Monday, February 26, 2018

Unsplash - photos for reuse

Do you need some images for a project? Unsplash is a community of photographers who share their work and allow it to be reused.

According to their website the Unsplash license states

"All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible.
More precisely, Unsplash grants you an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use photos from Unsplash for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash."

Of course it is appreciated if you give credit to the photographer.  The website has features allowing you to browse categories or search by collection.   It would be a good resource for a graphic design project. Categories include business, nature, technology, food, and more. When you select a photo it will also show you similar or related photos. It also displays different ways to search or expand your search.

Here is an example of a search for cake 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

College Art Association Podcasts

CAA provides a series of podcasts discussing professional-development topics for artists.  Topics include Administration, budgeting, fundraising, mentorship, travel, job seeking, grant writing, and marketing. A list with their description is available on the CAA website here  The podcasts were developed for use by artists, art historians, curators, and nonprofit art professionals and are very informative.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Art Story

The Art Story is a website and an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Michael Zurakhinsky who hopes it will demystify Modern Art and further art appreciation.

The website has information on:

322 Artists
79 Movements
68 Ideas
6 Timelines

Artists can be looked up a variety of ways including name, movement and country. The artist pages are full of bibliographic information, important artworks, and influences and artistic connections making this site a great resource for artist research.

The timelines of modern art graphically and logically illustrate the progression of modern art.

The ideas section of the site defines vocabulary words and concepts prevalent in the study of modern art

Be sure to check out this resource when you are looking for information about modern art and artists!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Cyberlaw Guide to Protest Art

Harvard University’s Cyberlaw Clinic and metaLAB have created a free guide for making protest art while navigating intellectual property law.

Protest art which can consists of posters, songs, poems, installations etc... has been around for a very long time but social media has changed the way it is spread and shared.  Protest art can spread rapidly and be shared via the internet. On one hand this is great but on the other hand it can leave artists vulnerable, uncompensated for their work, the work can be stolen and advertised as someone else's or misrepresented.  This is why lawyers and creative minded folks have put together this guide which is available online here and free to access and use.

Hyperallergenic also writes about this very important guide in an article filled with lovely illustrations by Jessica Yurkofsky.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Watercolor Painting 1 & 2

Looking for a Spring Semester class? Freelance artist and 17 year Palomar teacher Ken Joudrey is offering Watercolor Painting 1 and 2 next semester

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ArtCenter visits Palomar College on Oct. 17th

Next Tuesday Oct. 17th the ArtCenter of Pasadena will be visiting the Art Department of Palomar College to talk about their exciting degree programs.  ArtCenter offers 13 different Bachelor's Degrees including degrees in advertising, animation, and fine art.  Representatives will be at the Art Dept to answer questions about their programs and the admissions process.  Checkout more about the ArtCenter on their website:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know!

The article 9 Italian Art Terms You Should Know written by Sarah Gottesman is a great study tool for those interested in Art History. The 9 terms on the right are defined and explained with examples of artworks that feature them.









Non Finito


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Polaroids are back!

Today marks the 80th anniversary of iconic analog instant photography brand Polaroid—and with it comes a some big news. Thanks to an acquisition by the largest shareholder in Impossible Project, Polaroid analog photography is back.

According to Josh Rubin from Cool Hunting the new camera is known as the Polaroid OneStep 2, it shares a name with the original Polaroid OneStep—released 40 years ago. They also share the same point-and-shoot functionality—something that made the original fundamental in the world embracing instant film. This new generation, however, has USB charging, a self-timer, a built in flash and more. Read Josh's full article here:

Nothing is Impossible!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Savvy Painter Podcast

The Savvy painter podcast will teach you the tricks of the trade from experienced artists and professionals. The host Antrese Wood is also an artists and her interviews talk about the style, techniques, and emotion that go into creating artwork,
In addition, you can enjoy episodes on how to organize and plan your gallery show, get licensing advice, and learn how to build relationships with collectors. These podcasts are a nice mix of personal stories from a diverse group of artists and tactical advice on the business of art. There are different catagories to choose from like artists, marketing, and galleries.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

For those interested in Art History NPR recently released a story about how many of the images we associate with the plague actually depict leprosy or smallpox. In fact, there are very few images of the Black Death from the time of the scourge.  To see more of the images and an explanation check out the story here

A. Dagli Orti/Getty Images

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Print detailed topographical maps

National Geographic Launched a Free Website for Printing Detailed Topographical Maps!They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. if you’re a landscape or nature photographer in the United States who likes to rough it, it makes finding and printing these incredibly detailed USGS maps a breeze.  Print detailed topographic maps here. You need to sign up with an email address to get started.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Getty Museum on Pinterest

The Getty Museum has a Pinterest page. It can be found here It has over 50 boards and more than 5000 pins.  It  has a collection of Instagram photos (called the insta-getty board)  taken while at the Getty and the boards make it easy to search for your favorite things! Some the boards feature artistic styles or movements while others highlight fashion, wardrobe, featured body parts in art-like eyes or heads, cupids, manuscripts and winged-creatures.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

TinEye - the reverse image search engine

TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It finds out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version. While most of the time people are looking for images on the internet sometimes we have an image and need to see where it came from or if there are othher versions available.  This is where TinEye comes in.

The goal with TinEye is to connect images and information and to make sure that images can be attributed to their creator.

Using TinEye, you can search by image or perform what we call a reverse image search. You can do that by uploading an image, or searching by URL. You can also simply drag and drop your images to start your search.
TinEye constantly crawls the web and adds images to its index. Today, the TinEye index is over 18 billion images.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

375,000 public domain images now available

The Met and ArtStor have announced the Met is sharing open content for 375,000 images of public domain works in the ArtStor database.

Users can choose a theme or a subject in art history and gather a sampling across cultures. In portraiture, a line can be drawn from antiquity through today, and illustrated with highlights
Other advantages to the digital collection include thousands of fragile drawings and manuscripts that have been restricted or unavailable are now exposed to scholars and students. In addition, detail and alternate views present objects in their entirety, including surfaces and features that are hidden in a conventional exhibition context. The images can be viewed when you are logged in to ArtStor.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download

If you need some vintage visual inspiration – or a real antique elements for an illustration, design or motion project – check out the British Library's collection of over a million copyright-free images that essentially you can do whatever you like with. The centuries-old copyright-free images range from book illustrations to photos, and cover everything from flowers to cycling and children's books to maps.