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“Summer Apple” by David Jamieson

By David Jamieson | 1 Comment
"Summer Apple" 6x6", oil on panel.

I was happy to finish up a painting I began months ago before getting sidetracked. The apple tree in our back yard bears fruit every other year, and last summer we were over-run with beautiful little Jonathan apples. This one seemed particularly pretty, and I thought it would be good to paint. After getting a […]

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What you need to know about oil painting medium, Part I

By Melinda Whitmore | 7 Comments
Oil Painting Medium ingredients

We get a lot of students asking us about oils… and what are the differences between all those golden bottles that are neatly lined up on the shelves of the art supply stores. I was given only a finite amount of information by my professors who usually had us use what they used for their […]

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“Did you guys change the website again?”

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

Yes! Good eye! We’ve been incorporating some new software into our site, and we ran into some compatibility issues with the previous build that required some changes under the hood. While we were at it, we made a few alterations to the layout and improved cross-browser accessibility (This should resolve some issues for you Windows […]

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Drawing Tutorials: Comparative Measurement, Part III

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments

In the last couple of drawing tutorials I described how Comparisons of Size can help us work out the proportions of the figure – the size of each part relative to the whole. Equally important, however, is positioning – the alignment of any given part of the figure relative to the rest. It’s important to get […]

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Frank Armitage Lecture Follow-Up

By Melinda Whitmore | 1 Comment

I was honored to participate in the Frank Armitage Lecture Series this year at University of Illinois, Chicago. The series is hosted by the Biomedical Visualization Department – what used to be called “Medical Illustration” – and is intended to highlight notable current practices in the field. My lecture, titled “Visualizing Anatomy through Écorché”, focused on […]

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Drawing Tutorials: Comparative Measurement, Part II

By David Jamieson | 4 Comments

Comparisons of Size Next in our series of drawing tutorials is a discussion of size. Getting proportion right is really all about size relationships and the important question is this: How large is any given part of the figure relative to the rest? Let’s take the size of the head as an example. Conventionally, on […]

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Drawing Tutorials: Comparative Measurement, Part I

By David Jamieson | 7 Comments

In this and the next two drawing tutorials I plan to discuss measurement and its applications in drawing. One of the best drawing teachers I ever had was the late Deane G. Keller. He was passionate about drawing – a true romantic – but also had an analytical mind. He argued that drawing is a […]

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Frank Armitage Lecture Series at UIC

By Melinda Whitmore | 1 Comment

I’m pleased to be a part of this year’s Frank Armitage Lecture hosted by the Biomedical Visualization Department at University of Illinois, Chicago. The lecture series began in 2006, and to quote UIC’s website, “brings together experts from various disciplines in order to explore new opportunities for science visualization in the 21st Century.” Relevant to artistic […]

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New Website, New Possibilities!

By David Jamieson | 0 Comments
Website For The Vitruvian Fine Art Studio.

Welcome to our new website! This has been in the works for a few weeks now, and we’re thrilled to have it launched and operational. The new site provides a flexible platform for several features that we’ve been wanting to offer for some time, including an online enrollment and payment system that makes signing-up for […]

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Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial –– UPDATE!

By David Jamieson | 2 Comments
Painting Classes Chicago | Vitruvian Fine Art Studio

I was pleased to hear over the weekend that my still life painting “Nested” has been awarded 3rd place in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial exhibition. It’s an honor to receive an award in a museum show of such high quality, featuring nearly 100 works by artists from all around […]

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