These ‘short take’ posts will address common factors within an art career. You’ll recognize these...Read More
Author: Gregory Manchess
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Everyone at one point or another has been worried about getting a good idea. No creative person is immune to the work of generating ideas. No one. We all share a common misconception: that ideas pop into mind fully formed by themselves, fresh, new, and creative. It feels like it should be that way. We constantly hear about how this artist or that writer sat down and let it happen on the page. After all,…Read More
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
One year’s example of core faculty and attending guests, from left: Irene Gallo, Iain...Read More
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
The Above the Timberline exhibition is now open at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge,...Read More
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Frank Tenney Johnson was a fan of doing nocturnes, or night paintings. The conditions to capture a subject absorbed in moonlight depend on your ability to recognize subtle value and color. Specifically value. Study the light in this Johnson painting. Besides the dense, solid black shadows under the horse and foliage, notice how subtle the mountain sits in the background while the cowboy’s shirt floats in the foreground plane of the piece, even though they’re…Read More
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
In discussion after discussion about what talent is or isn’t, most people get frustrated by the lack of evidence to explain it, that no one has found the signature DNA combination that points directly to a biological giftedness for specific skills. Most people throw up their hands and argue that a person just can’t be a great artist unless they have some sort of abnormal ambition, a driving force, at least that certain something.…Read More
Posted by Gregory Manchess | Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
We just wrapped up teaching at the eleventh Illustration Master Class. As always, the IMC provided so much energy and inspiration that I’ve returned to my studio with many ideas, many stories, and lots of technical information. This year’s guests included James Gurney, Kent Williams, Tara McPherson, Greg Ruth, Senior Art Director Jeremy Jarvis, Creative Director Lauren Panepinto, Art Dealer Lance Rehs, and Marc Scheff of Every Day Original. IMC is the kind of teaching…Read More
- on Inspiration: William Trost Richards Loving these images! Working in watercolors is so hard for me, beautiful paintings to have for lanscape reference. Thanks for sharing!
- on Inspiration: William Trost Richards Thanks!
- on Inspiration: William Trost Richards Yeah, he's incredible! Enjoy!
- on Inspiration: William Trost Richards Amazing artist, I didn't know him. The first watercolor/gouache of the set you shared is stunning. I am looking forward to research and learn more abo…
- on Ashes of the Sun- Putting the pieces together […] This cover design is by Scott Fischer and you can actually read a blog post about the creation of it! […]