Let’s face it, the landscape is no simple subject to be easily understood, let alone painted, without much study. Its intricacies need to be learned on many different levels in order to break its code and come away with a credible painting that captures the essence of a […]
An award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983, John Hughes maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.
Not all artists see the same. The difference between the way a novice sees a scene and how a seasoned artist views it can be great, and can be the key between a good painting experience and a frustrating one. The serious student artist needs to see in […]
Today’s column is on a subject that I encountered years ago and was recently reminded of — avoiding the cartoon look in a painting. This may seem like a weird thing to write about, but it is a look I happened upon once or twice out in the […]
One really effective way to begin planning your next studio painting is to do several thumbnail sketches until you hit on something you like. After that, you might forgo heading directly into oil paint and do some pre-planning in the medium of soft vine charcoal. The reason for […]
Scene selection can be a huge advantage or a stumbling block to the advancement of your work. Often, the problem with a painting is not that an artist can’t paint well enough, but that the choice of subject matter lacks that certain something that will lend itself to […]
The thing I love about this event is that I don’t have to be anywhere for days on end, which gives me the freedom to roam to my heart’s content. My method for picking painting spots on any given day is dictated only by which way the wind […]
Using a value scale to assist your efforts when painting out in nature can be useful, especially when there is a lot of glare, like in snow painting, beach scenes, or just regular sunny days. The need arises when you have a value that you are trying to […]
Remember the old problem many of us pondered in elementary school science class? The question went something like this: If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to witness the event, is there any sound? The same might be asked about the future […]
Somewhere along the continuum of creativity and craftsmanship there is a point where the two intersect harmoniously and unpretentiously in a natural rhythm that is difficult to achieve. Point X can’t be forced and yet, can only be reached through a bravado of execution that requires courage to […]
From staying in a cozy room in bucolic Spring City, to backpacking in the Tetons, plein air painter John Hughes tells us what he did on his summer vacation.
John Hughes discusses using positive and negative space to give objects in your paintings full shape.
John Hughes sees learning to paint as a metaphor for life.