I picked this book up at the library earlier this week. I just thought it sounded interesting… and it is! It’s a bit of a “how to” book, but it covers a lot of information about materials and techniques. The author, Jonathan Stephenson, ties together historical information with painting technique without being dry or academic. He also really creates a broad perspective on how many different ways there are to paint! I am having fun with it and might even have to paint along with a few of the demos.
Paint with the Impressionists, Jonathan Stephenson, 1995, Thames & Hudson
15″ x 11″
pastel on paper
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I just wrapped up a 3 week class on Impressionist style landscape painting at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Being on a bit of a break from my regular studio work, I felt like channeling my inner impressionist yesterday. Working from photographs I took at Peninsula State Park earlier this month, I whipped up some autumn paintings in acrylic. I tried to force myself to stay loose and intuitive with the paint. I tried to relinquish some control of mixing and detail. I had fun and I know that this will certainly inform my work going forward. The classes I teach inevitably change me as an artist for the better.