FINE ATRS – PLEIN-AIR PAINTING: “Painting Accurate Detail” / James Gurney ☮

Want to make your urban sketches more accurate? James Gurney shares a few tips for plein-air painting as he renders an upstate New York streetscape in gouache. During the preliminary pencil drawing stage he establishes a unit of measurement and uses it to place other elements. By spending time on the center of interest and building outward, he gets an “anchor of reality” as he explores other parts of the scene.

FINE ARTS – PAINTING: “Vilhelm Hammershøi: The Mystery of Hammershoi” / BBC Documentary / Michael Palin ☮

With a passion for art that is rivalled only by travel, Michael Palin combines both in a European journey to discover more about Vilhelm Hammershöj, an enigmatic Danish artist that has fascinated him for years. Curious to see more of Hammershoi’s paintings and discover what kind of life the artist lived, Michael searches for clues in London, Holland and Copenhagen.

FINE ARTS – AMERICAN REALISM PAINTING: “Edward Hopper” / The School of Life / Hannah Roxburgh PhD ☮

Edward Hopper spent his life painting alienated scenes that aren’t depressing in the least to look at. They make us feel less alone. He used art therapeutically: to reconcile us to the isolation inside every one of us.