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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.
“Massing is the act of filling in large areas of the canvas to simulate the value and coloration of different parts of the scene or objects to be painted. By massing the artist gets to the abstract heart of the subject quickly and at the same time sets […]
“Another good trick I learned years ago from painting with Ken Baxter, was to take along a carpet sample about 2 – 3 feet wide to stand on while you are painting; keeps your feet in place while adding an extra layer of foot protection. . .” Read […]
“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.” ‘ . . […]
Plein Air Situations Dos and don’ts for beginners, and a painting-day travelogue by John Hughes This month I would like to talk about painting outdoors and two different types of situations for plein air artists to try. First of all, painting with a group of friends: it’s a […]