Snow scenes have a natural appeal, to artists and patrons alike. But as John Hughes explains in this month’s Hints ‘n’ Tips article, when working with snow, some artists see too much white.
Copyright is a legal right that gives the creator of a work an exclusive right to control how that work is used. Copyright only covers the tangible expression of an idea, not the idea itself, but copyright lasts a long time — until 70 years after you die, […]
John Hughes gives tips on painting architecture in plein air painting.
Humans have been making paint for a long time. A very long time. As described in an article in a recent issue of the journal Science, a cave in South Africa has yielded paint “tool kits” that date back a hundred thousand years (pushing back the date for […]
John Hughes reflects on the joys of being a plein air painter.
“Over the years, I have left everything from brushes, palette, white paint and even a canvas back in the studio in my zeal to get out and paint. It’s really bad too — you get all set up, the scene is great and duh, no palette knives! I […]
In the June 2011 edition of 15 Bytes John Hughes discusses the difference between painting things and painting the way things look.
John Hughes’ tips on getting your plein air equipment organized.
In our March 2011 edition John Hughes says studies are as important inside the studio as they are out in the field.
Most of us had our first experience with art through coloring books filled with line drawings. Next in our progression came the obvious tool of convenient necessity, the pencil (a wonderful medium, and, in the hands of a master, a true thing of beauty). Pencil drawing lends itself […]
For a landscape painter one of the joys of winter is the exhilarating experience of painting a snow scene in the open air. The excitement of a snow painting is just as much a visual experience as it is about braving the weather. Of course the extreme conditions […]
“Carlson’s angles and their consequent values can be reduced to one simple principle – “The more perpendicular a plane is to the source of light, the lighter the plane will appear in relation to other planes whose angles vary in relation to that same light.” ‘ . . […]