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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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Strength on the Rocks

Hello lovlies, today’s painting is on two canvases in acrylic paint. This one has been in the works for the past couple of months, but it is just off the press today. I painted this one while listening to Rhiannon Giddens (she’s an amazing singer, btw. Go check her out). 

Heres another picture of the painting with a ruler to give you an idea of scale:

I am also thinking hard about the format I want this blog to take and how I want to get it there. If you have any suggestions or stuff you’d like to see, please, message me! Stay tuned for exciting things with that! And stay safe out there in this uncertain world. 

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Sunday Inspiration: Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City runs a youtube channel. In it, they show how some of the most famous artists of the last century painted their iconic works. The one I’ve linked below shows how Yayoi Kusama painted her mural sized Infinity Net. In the process of painting the sample, I was able to get a glimpse of the mind of Kusama. This art isnt exactly my cup of tea, but I got a lot out of watching over the artist’s shoulder. 

“How to paint like Yayoi Kusama”

The featured image is one of my watercolor paintings, inspired by Yayoi Kusama.