Learning Through Reading
** Whoops – I apologize for the duplicate post of this topic last week!! This is a much better write up – hope you too will enjoy!**
I have been reading this great painting book:
“Fill your Oil Paintings with Light and Color“ by Kevin Macpherson. I really want to paint more outdoors and more of the Colorado Landscape! (I have been taking notes on this, too. I’ve been organizing them a little differently than I usually do. I’ll talk more about that some other time.)
This book is nicely written with lots of great color illustrations. Macpherson introduces the book with some of his artistic history – most of us think that’s super fun to read about. He’s one of the founders of the Plein Air Painters of America!
Then, he goes into depth about materials and what to take when your going to paint outdoors – Plein Air. Lots of good suggestions – I wouldn’t have thought of Baby Wipes until I was knee deep in a mess – “wish I had some baby wipes!”
And, he includes some good exercises – so you’ll want to make sure and take advantage of these!
I am in the middle of the book and starting to read about Simplifying Shapes in a Painting. He’s already covered “Seeing Color Accurately”, “Mixing Paint Colors” and “The Light and Shadow Family” – understanding light and shade. From here he will talk about Still Life Painting and Indoor work, then we move to Outdoor Painting.
If you’re interested in a looser type of painting and focusing on shapes and color more than on refined detail – check out this book! I’m really enjoying it.
Two other Painting books on my list:
“The Acrylic Painter’s Book of Styles and Techniques” 7 successful artist show you how to Master the versatility of Acrylics, by Rachel Rubin Wolf.
So excited to get into those, too. And, I’ll let you know how they are!
Anyone read any of these? Or recommend any others they’ve enjoyed?
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