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 a plein air painter’s 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 […]
[slideShowProSC width=”600″ height=”700″ album=”312″] 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 […]
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 […]
Hints ‘n’ Tips Appreciating the Dirty Arts What will the coming generation of collectors want? by John Hughes 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 […]
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 […]
It took two summers for John Singer Sargent to finish “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” working methodically for 15 to 20 minutes each session and then scraping down each evening’s effort before he felt that he had it right. At other times, however, artists can work a painting 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.
Occasionally someone will say to me, “I can’t draw a stick figure.” The intended meaning is that they have no artistic talent. This may be true or not, but the real reason is most likely they don’t have the desire to learn or have not been instructed properly. […]
Summer’s coming so it’s time to get your plein air gear together. John Hughes gives you hints (and photographs to match) on how to organize your gear to make the best of your time in the field. Read the article in the May 2013 edition of 15 Bytes. […]
John Hughes discusses using positive and negative space to give objects in your paintings full shape.