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         Spring. White Lilacs                                           ca. 1895                                                Isaac Levitan  

                 
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         Summer Brome with Summer Evening, 30 x 40" Oil Paintings, © John Hulsey   Fortress, 18 x 24", Oil, © Bruce Newman
         
  From Plein Air to the Studio             Voices of Experience
                      Two Case Studies                     Bruce Evans Newman
John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter

Page from the interview by Bob Bahr of
The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in
Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall
being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.
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Gore Creek I
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Plein air watercolor painting of Gore Creek        Plein air watercolor painting of Gore Creek by John Hulsey    

                   This is the original 8 x 12" plein air painting            This is a new watercolor sketch I developed
       
                   shown in the video below.                                            from the original one at left.

   As in the case of this painting, I often take my lightest watercolor kit with me into the field when I am scouting a new location and need to be mobile, and even agile, as I clamber around the terrain. This freedom allowed me to scramble down the steep bank to set up at the water's edge of Gore Creek, where I quickly got to work on this watercolor study.  Later, I decided to create a new composition in watercolor from this sketch and memory, to see if I could add more magic to the scene and develop a large oil painting from this inspiration.  As you can see, I really "pushed" the colors and contrast in the second version.


Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey    Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey

             This is the start of the large oil, with the                  Making good progress here, with all colors
      
       initial under-painting about complete.                          in place and edges being developed.

   My second sketch gave me the confidence to enlarge my composition up to 30" x 40" on canvas and begin the process of developing it in oil.  Because I had previously worked out my colors, values and shapes in the sketches, I could concentrate on developing my edges and paint layers and enjoying the painting process. I worked back and forth between glazed and impastoed passages to build translucency and brightness in my paint surfaces, using large bristle brushes, and paying little attention to details.


Step-by-step oil painting of Gore Creek Colorado by John Hulsey      Palette for Oil Painting of Gore Creek by John Hulsey
      
               Nearly done here, ready for the finishing                Laying out colors like this on my palette                                touches that really add sparkle.                               always speeds my work along.



       Gore Creek I oil painting by John Hulsey
                  Gore Creek I                                         Oil,  30 x 40"                                      John Hulsey
                        
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   demonstration of John painting the watercolor sketch for Gore
   Creek I on location in Colorado!


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Color Mixing

Perspectives No. 247

Historical Color Wheel and Color Mixing Chart


   The visual artist who works with color has a tall, but very interesting mountain to climb. We start by intuitively playing with colors as children. Our choices are free and somewhat arbitrary. Fun. Our senses are not well-developed to perceive subtleties in shades or values at first, and so we paint that way. As we grow, our innate sensitivity to all things visual grows and our appreciation of the vast world of color begins to develop. The more we look, the more we tend to see. The more paintings made, the greater the proficiency and sensitivity to color. It is a positive feedback loop which is never-ending.

   There are two ways to learn about colors and color mixing—trial and error, or the science of color theory. Ann and I both had the good fortune to have taken color theory classes in art school. They provided a solid theoretical foundation for the work of mixing paint that was to come. Color theory provides a framework, based on the color wheel, for understanding color, color temperature, harmonies, complementaries and all the various color relationships and combinations which can be made. It is the starting point for experimenting purposefully with color and using it deliberately to create an effect.

   Although color theory is a very valuable way to understand color, one can also learn all about the colors on the palette by methodically cross-mixing each color together in a grid, as Richard Schmid recommends and demonstrates in his iconic book, Alla Prima: Everything I Know About Painting. By the time one has done this laborious exercise, one will know for certain how to make any color out of any other color on your particular palette. It may seem like a tedious way to go, but it works, and the lesson will never be forgotten.

   As a young painter, I didn’t want to do exercises—I wanted to paint. After a while, though, I realized that I was often guessing about color relationships and doing a lot of re-painting. That’s when I started to collect books about painting and color. In addition to  the Schmid books, one of my favorites is the late Ted Goerschner’s Oil Painting: The Workshop Experience.  Goerschner’s painting style was bright and impressionistic, but based on solid color theory. In this terrific book, Ted showed us how he arranged his special palette of colors and worked through some basic color wheel relationships in easy-to-understand demonstrations. Ted also developed his own colorful grays which he mixed up each time he laid out his palette. He knew by heart how each of his grays combined with his other tube colors to create a wide range of colorful neutrals which made up the largest masses in his paintings. The entire book is a delightful education in advanced color use.

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Summer Brome with Summer Evening, 30 x 40" Oil Paintings, © John HulseyFrom Plein Air to the Studio:Two Case Studies

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We are artists, authors and teachers with over 35 years of experience in painting the world's beautiful places. We created The Artist's Road in order to share our knowledge and experiences with you, and create a community of like-minded individuals.  You can learn more about us and see our original paintings by clicking on the links below.
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