Monthly Archives: April 2014

Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast by Julie Aronson

Eternal Summer: The Art of Edward Henry Potthast by Julie Aronson Henry Potthast is a new artist to me. I found this book in the NGA bookstore and being that I had been pondering about improving my sketching skills of Naomi when she it out playing, this book happened to be just the right kind […]

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Alla Prima: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Direct Painting by Al Gury

Alla Prima by Al Gury This is an excellent book for beginning and intermediate level artists who are interested in learning more about painting in the direct method, or alla prima. I found this book well organized and thoughtful in how it presented information. The first part is dedicated to basic materials, and the second […]

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The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet: Session 5

{progress at the end of the day} After the last session, I came back to the NGA all enthused and ready to cover some canvas this session. Using the skills I have been gradually gaining, I tackled the right side of the composition. Focusing on getting the values and color temperatures as close as possible […]

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The Next NGA Copy…

{my current copy at the NGA} Hello there! As I am more than half finished with the copy of the Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet, I am in the process of deciding what to copy next… and I thought I would get your input on the next one I choose to paint. The […]

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What Colors Do You See in Shadows?

I still remember the first time I observed “purple” in a shadow. I was walking across the Key Bridge from Georgetown to Roslyn, VA and I noticed how yellow the white concrete pavement appeared, then I noticed the shadows of the railings were a bright violet. It was magical, and I felt like I was […]

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