Back to School – Four Books That Will Improve Your Painting

Art History, a Heavy Subject

Ed gave us a list of books to use as references in a handout that he gave to us.  I checked Amazon, and found all four of them used.  With shipping, the cost is still unbelievably low, right around $30!

I was excited to get three out of four of them in hardcover (I really love books) but then I tried picking them up.  The photo opposite is the result.  Makes me think I’m back in college!  The four of them together weigh 13 pounds!

Finally, I am studying art history in a way that makes sense to me.  Find what I like, what is similar to what I want to create in style, degree of realism, or whatever, and study how it was painted.  Here is one of my favorite paintings, Scene from Thanatopsis by Asher Brown Durand (1796 – 1886).

Scene from Thanatopsis 39.5 x 61 Inches

Durand was an American romantic landscape painter, and a member of the Hudson River School.  His paintings evoke the emotions of mystery, wildness and grandeur that were a staple of the breathtaking landscapes in the 1800s which were almost completely devoid of people, something rarely seen today.  It is a fabulous painting, and my goal is to paint like this!

This painting is described in “What is Art, an Introduction to Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture” by John Canaday.

I grew up on fantasy artwork; primarily the works of the brothers Hildebrandt and Boris Vallejo.  Hildebrandts’ works exhibit many similarities with painters from the romantic period.
Here’s an example, Old Man Willow by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt:

Many more of their paintings can be viewed here.

The other three books shown above are:

Drawing Lessons From the Great Masters by Robert Beverly Hale

A Treasury of Impressionism by Nathaniel Harris

Techniques of the World’s Great Painters edited by Waldemar Januszczak

I’ll talk about them in a different post.  It’s time for me to get painting!

Megan

I’m a People Person

I never realized it until now.  I love painting people.  I did a self-portrait a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the experience.  You look at your self critically: emotionally, physically, and finally, as a subject for a painting without the baggage.  Painting myself, I finally understood why some artists paint themselves over and over again.  Rembrandt painted between 50 and 60 self-portraits    through out his life.

It wasn’t until I did my hula dancer last month that I remembered how much I enjoy painting people, so, I decided to do a series of hula dancers.  I figure that once I finish 6 of these paintings, I’ll be able to paint anything!

Here’s number 2 in the series:

A Slight Change in Direction

I began painting with Oils.  I had an opportunity to take a class with Ed Kayton.  I planned to use Golden’s Open Acrylics with the class, and then water-based oils (which smelled horrible) and Ed sat me down with his paints and said, “do it!”  What a revolution.

Oils are fantastic!  Since that class, I haven’t touched my acrylics!  Here’s the result of those two days I spent in a workshop with him.

Featured Artist for September

Aloha,
I was chosen to be the featured artist for September at the KVA Gallery. Here are some pictures from the gallery, and, a link to the newspaper article. I have twice as many paintings as usual in this exhibit.

Painting at Punalu’u Bakery

The holiday weekend is coming up and I plan on spending it at the Punalu’u Bakery painting. Here is a picture from when I first started there a couple of months ago.

My set-up has changed considerably since I started painting here. I will take a picture of what I do now for comparison! Please check out the link to the bakery. This is a lovely place. Good food, good treats, great gift shop, and a fabulous botanical garden as well. I am so lucky! One of my customers sent the second picture to me today and I had to add it to the post. Thank you so much Peter!