FINE ARTS – DRAWING: “Nigerian Boy Stuns Art World” / DW News ☮

A 12-year-old Nigerian boy has wowed Lagos’ art world with his talent. Waris Kareem had been drawing since he was three, but it was one particular portrait that changed his life. As DW’s Flourish Chukwurah reports, he now has big plans for the future.

VISUAL ART – FILM: “The Flying Train (1902)” / MoMA / FILM VAULT SUMMER CAMP ☮

“The Flying Train” depicts a ride on a suspended railway in Germany in 1902. The footage is almost as impressive as the feat of engineering it captures. For many years our curators believed our Mutoscope rolls were slightly shrunken 70mm film, but they were actually shot on Biograph’s proprietary 68mm stock. Formats like Biograph’s 68mm and Fox’s 70mm Grandeur are of particular interest to researchers visiting the Film Study Center because the large image area affords stunning visual clarity and quality, especially compared to the more standard 35mm or 16mm stocks.

FINE ARTS – DRAWING: “Artist, Avalon Hester, Creates Time-Lapse of Drawing George Floyd” / NowThis News ☮

In US news and current events today, this time-lapse of an artist drawing George Floyd lasts 8 minutes and 30 seconds — roughly the same amount of time Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.

Art by @avalon.hester

After the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless other Black people in America, the resulting George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, police racism, and police violence have put systemic racism in the spotlight as BLM protesters take to the streets in support of police reform, racial justice and civil rights. 8 minutes and 46 seconds has become a rallying cry of sorts for George Floyd protests, the amount of time the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck until he died. 8 46 is an agonizingly long time, which is why artist Avalon Hester created this time-lapse George Floyd drawing to last as long, a statement that is itself a suitable George Floyd tribute and George Floyd art.

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FINE ARTS – PLEIN-AIR PAINTING: “Paint Facing the Light in Gouache and Watercolor” / James Gurney ☮

I paint two urban sketches in water media, capturing the effect of bright light and hazy atmosphere. The plein-air techniques that I demonstrate use watercolor, gouache, and pastel over a casein underpainting to achieve the feeling of a bright sky. Also I answer a few of your questions and discuss whether it ‘breaks the rules’ to combine gouache, watercolor and other mixed media, and how to use photography for inspiration for urban sketching.

FINE ARTS – DRAWING: “Ode to Blackwing: A Visual History” ☮

This visual history of the famous Blackwing pencil is based on a poem by Charles Berolzheimer titled “Ode to Blackwing.” It was hand drawn with Blackwing pencils, and tells the story of the $40 pencil, the pencil used by John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheim and more. http://pencils.com

VISUAL ART – PAINTING: “Frida Kahlo: The Art and the Artist” / CBS Sunday Morning ☮

There is so much more to Frida Kahlo than meets the eye, as viewed in a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that blurs the line between artist and art. Faith Salie explores the career of an unapologetic woman who carefully crafted a portrait of her life while living through polio, and her husband Diego Rivera’s infidelity, to become one of the most famous names in art history.