How to Take Better Landscape Photography

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Do you often take reference photography of a scene for later use in the studio? Does it sometimes lack the detail you would like to have either because the shadows are too dark, or the sky is a blaze of white? Recently, Lori referred us to a helpful article by Texas artist Rusty Jones entitled, "How to Use Good Reference Photos for Landscape Painting". Rusty explains the importance of using photography in addition to using site sketches, and … [Read more...]

10 Motivating Tips for the Plein Air Painter

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Although some of my readers are from around the world and warmer places, many of us have endured an extra long, cold and grey winter. In fact, there is still about 3 feet of snow in my yard! But, the hint of spring is finally in the air here in Idaho, and I can't wait to get out my plein air pochade 'toy' box! I am willing to bet, many of you plein air painters are feeling the same way. Nevertheless, some artists might feel blocked or … [Read more...]

How to Interpret the Landscape in Paint

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"The most important ally in the study of painting is the art of thinking," stated Edgar Payne, famed artist and author. One of my favorite books in my library is by Edgar Payne, "Composition of Outdoor Painting." This little book is packed with a lifetime of knowledge from this famous American landscape painter. It is a must for every serious landscape painter. I have learned that interpreting the landscape in paint is a matter of allowing … [Read more...]


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