Monday, January 06, 2014

"Sunset Splendor" © and books, books and more books......

Years ago Maggie Price taught me how to paint water using pastels.   For this painting I used her method and painted this scene of Hansen Dam just as the sun was setting.  Maggie passed away, a huge loss to the art community, but as so many great teachers her lessons continue to benefit all the artists she instructed.  

Oil on Canvas, 16" X 20"

I LOVE books, real books with pages to turn and weight to hold in my hands, especially art books.  Yesterday we pulled all the books off the shelves and re-organized the titles.  It's so hard to not sit down with one and dive in.  

The art books are sitting pretty in the case and now I know where each title is for quick reference.  It's a nice way to start 2014.  Here are some of my favorites books on painting methods:
"Brushwork" by Emile A. Gruppe,  "Composition of Outdoor Painting" by Edgar Payne, "Problem Solving for Oil Painters" by Gregg Kreutz,  "Alla Prima" by Richard Schmid and "Oil Painting, The Workshop Experience" by Ted Goerschner.  Happy painting, reading and New Year!


Marian Fortunati said...

LOVE this painting. And your books look so good. I need to put mine in nice shelves so they look that nice.... Of course if I read them I guess it doesn't matter how they look on the shelves, doesn't it. I enjoyed most of those books you recommended, Laura!
I think I'd better return Color. I've had it too long.
Thanks for the Zorn inspiration this week.

Laura Wambsgans said...

Thank you Marian, it was good to share the Zorn exhibit with you, Belinda and Sharon. A chance in a lifetime to see those painting up close and what a difference from the books. "Color" is in good hands, enjoy the book as long as you like. I have been enjoying "What Painting Is". There is never enough time to read. Get well soon my friend.

Paris to Pasadena Art Workshop said...

I have those titles as well, Laura, thanks for sharing. I've been pulling mine off the shelves and putting them into piles by American impressionism, California impressionism, etc., doing research. And now they're all jumbled back on the shelves. I shall take inspiration from your project and get 'em organized!

Paris to Pasadena Art Workshop said...

By the way Laura--Paris to Pasadena Workshop is me, Betsy Woodford.

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