We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have many exciting happenings to look forward to in 2007.
If our fellow artists have not received or requested a special gift for Christmas, you may wish to consider a new book by a master plein air painter from Taos, NM--Kevin Macpherson. His new book is entitled Landscape Painting: Inside and Out. In this book Kevin shows how to use a limited palette as he does, how to incorporate impressionistic touches of broken color to give a landscape painting depth and vibrancy that enhances its realism, and how to control the fleeting qualities of atmosphere and light by establishing a value plan early and sticking with it. His step-by-step demonstrations are presented in easy-to-understand language. You can learn more about the book and order it from Kevin's web site. My wife and I met Kevin and Wanda Macpherson in 2003 at the Plein Air Painters of America Workshop in Old Lyme, CT, and later in Tuscaloosa, AL, at another painting workshop. I am pleased to have been accepted as a participant in Kevin's 2007 "En Plein Air Masters Chateau des Arts Mentor Series" to be conducted at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies. Kevin is an enthusiastic, entertaining, and inspiring teacher, and Marie and I look forward to another exciting painting adventure with the Macphersons.
Another excellent gift idea for artists is the new instructional video entitled "Brush With Life: Kevin Macpherson's Landscapes," which is available from Brush with Life. This new DVD will be appreciated by artists and art collectors alike. In the video Kevin lets you know what he is thinking as he paints. He shows the scene that he is painting, broken down into value puzzle pieces, and he takes you through the process for two paintings from start to finish. He shares his effective method of capturing the magic of the moment with spots of beautifully related color in an impressionistic painterly style. The setting of the video moves from a location in France to his home studio in Taos, NM and the surrounding area. An additional segment called "Anyone Can Paint," which proved interesting to us, shows how his wife Wanda, who has a business background, has now taken up painting and doing quite well.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,