Rembrandt’s Secret Revealed and Proven

Texture-Gaze Hypothesis

This research shows human beings prefer to look at painted portraits more than photographs.  Today’s portrait artists should always be supported and encouraged.  Our own Phil Boatwright brought this article to our attention.  He said that Rembrandt’s technique had baffled him since childhood.  Now explained in technical detail for all to savor… Boatwright is content.  There may be some similarities in Rembrandt’s and Boatwright’s work!  Contact us for his portfolio of commissioned portraits.

This research done by iVizLab, which concentrates on expression based intelligent visuals and visualization lab research. The iVizLab is directed by Assoc. Professor Steve DiPaola and is located in the School of Interactive Art and Technology and the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University. (Canada)  Steve DiPaola lead these experiments and recorded results in conjunction with James Enns and Caitlin Riebe.  Below are their findings.


Using new visual computer modelling techniques, iVizLab shows that artists use vision based techniques (lost and found edges, center of focus techniques) to guide the eye path of the viewer through their paintings in significant ways. These methods are known but have rarely been proven; even so, they typically are considered modern painting techniques. We have research that hypothesizes that Rembrandt, reacting to his Italian contemporaries, may have been the first to fully develop these specific painterly techniques, ones that are typically not associated with the early modern period – that engage the viewer and direct their gaze. Did artists like Rembrandt intuit a certain understanding of vision science (central visioning) that scientists only fully understood centuries later? New data from scientific eye tracking studies appear to show how Rembrandt’s late portraits exhibit strong use of vision based techniques. Continue reading

Gordon Wetmore – Portrait Pioneer

Gordon Wetmore was many great and wonderful things to many people.  Gordon Wetmore, along with his name, still represents great and wonderful things despite his untimely death August of 2011.  He always will be the ultimate father and husband to his family.  Without question,  he will always be that fun-loving guy to his friends, past students and acquaintances.  He will always be respected by his contemporaries, his colleagues and his business associates.   Gordon will always be a part of our business.  He’ll be truly missed by everyone.

When one meets Gordon Wetmore,  its not forgotten or taken for granted. Charming and well-spoken, Gordon could glide through the most difficult of portrait sittings.  Armed with his sensitive,  gentle nature and easy to laugh personality, clients LOVED him no matter what was going on.  Continue reading

Artsplosure 2011

Artsplosure – Is right around the corner! This Raleigh Arts Festival is celebrating 32 years of inspiration, art and culture in the Raleigh area.  It all starts Thursday, May 19, and lasts until Sunday, May 22, 2011.  It will be held in the historic Moore Square downtown Raleigh and in the City Market.  There will be truly something interesting for everyone!

The festival this year includes many activities within each of these categories, The Art Market (filled with every kind of artwork you can imagine), Music in the Park (Sat & Sun only), Kidsplosure (association with Marbles Kids Museum) and finally the amazing Amacoco in City Park.

Amococo is a large scale, inflatable sculpture constructed of translucent vinyl and made up of labyrinthine tunnels and inspiring spacious domes. Continue reading

Pollard pastel

Feed Your Kids Art for Breakfast

The Other Vitamin A

The arts are enriched with the stuff kids need to succeed. Just like kids need to have good nutrition on a daily basis, kids need to have their daily serving of the arts. Studies have shown that involvement in the arts helps kids increase test scores and promotes academic achievement. Kids who are involved in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

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Marketing Art Online

The internet is a wonderful world technology that is always changing and improving. This world has opened up to artists. However, with this opening comes many challenges as well.

How do artists AND galleries distinguish themselves among all that’s available online? For this, bricks-and-mortar galleries will remain an important and relevant part of the marketing mix for artists.  They help collectors, buyers, agents and people looking to commission a portrait with the sifting process. In addition, galleries provide an experience for patrons. Continue reading