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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Critiques are interesting animals; some are big and hairy while others are small and cuddly. Like judging in an art competition, they are all dependent on the artistic paradigm of the person doing the critique. Sometimes the best critiques are the simplest ones, like when my wife Teresa […]
When starting a painting, it is important that the first few values get put down on the canvas correctly before any other brushstrokes are recorded. When choosing a first value, the artist must have a standard to choose from. In other words, just any value won’t do. That […]
John Hughes sees learning to paint as a metaphor for life.
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.
John Hughes gives tips on painting architecture in plein air painting.
In the June 2011 edition of 15 Bytes John Hughes discusses the difference between painting things and painting the way things look.
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. In this month’s Hints ‘n’ Tips column John Hughes explains why sometimes it’s not that bad for a plein air painter to chase the light. Read the article in the May 2011 edition of 15 Bytes. COMMENT BELOW. 15 Bytes
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 […]