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Follow the money

Carol L. DouglasApr 12, 20183 min read
What can we learn from contemporary animation? Waves of Mercy and Grace, Carol L. Douglas. Would I want to wander around a world that looked like my paintings? The global animation industry brought in about $254 billion in 2017, versus about $45 billion for the fine art industry. Unlike many other growth industries, big parts …

Mummy Brown and other figments about pigments

Carol L. DouglasApr 11, 2018
Sometimes gruesome, dangerous, or ridiculous, pigments have a colorful history. The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon, 1881-1888, Edward Burne-Jones, courtesy Museum of Art in Ponce Puerto Rico. This was painted before Burne-Jones had his epiphany about Mummy Brown. Mummy Brown was a rich brown pigment, located somewhere between the umbers and siennas. Manufactured through the 19th …

Portland Museum of Art’s new admissions policy

Carol L. DouglasApr 10, 2018
If you’re 21 or younger, it’s free, whether you’re from Maine or Madrid. Redbud Tree in Bottom Land, Red River Gorge, Kentucky, April 17 1968, 1979, Eliot Porter, dye transfer print, courtesy Portland Museum of Art. All pieces in this post are part of their permanent collection. In my youth, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery offered …

Monday Morning Art School: sketching with Inktense pencils

Carol L. DouglasApr 9, 2018
Inexpensive, portable, and way fun, you can use watercolor pencils anywhere you normally sketch. One advantage of being a lefty is that nobody borrows your scissors. I use Derwent Inktense pencils to draw my sketches in field paintings. On a gessoed board, you can erase with a damp cloth. When you start laying oil paint …

Judging watercolor sketchbooks and paintings

Carol L. DouglasApr 6, 2018
Grey is a beautiful color, but it doesn’t stand out in a crowd. Neither does weak design. Jonathan Submarining is one of my all-time favorite paintings, but it didn’t impress jurors overmuch. I’ve promised several readers I’d get back to them about my sketchbook choice for my Age of Sailworkshop. I’m supplying the materials, so …