Paintings for Ants

miniature paintings

I love these works by the South African artist Lorraine Loots. She started out back in 2013 doing a painting a day for a whole year which became the 365 Paintings for Ants project. Her miniature a day challenge was a success and she has continued the practice each year since. In 2014 she produced the 365 Postcards for Ants series where she explored her home city of Cape Town each day. Lovers of her work can bid on the original miniature painting or a very limited edition print of each piece is also sold.Continue Reading

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens Up with 400,000 Images Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art digital images

This is such a great way to lose an hour or two online! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has grown its image archive online by 400,000. The museum is allowing free access to the images and free non-commercial use. They’ll be Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) which means they’re freely available to use for scholarly and academic publication. My only question is what took you so long? It’s 2014!Continue Reading

Cityscape Paintings

newcastle cityscape painting

I have a love/hate relationship with cities but I have always loved cityscape paintings. Cities are like giant still life pictures with ants crawling all over them. Ants in cars, ants in buildings, ants on phones, ants crossing the street.. they’re everywhere. They’re usually as ugly as they are beautiful. Anyway, enough rambling, here’s some cityscape paintings by artists from around the world..Continue Reading

American Artists Online

On my (cyber) world tour of artists by country, I’ve found that the most represented bunch of artists online are definitely Americans. I struggle finding artists from countries like China, India, or even Germany online, but everywhere I look I find websites by American artists. It could be the language barrier, but I’m sure marketing has something to do with it too.
Anyway, here’s some cool American painters..Continue Reading

Canadian Artists Online

Continuing on from the Australian artists, here’s some great Canadian artists with an online presence. Share your website in the comments below if you’re a Canadian artist.Continue Reading

Australian Artists Online

The internet is great for making the world much smaller than it actually is. An artist living in a backward little country town with no art gallery can get his/her work in front of the biggest art dealers in the biggest art capitals of the world.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I plan to post small lists of artists by country that I come across online. I’m starting with Australian artists because I’m biased.. and Australian ;-)
Some are more famous than others, but they’re all interesting artists..Continue Reading

Lucian Freud +Kate Moss

Earlier I posted about Lucian Freud’s Kate Moss painting, and the image used (shown on the left) probably wasn’t very flattering, or maybe people just genuinely don’t like Freud. I was just under the impression that everyone loved Freud, and that there was nothing to criticize about the man’s work.
But some of the comments were a bit harsh, so I’ve gone for a browse around the web to see if I can find some images that might do the work a little more justice (and perhaps show that Lucian Freud isn’t a “hack”). Or at least show that the Internet is not the place to be an art critic.Continue Reading