This demonstration is an excerpt from the feature article, “Livin’ Large” by Michael Chesley Johnson. If you enjoy this step by step demo, subscribe to Magazine for 10 full issues of instruction and inspiration per year!Plein Air Painting in Two Sessionsby Michael Chesley Johnson1. Tone: Before taking my 18×26 stretched canvas to the field, I toned it with a thin wash of an acrylic mixture of yellow ochre and magenta.
Best Ways to Paint in Your StudioEnergy Field Water by Nancy Reyner, acrylic on canvasSomeone once asked me if I go to my studio every day, or do I wait until I feel creative. I discovered that I paint using three different cycles: beginning, continuing and completion.Perhaps this may seem too simple.
It is what surrounds an object within a scene that tells us the most about its character. The background often best defines the shape of the human head, the tablecloth–the still life objects, and the sky–the trees. Many painting techniques suggest we start with the background (that which is the farthest behind) and paint in layers to the foreground (that which is on top).
As much as we might wish all our paintings came out perfect the first time, most paintings go through a process. The ability to look at a work in progress and figure out how to improve it is a skill of its own. Want to get better at critiquing your own work? These painting solutions from acclaimed artist Nancy Reyner are a great start!
So You Love Your Art Even MoreSatisfaction is a powerful feeling. It’s fulfillment, freedom and pleasure rolled into one. Most of us will pursue and savor it throughout life when we are lucky enough to get a taste of it. It doesn’t always come easy — but you can definitely make it a habit. 1 Highly Satisfied Artists Actually Make It a HabitHabit, in the art context, is a great word.
Meet Master of American Watercolor — Thomas SchallerEnjoy this exclusive interview with American watercolor master, Thomas Schaller, below to learn more about his paintings, inspirations, process and more.Come study watercolor with Thomas in famed and beautiful Italian countryside this September at his Retreat in Tuscany.