Source: TrumpArt


Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots.

The difference between Pointillism and Stipple

It’s a common mistake made by many artists to confuse these two terms. Both techniques use dots to create an image and the confusion between the two is quite understandable.

If you are creating an ink drawing using a single color ink for the entire drawing, you are using Stipple. It doesnt matter what color it is… it’s most likely black, but it could be blue, brown, red, etc… as long as the entire drawing uses only one color. The idea behind stipple is to use dots to create shades and tones, contrast etc.

Pointillism is when dots of multiple colors are used. Instead of blending colors together as you might in an oil painting, dots of different colors are overlapped to create specific colors.

Below “The Papal Palace, Avignon”, 1900 by Paul Signac (1862–1935), anarchist and revolutionary who together with Georges Seurat were the architects of Pointillism and Divisionism in france at the end of the 19th century.

“A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, 1884 by Georges Seurat (1859–1891)


Étienne Delaune – Africca, from series titled “The Four Parts Of The World” engraving, 1575

Giulio Campagnola, engraving with stippling, 1509.

“The astrologer; a bearded man measuring a clestial globe next to a monster”

Source: Stippling

RIP Ousmane Sow


Ousmane Sow, a luminary figure of African contemporary art, died last month (December 2016) in Dakar. He was 81.

Born in the Senegalese capital of Dakar in 1935, Sow was one of Francophone Africa’s most prominent artists. He was known for sculpting his imposing creations without the use of a model.

He spent most of his adult life between Dakar and Paris, where he first moved when he was 22.

In 1960, following Senegal’s independence from France, Sow returned to Dakar where he held his first exhibition.

But it was to be decades before he would gain recognition in his adopted country.

Sow finally captured the attention of Europe in 1999, when his giant sculptures of wrestlers were exhibited on the famed Pont des Arts bridge near the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The burly giants were sculpted from the artist’s trademark mixture of clay, rubber, straw, and coated in an all-weather coating.

In 2013, Sow became the first African artist admitted to France’s prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts (French Academy of Fine Arts).



Website in english: Ousmane Sow

Source: RIP Ousmane Sow

“Once upon a time … tomorrow” by Chris Morin Edit


French photograph Chris Morin-Eitner in his words in english, french and german:

“Fruit of the Franco-German reconciliation, conceived at the height of Flower Power during the summer of love, born just before the beautiful month of May 68, i am a child of peace, love and rock n’roll.”

“Fruit de la réconciliation Franco-Allemande, conçu dans un champs de Flower Power pendant le summer of love, né juste avant le joli mois de Mai 68, je suis un enfant de la paix, un enfant du rock.”

“Ich bin ein Zweig der deutsch-französichen Versöhnung, gepflanzts ins Feld der Flower Power, im summer of love 67, ersprossen just vor dem schönen Monat Mai 68, ein kinddes Friedens, un enfant du rock.”

Paris and New York in a new perspective:


The White House – Washington

London Tower Bridge and Big Ben

Moscow Red Square

Sidney Opera House


Source: Once-upon-a-time-tomorrow-by-Chris-Morin

Masskara Festival: Philippines’ Festival of Smiles


On the weekend nearest to 19 October each year, the city of Bacolod in Philippines goes joyfully crazy with the MassKara Festival, in which 450,000-plus residents take to the streets wearing masks with radiant smiles and dancing in the streets.

MassKara’s name is a fusion of the English word for ‘many people’ and cara, the Spanish word for face.

The beaming masks on show resemble everything under the Filipino sun: sea creatures, starfish, peacocks, exotic flowers, vegetable men. Everywhere, plumes and fins explode out of swaying temples. Groups from schools to civic associations assemble in moulded clay or papier-mâché masks and glittering jump-suits.

The festival first began in 1980 during a period of crisis. The province relied on sugar cane as its primary agricultural crop, and the price of sugar was at an all-time low due to the introduction of sugar substitutes like high fructose (corn syrup) in the United States. This was the first Masskara Festival and a time of tragedy; on April 22 of that year, an inter-island vessel carrying many Negrenses, including those belonging to prominent families in Bacolod City, collided with a tanker and sank. An estimated 700 lives were lost in the tragedy.

In the midst of these tragic events, the city’s artists, local government and civic groups decided to hold a festival of smiles, because the city at that time was also known as the City of Smiles. They reasoned that a festival was also a good opportunity to pull the residents out of the pervasive gloomy atmosphere. The initial festival was therefore, a declaration by the people of the city that no matter how tough and bad the times were, Bacolod City is going to pull through, survive, and in the end, triumph.



Tim Laman, Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Because photography is also Art.

Now in its fifty-second instalment, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. The competition is owned by the world-renowned and trusted British institution, the Natural History Museum.

American biologist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker Tim Laman was named winner of the prestigious annual competition for his image Entwined Lives, showing a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in the Indonesian rainforest.

His cameras are his tools for telling the stories of rare and endangered wildlife, and revealing some of earth’s wildest places. His aims are to explore and document poorly known species, and promote awareness and conservation. Tim spends many months a year on expeditions to study and photograph the biodiversity of earth’s richest realms working with the National Geographic Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology.




Wildlife Photojournalist Tim Laman

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Tim Laman Wildlife Photographer of the Year