Photo from the Crown Range above Queenstown, NZ.
Hi guys, I did this wee painting today trying out a slightly different technique inspired by a great Slovakian artist by the name of Tibor Nagy. His style is very Richard Schmid in a way, using very thin washes in a watercolour fashion to begin with and thicker paint in the lights. It's a very invigorating technique which has the benefit of the random textures of thin washes combined with the directness of impasto passages.
For this painting I printed out the photo I had (above) in black and white and invented the colors from there, a technique which allows you much more freedom in your colour choices. It does cause you to paint from your 'symbols' (your current understanding) which dumbs down the color a little in my case, but at least it's not confined to the limitations of photography. Lots of fun anyway.
Hey thanks to everyone who's confirmed their interest in joining me next year at the Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas. Sounds like a hoot. If you didn't get my email about it though I attach it below:
"Have you heard about the huge plein air painting
convention being held in Las Vegas Red Rocks in
You can learn more about it here:
Today I was asked to come and teach at the convention
and I'm giving it serious thought. Of course it's very
expensive for me to fly there from New Zealand, but the
organizers said they'd pay for all that if enough of
my readers join me at the convention, which I thought
was nice for me but what's in it for you?
So as an incentive for you they're offering a $100
discount to any of my readers who buy earlybird tickets
which normally cost $795 for this 4 day event.
(price does not include accommodation)
It looks like it's going to be an amazing event to be part
of so I am really keen to get there and meet as many of
you as possible. Apparently they want me to do some
teaching on stage too which sounds a bit scary but hey
how bad can it be?
It's a whole year away yet, so all we're looking for at the
moment is a show of hands to see who might be interested
in coming along. If you're keen just reply to this email and
we'll go from there.
Here's what the convention website says about the event:
"The Plein Air Convention & Expo presented by Plein Air
Magazine is designed to be the largest gathering of outdoor
artists and collectors in history. Artists and collectors will
gather to share ideas, paintings, tips and techniques.
The event will be held at the Red Rocks Resort in Las Vegas,
however it’s at the edge of the Red Rocks State Park which
is filled with wonderful paint spots. Its also close to Old Las
Vegas, an old Western Film Set town for painting some fun
Western scenes. You can literally “paint the town”!
Sessions will include demonstrations by high-level artists,
tips from collectors and galleries, marketing ideas and
workshops on how to improve yourself as an artist and and
how to better run your art business. We’ll connect you with
galleries and we will have all the big suppliers showcase
their latest products.
Stay tuned for a major announcement of a keynote speaker
you won’t want to miss! Plus you’ll make history when you
participate in the World’s Largest Paint Out. We plan to get
you in the Guinness Book of World Records and do a photo
of the largest outdoor painting session in history with painters
from all over the world. Plus, you will compete for prizes in
our painting competition judged by a major panel of important
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