Monday, June 29, 2020

George Caleb Bingham

 George Caleb Bingham, Fur trader study, for Fur Traders Descending the Missouri (1845) and the second later version, Trappers’ Return (1851), brush, black ink and wash over pencil on off-white wove paper, 11-1/2″ x 9-1/2″

(March 20, 1811 – July 7, 1879)

George Caleb Bingham, 1845, Oil on canvas, 29 in × 36.5 in

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

George Caleb Bingham (March 20, 1811 – July 7, 1879) was an American artist, soldier and politician known in his lifetime as "the Missouri Artist".[1] Initially a Whig, he was elected as a delegate to the Missouri legislature before the American Civil War where he fought the extension of slavery westward. During that war, although born in Virginia, Bingham was dedicated to the Union cause and became captain of a volunteer company which helped keep the state from joining the Confederacy, and then served four years as Missouri's Treasurer. During his final years, Bingham held several offices in Kansas City, while also serving as Missouri's Adjutant General.[2] His paintings of American frontier life along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style.

George Caleb Bingham


A Closer Look: George Caleb Bingham's "Fur Traders Descending the Missouri"

 Recent conservation studies at The Metropolitan Museum of Art provide new insights into George Caleb Bingham's working process and his painting technique. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition "Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River," on view June 17–September 20, 2015.

Sunday, June 21, 2020


   Graphite sketch on 6.375"x 9"drafting paper for an advertisement of a beverage, depicting 
a golfer with his bag and trophy, celebrating his win.


Robert Oliver Skemp was born in Pennsylvania to the artist and prominent rug designer, Olive Hess Skemp (1887–1962). Skemp attended the Art Students League in New York where he practiced under the instruction of Thomas Hart Benton, George Luks, and Harry Ballinger. He continued his artistic education at the Grand Central Art School in New York and with a trip to France and Spain. As a young man, he also joined the merchant marines and travelled by ship to Europe, Asia, India, and South America.

Skemp mainly created colorful advertising images, including pin-up style scenes for Coca Cola and Ford Motor Company and illustrations for magazines such as Colliers, Liberty, and Saturday Evening Post. Leaving behind his commercial work in New York and Chicago to settle in Connecticut, he specialized in portraits of American officials, businessmen, and other wealthy patrons later in his career, including General Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964), New York Congressman Walter Gresham Andrews (1889–1949) (Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives), and art collector William Hayes Ackland (1855–1940) (William Hayes Ackland Estate Colleciton). Skemp was a founding member of the American Society of Marine Arts in 1978 and often painted detailed illustrations of 19th century clipper ships and other maritime scenes.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Charlie Allen


 "These posters don't need too much explanation....pretty typical billboard advertising of the day. On most, a rather tight gouache technique in keeping with 1950's illustration styles. The loose techniques of the 60's hadn't arrived."  .......

Friday, May 22, 2020

Chevalier Fortunino Matania

Capt. Smith Captured by  Indians (1935)


16 April 1881 – 8 February 1963

Chevalier Fortunino Matania was an Italian artist noted for his realistic portrayal of World War I trench warfare and of a wide range of historical subjects.

 picture re-posted from Illustration Magazine

The artist in action

No title. C/U of paintings by the artist Fortunino Matania, they are painted in a classical style with many curvaceous semi-nude women. "A Policeman's lot may not be a happy one, but lots of us must envy the famous Artist with his, apparently, carefree method of life." C/U of the artist - very bohemian in smoking jacket and bow tie. C/U of the artist's model. A woman dressed in skimpy white robe posing with a bow and arrow. Fortunino arranges her robe and hair to his liking. C/U of the woman posing. C/U of Fortunino at his easel. M/S of the model. C/U of artist as he looks towards the model and away again. He smokes a cigarette as he paints. M/S of model. C/U of his sketch of the woman. M/S of the artist smoking and sketching. Camera tilts upwards to show the body of the model.

Saturday, April 4, 2020


Preliminary pencil drawings  on 8.5" x 11" bond paper for a painting 

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The Painting
11"x 14"
acrylic on board

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Richard Henderson Wiley

Preliminary drawing for the following illustration  for White Stag ski togs
 in late 40s or early 50s. His wife, Lois, was the model.

Richard Henderson Wiley


 original posting by Ryan N Linda Wiley at  Today's Inspiration Group


 Photo reference


Sunday, February 16, 2020


Preparatory drawing for the painting: Brownie
 Pencil on bond paper

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 Preparatory drawing for the painting: Brownie
Pencil on bond paper


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8.5" x 11" acrylic painting on board


Kodak Six-20 Brownie Junior Review