Tag Archives: light

First Light, oil pastel


One day I saw a spectacular photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler, whose blog Exploratorius provides us with amazing images taken through his lens.  This day Mitch posted a most gorgeous scene he shot on his commute to work http://exploratorius.us/2013/10/18/slice-of-light/.  Could you imagine … Continue reading

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Color and Light, A Guide for the Realist Painter – a book review


James Gurney the author, is also an accomplished artist, teacher and creator of “Dinotopia.”  This book is one of my all time favorites!  I have several good books that concentrate on color, all are second to the quality and comprehensive … Continue reading

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Painting Sunlight & Shadow with Pastels, a book review


For a long time I struggled with creating believable shadows and light using oil pastels (OPs), few credible resources exist for Op artists.  I wanted a source  with easy to understand explanations and demonstrations for painting sunlight and shadows.  I … Continue reading

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Into the Woods


I love wooded paths and especially if there’s sunlight and shadow.  As an artist, I’m always on the lookout for interesting light patterns within a landscape and all the better if the scene has a path.  It’s then that the … Continue reading

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Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, a book review


Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting, by John F. Carlson The best instructional book for landscape painting is John Carlson’s book, at least in my opinion.  It was originally written in 1929, with a revision in 1934 and later several reprints.  … Continue reading

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