Learning by Learning about Paul Cézanne

Vivid colors applied with bold strokes that are often, but not always, contained by bold, dark lines are what help to distinguish Paul Cézanne’s paintings from the work of other Impressionists and Post-Impressionist painters. Cézanne was a contemporary of Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, and others. He was close friends with Camille Pissaro,Continue reading “Learning by Learning about Paul Cézanne”

Inspired by Blue Sky

Blue skies smiling at me nothing but blue skies do I see. ~Ella Fitzgerald, Singer  I never get tired of blue skies. ~Vincent Van Gogh, Painter The traveler who has gone to Italy to study the tactile values of Giotto, or the corruption of the Papacy, may return remembering nothing but the blue sky andContinue reading “Inspired by Blue Sky”

Beginner’s Mind

Experiment in art school. Then, choose a medium and a subject (i.e., landscape, portrait, etc.) and work hard if you want to be successful. That advice is well-intentioned and logical, but all work and no play can make anyone dull or bored. I’m far from bored with painting or with landscapes. The landscape offers somethingContinue reading “Beginner’s Mind”

At the Heart of Plein Air Painting

Unlike Realism, Modern, Contemporary, or Impressionism, plein air painting is not a style of painting. It could be considered a tradition in this sense: Traditional art is art that is part of a culture of a certain group of people, with skills and knowledge passed down through generations from masters to apprentices. Yes, there areContinue reading “At the Heart of Plein Air Painting”

Photographing Artwork

Photographing artwork can be easy or difficult depending on your expectations. If you just want a photo of your artwork and you don’t care if the color is accurate, then taking a photo is easy. Just lay your artwork on a flat surface or place it against something upright and take a photo with yourContinue reading “Photographing Artwork”