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Book Review: Color and Light

Im currently reading Color and Light: a guide for the realist painter by James Gurney. Hes the guy who illustrated the kids book Dinotopia. I dont remember what its about, but i remember the whimsical pictures of Dinosaurs living with people. Thats pretty impressive considering I read it when I was 6 or 7 years old. 

So this book is not your standard color theory and this is how you paint a landscape book. Gurney goes into how our eyes process color and how to make realistic paintings. This is even more impressive considering the artist key topic is dinosaurs (!!!). I think I learned more in the first fifteen pages than my last four books combined. 

So for example, Gurney talked about how colors look richer on overcast days and bleached on sunny days. So I tried it out on one of my paintings 

I like how it looks very much. I’ll keep reading this book. Im excited to see what I’ll learn

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Self to Self and Back

Watercolor sketch
Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

To be the person who lives

Self to self to self, 

Never slowing to chase the old

To be one who 

Watches a raindrop

Fall into present moment

To be the one who

Loves the person we have

Just met who is ourselves

And may it go well for you in this series of moments we call now.

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Play of light

I love how light plays on the lilly petals, and I strove to mimic that here. I love the color blue, and particularly the shade here, French ultramarine blue.

24 by 24 inches oil on canvas
Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

In other news, I’m starting an Etsy shop for this and other paintings. It’s a work in progress so far! I will be selling original artworks there, and the styles will range from oil, acrylic, and watercolor on canvas and paper. In addition, I’ll be looking into the production of enameled pins, coffee mugs. If you have an idea you’d like me to look into, I’d be so grateful for ideas. Until next time, friends.

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I bought adobe photoshop, and ive been taking my art and mixing it with more of my art. The results are so much fun. Take a look at two of them:

Digital collage
Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

So far the big downside is that I don’t have a fancy pen and tablet to draw directly in the program, but I’m trying to figure out how to fix that. I had the opportunity to try one out at Comic Con this weekend, and now I’m in lust. 

Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

Take care, everyone


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Oil on canvas 12 by 20 inches
Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

Sailing was a big part of my childhood. My Aunt and Uncle lived on one; all our vacations involved water. Dad built a little 12 footer dinghy sailboat when my brother and I were kids that we’d sail around the lake. It was an awesome way to grow up, and I am still so thankful to my family for making it possible. Art comes from life, and my paintings are no different. Seascapes just don’t look right without a boat in the distance, and I’m grateful for that bias. May you have lots of boats in your future.

I wish you fair winds and following seas, friend.

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Green Mermaid

5 x 7
Artist Corinne Viner copyright 2017

This one is tiny, practically, only five by seven inches. The lady practically lept off the paint though. I will have to revisit her again. She was a fun visitor, and oil painting is a good medium for her. 

I’ve been rereading some of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. Heres a piece that seems particularly fitting and appealing right now; just make sure you come back afterward. The world needs you awake and present.

“Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”

-W. B. Yeates, The Collected Poems of WB Yeats