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Posted by John Grant IV on August 19, 2011 at 4:35 PM

My friend E.H. just gave me the latest issue of "Old News."  I love that periodical.  I highly recommend it - moreso than any other.  It is a small, homespun newspaper which puts old historical stories in the form of a newspaper.  It makes a great (very light) read!

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In the current issue of "Old News," there is a fascinating article about Grandma Moses.  What an inspiration to keep generating art, no matter what age you are!

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Also, I went to Barnes and Noble today (gosh - I thought they were out of business - but no - they're not), and bought a magazine called "American Artist Drawing."  In contrast to "Old News," "American Artist Drawing" is OK, not great.  There is an article in there called "Strategies for drawing portraits and figures."  And just from a quick scan of the tips, I believe they are basic, and really not that helpful (but one of the artist's work is very amazing!).  They list a lot of rules about proportions, etc. of the face.  I never think in these terms -- I just try to draw the dark and white blotches that I see from the source image.  I guess, 'to each his/her own,' right?...

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There is one drawing in particular in "American Artist Drawing" which is outstanding by Leon-Augustin Lhermitte (1844 – 1925) (a French realist painter and etcher) called "Lunch at the Cerverie Farm" (1895).  It is my favorite drawing ever....  Is that fair to say?  It looks a lot better in the magazine "American Artist Drawing" than it does online in the site I linked.

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