Art and Landscape Symposium

http://artlandsymposium2017.org/
Art and Landscape Symposium: The Role of the Visual Artist in the American Conservation Movement At Colby College August 3,4 Optional side trips to Millinocket, Monhegan and Acadia. See you there?

Eagle Lake, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches

34 degrees Fahrenheit

11-7-16

34 degrees Fahrenheit and breezy on Otter Point, Acadia;
Long underwear, flannel-lined jeans, regular tee, heavy weight thermal shirt, polar fleece shirt, windblock hoodie, wool hunting coat… and a cup of black coffee.

Tonal study, paper bag demo, oil on paper

Paper bag study, oil on paper

Paper bag study, oil on paper

Fundamentals of Painting, Problem I

A new session of my painting class is under way.

At first glance this looks like the old fave, tonal wash paper bag study problem and in fact it is although with a very interesting refinement.
Start with a medium value all over your page. Use a 2″ brush. Get it even. Then without any measuring, sketching, mapping, outlining or drawing of any sort, start modelling the form as directly as you can manage. It’s like working with clay, just push and pull the forms into a rough structure then work to refine the light, push and pull the space.
Drop-ins welcome on Tuesday nights. Let’s paint.

 

Painting Demo, 12/10/2015

 

The Rule of Three:

OK, Generally we are dividing the picture plane up into three cases:

 

Case 1: Direct Light

Case 2: Turning surface

Case 3: Shadow

This is only a rough way of translating the light as it falls on your study set-up but it’s a great way to explore the expressive potential of painting within simplifying restrictions:1 2 3 4