I used to think so romantically about Monet, Pissarro, and the other
Impressionists. Not romantic like Manet is so dreamy; romantic as in
idealizing this particular group of painters—thinking they stepped
outside of their studios and, snap, Impressionism just happened.
Veneration can sometimes blind the mind’s eye to all the toil and
planning that goes behind an elegant masterpiece. The reality is that
the Impressionists were strategists, thinkers, and pioneering
technicians when it came to the art they produced.
Jacqueline Kamin paints with a
sculptural sensibility that isn’t at all foreign to her practice.
Earlier in her career she spent time as a bronze bust sculptor.
“Working with sculpture is a lot of fun,” Kamin says. “It is very
tactile and organic, but it takes a toll physically, and you aren’t
responsible for the whole process unless you have your own foundry.”
A few of my artistic heroes get worse than no respect. They get
anonymity. Jacques le Moyne de Morgues, Philip Gidley King, James Cook,
Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres, John James Audubon—all were
artistic adventurers, and most of them are virtually unknown.
Kevin Macpherson is a renowned artist and instructor with 30 years of plein air painting experience. For newcomers, painting en plein air means literally, painting “in the open air,” and is the genre associated with painting outdoors. In 1996, Macpherson challenged himself to what I’d call a painting marathon or Iron Man or something equally intense.
any artist will tell you that there's a certain appeal to working
outdoors that can't be found anywhere else. With spring in full swing,
many of us have left our studios for our porches, backyards, and beyond.
To celebrate the season and all of the landscape art being made, here are 10 ways you can make the most of your next outdoor painting session.