Fine Art

The MET and the Rijksmuseum

There has been a lot of excitement in the past few days with the release of thousands of images from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The captures of their paintings are very high quality, and let you see works in incredible detail.  

Many museums have started to do this, even adding a download button to make it simple for you to collect the images for study on your local storage.  Be sure to check out the website of your favorite museum and see what they have availavle.  Enjoy a few images from each below.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Rijksmuseum

Images from the MET


Charles Bargue - A Bashi-Bazouk

Elisabeth Vigée le Brun - Comtesse de la Chatre

Rembrandt - Herman Doomer

Jules-Joseph Lefebvre - Graziella

Images from the Rijksmuseum


Vermeer - the Milk Maid

Willem de Famars Testas - Patio de una Casa Cairota

Howard Lyon Fine Art announces two new additions!

Howard and I have been working around the clock lately it seems! Howard finished a new image that is now ready to release and we hope you all just love it! It's a new image of Christ as the shepherd and it's titled, "Feed My Sheep".  This is image is now available in our NEW store! 

That brings me to our next fun announcement! We have totally updated our website and store! It's now easier to find the information you're looking for! It's easier to shop and find the perfect print for your home, office or church walls! You can now just use your credit card to check out without using Paypal. You can see all the size and material options in one place. And you can share, pin, tweet, and gram everything on our site to your accounts (and we appreciate it when you do!)! We even included a place with each product to share your thoughts or write a review on that product! Some products even have a video discussing the image with it. (we hope to add more in the future!)

So, check out the new image here! We'd love to hear your thoughts on it, please feel free to leave a comment directly on the image page! Share it too if you don't mind, to your favorite accounts!

Then take a look at the new website! We have combined Howard's two worlds and now include his illustration work (fantasy and sci/fi) with his religious and fine art work on the same site. 

Join us on Facebook too here, we will be hosting some pretty great free print contests soon. So LIKE our page and be sure to hover over the "like" button to choose to get notifications so you don't miss any new announcements and discount codes! 

Maurice Sendak passed away today...

My earliest memories of art come from the "Pierre: A Cautionary Tale" story by Maurice Sendak.  After that, his wonderful book, "Where the Wild Things Are".  I recall, even has a child, the texture and lines of his pen.  I was thrilled and terrified to see Pierre stick his head into the mouth of a lion.  I remember feeling anxiety at Pierre's "I don't care" response to his parents and the lion, but also being excited at the same time.  Did he really not care!?  How could that be?  I also remember being terrified of the Wild Things, but being jealous of Max at the same time. I almost named my youngest son Max, after Sendak's Max.  It would have suited him too.  His mind is often tearing through the wild on his own adventures on some "wild rumpus".  You can see it in his eyes!

The very first art book that my parents bought for me was "The Art of Maurice Sendak".  If there is a spark that lit my imagination on fire and then fanned the flame, it was his masterwork, "Where the Wild Things Are."  Mr. Sendak tapped into a deep and common desire of all kids to have adventure.  To swing in the trees and be a wild thing.  As an adult, I still feel that call when I read his books and I live much of that out through my drawings.

Here is a sketch I started, but never finished.  It is a detail of a larger drawing.  Maybe I will finish it now that Sendak's work is done.

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Thank you Maurice for scaring me, inspiring me and leaving the door open to the cage of my wild things.

"Let the wild rumpus begin!"