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Plein Air Painting in Osoyoos

For my holidays back in July I spent a week in Osoyoos with the family. If you have never been to Osoyoos I highly recommend it as a place to visit; it is a mix of small town charm surrounded by landscape that gives you the feeling of living in the wild west. It is too unique to describe and best discovered in person. Since the rest of the family enjoys sleeping in, I planned on painting in the early mornings when the sun was [...]

2016-10-30T13:21:06-07:00October 30th, 2016|6 Comments

Oil Painting Demo :: One painting with Many Lessons

This is an oil painting demo I recently painted for a group I regularly teach in Langley. The focus of the demo was to how to see and paint the subtleties of colour reflection in the planes of an object depending on which way a plane faces. In other words, if the plane of an object is facing up, the colour of that plane will be influenced by the reflection of colour above it. This is easier to see on a white object, which made [...]

2016-10-29T18:04:24-07:00March 24th, 2014|4 Comments

Thumbnail Sketching

Within my workshops I try to emphasize that photos are one of the reason an artists painting is so bad. Photos darken the darks and lighten the lights, killing any interesting value scheme. In addition, photos over-saturate and under-saturate colour and do not properly show colour temperature. Using photos for reference is great, but don't use photos to paint from. So what does this have to do with thumbnail sketching? Planning. Starting artists think that just painting a photo onto a canvas makes it good. [...]

2022-04-20T08:52:48-07:00July 3rd, 2013|13 Comments
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