Author: Oliver Huntington

Are There Hidden Secrets in the Works of the Old Masters?

The Hidden Messages in Masterpieces I often wonder what it would be like to learn from the Old Masters  —  or at the very least, be a fly on the wall while they painted their masterpieces. So when I stumbled upon an article from Reader’s Digest about hidden messages in famous paintings, I immediately stopped what I was doing and got my read on. Below are a few of my favorite “secrets” pulled from the fun-filled roundup. Enjoy! Mona Lisa’s Smile? What About Her Eyes — Right Eye That Is! The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci The most...

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Are You Mixing Your Colors Right?

Selecting and Mixing Color An eloquent and unexpected use of color is often what divides beginning painters like me from the greats. But we can build on several basic rules of thumb to propel ourselves and our paintings onto higher, more sophisticated ground, artistically speaking. With practice and attention, one of the most challenging aspects of painting — selecting and mixing colors — can become a rewarding one, too. Here’s how. Dans la crainte by Edwin Austin Abbey. *Post is adapted from an article by Stephen Doherty. 1. Start painting with just one or two colors When you start off...

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Intaglio Printmaking Made Simple | Here Are The 5 Key Processes

Often, when viewing an exhibition of prints, we’ll look at the labels and discover the names of printing media we don’t fully understand. What’s the difference between a drypoint and an aquatint? Between a monotype and a monoprint? Between a lithograph and a linocut?   Venice by Stephen Parrish, ca. 1885, etching   For starters, there are four traditional printmaking categories: relief (which includes such processes as woodcut and linocut), planography (lithography), serigraphy (silkscreen) and, finally, intaglio. Below, artist Richard Pantell walks us through the last of these categories, intaglio, and its five principle processes. Enjoy! Intaglio Explained Originating in...

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Getty Images Promotes Body Positivity with New Photoshop Ban

In anticipation of a new French law that requires photographers to disclose if a model’s weight has been altered in post-production, Getty Images has decided to updates its submission terms for its service and iStock. The law will be enforced from October 7, 2017, and Getty recently sent an email to its contributors informing them of the changes. The updated terms stipulate that any creative stills “depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger,” will breach their submission requirements. It’s an interesting step forward for Getty, as the ban appears to effect...

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Putting on a coat as performance art?

Share this page via: I saw this image (detail, below left) from a magazine ad for the Akris fashion house. As you can see, the woman is wearing a coat featuring an image of a guy putting on a coat … seeing this, I couldn’t help but wonder, what is this all about? Of course there’s no simple answer, so see if you can follow me here. Albert Kriemler is the creative director of Akris, and he saw an exhibition by Vancouver artist Rodney Graham at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Zurich. This six-panel piece by Graham (below,...

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