parents. On arrival, we were met with a line that spanned from the entrance, all the way across the front of the building, and around the corner. Not what you want to see when you are with a nearly 4-month-old baby. … Read more

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Claude Monet, Haystack, 1891

Claude Monet – Master of Color and Light

By Dan Scott / September 20, 2021 / 60 Comments

“Monet is just an eye, but God, what an eye.” Paul Cézzane on Claude Monet If you forced me to choose an all-time favorite artist, I would have to go with Claude Monet. Discovering his work led me down an endless rabbit hole of color, light, and the challenge of capturing life’s fleeting effects on … Read more

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Claude Monet, Westminster Palace, Sunset, 1900

Claude Monet’s Skies

By Dan Scott / April 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Claude Monet’s Skies

Claude Monet’s skies are a masterclass in color and movement. Vivid sunsets, pastel evenings, hazy mornings, booming clouds, and glimmering broken colors. I put together a collection of my favorites (see below). Here are some key observations from these paintings: He was a master of broken color. His paintings appear to vibrate with all the tiny … Read more

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Edgar Payne, Concarneau Harbor

Edgar Payne’s Sailboat Paintings

By Dan Scott / April 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Edgar Payne’s Sailboat Paintings

Most people know Edgar Payne for his vast and mountainous landscapes, but it seems he was also keen on painting sailboats. Below is a collection of his sailboat paintings, plus some key observations: Notice the strong use of shape. This is typical of Payne’s work. He had a knack for transforming complex subjects into basic shapes. … Read more

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Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night

By Dan Scott / March 26, 2021 / 83 Comments

Let’s take a look at Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Café Terrace at Night. I’ll cover: Key Facts and Ideas Striking Contrast and Color in the Night Value (Light and Shadow) Brushwork and Outlining Composition Key Takeaways Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888 Van Gogh describes it well: “On the terrace, there are little figures … Read more

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Konstantin Korovin, Self Portrait, 1938

Konstantin Korovin: The First Russian Impressionist

By Dan Scott / December 5, 2020 / 1 Comment

Konstantin Korovin (1861-1939) was a notable Russian artist of the impressionist, art nouveau and realism periods, and a prominent theatre designer and writer. Konstantin Korovin, Yaroslavna’s Lament, 1909 Key Details Birth: Date: 5 December 1861, Place: Moscow Death: Age: 77, Date: 11 September 1939, Place: Paris, France Education: Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture … Read more

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The Garden of Love, by Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens: Key Facts, Paintings, and Style

By Dan Scott / December 1, 2020 / 0 Comments

Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish artist known for his dramatic Baroque style. Rubens, Self-portrait, 1628 Key Details Birth: Date: 28 June 1577 Place: Siegen, Germany Death: Age: 62 Date: 13 May 1640, Place: Antwerp, Belgium Education: Classically educated, and apprenticed to art teachers. Medium: Oil Style: Baroque Peter Paul Rubens, Nicolas Rubens … Read more

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Marie Bashkirtseff, At a Book, 1882, 700W

Marie Bashkirtseff – Stunning Realism, Muted Colors, and Wise Words

By Dan Scott / November 9, 2020 / 152 Comments

“I long to see everything, to know everything, to learn everything!” Marie Bashkirtseff A while ago I wrote about Marie Bashkirtseff’s The Umbrella. It turned out to be one of my most popular posts. Let’s take a look at some of her other work and life as an artist. Key Facts and Ideas Diary of a … Read more

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