Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid, 1658–1660

A Closer Look at The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer

By Dan Scott / July 22, 2019 / 39 Comments

The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer is a stunning demonstration of realism, color, and composition. In this post, I take a closer look at the painting to see what you can learn and apply to your own art. Johannes Vermeer, The Milkmaid Key Facts, Ideas, and Subject The Milkmaid is thought to have been painted around … Read more

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Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632

A Closer Look at The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt

By Dan Scott / May 24, 2019 / 17 Comments

In this post, I take a closer look at The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt. This is a masterful demonstration of composition and accuracy. It is also a change from the colorful impressionist landscapes which I seem to favor. Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes, 1632 Key Facts About The Anatomy Lesson … Read more

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Nicolai Fechin, The Lady in Purple, 1908

Nicolai Fechin – Key Facts, Style Breakdown and Master Paintings

By Dan Scott / April 3, 2019 / 55 Comments

Nicolai Fechin was a master Russian artist known for his dynamic paintings and intricate drawings. His art is a stunning mix of academic brilliance and creative exploration. Nicolai Fechin, Self-Portrait “Fine painting is simply a matter of putting the right colors in the right places on canvas.” Nicolai Fechin Key Facts About Nicolai Fechin Nicolai … Read more

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Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836

A Closer Look at “The Oxbow” by Thomas Cole

By Dan Scott / March 1, 2019 / 53 Comments

In this post I will be taking a closer look at “The Oxbow” by Thomas Cole. This is a grand landscape painting with undertones about the growth of civilization in America during the 19th century. Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School, which was a group of landscape painters known for their romantic portrayal … Read more

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John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1886

How To Make Your Paintings Look More Realistic

By Dan Scott / July 3, 2018 / 35 Comments

When I ask my readers what their single biggest struggle is in painting the most common answer by far is…. “I want my paintings to look more realistic”. I think it is always important to have some quality of realism to your paintings no matter what style you paint in. Otherwise, people will be left … Read more

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Martin Rico Close Up Painting

Elegant Realism By Martin Rico

By Dan Scott / April 11, 2018 / 8 Comments

Martín Rico y Ortega (12 November 1833 – 13 April 1908) was a remarkable Spanish painter who had international success mostly for his landscapes and cityscapes. His paintings seem to have this peaceful elegance to them. This is probably due to the relatively high key which he painted in (most of the colors are on … Read more

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