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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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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

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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.

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Doodles: Watercolor

I doodle as a relaxation method. And, it works! Science says you can get a lot of benefit out of it even if you think you’re no good. And we all know science doesn’t ever steer us wrong right? Besides, this is an excuse to play with colors and not have to be productive for a few minutes. In other words, its like playing solitare with byproducts.