Thanks to Tranent Library for having David Curtis’ book “CAPTURING THE MOMENT IN OILS” it was a great read. It would give inspiration to the novice and professional alike. I am looking for one of the Authors other books.
I had read half of the book and I got to a section on Glazing and making your own medium for glazing in particular for glazing water. Unlike most how to paint books there is very little or even no start to finish lessons and indeed only 10% even talks about techniques but what David Curtis does convey very well in my opinion is what not to paint! Get out of the house! Simplify, paint in alternative mediums, keep the palette as small as can be, Horizons, direct lighting and well you get it I am sure by now.
So keep on painting get out while the sun is low and the sky is blue, even better when its red however.
Please keep an eye on www.scottsibbald.com as I have some artworks for sale framed and ready for Xmas.
Tanya www.anina.ie has a few copies of her book “Time for a change” left in print and so if you would like a personalized signed copy then let us know.
CAPTURING THE MOMENT IN OILS Davids press release below fyi..
Author: David Curtis
Publication Date: 21 Mar 2007
One of the attractions of painting outdoors is the challenge of capturing the spirit of a place – changing light, weather and transient conditions demand particular painting skills if they are to be interpreted effectively. Leading painter David Curtis works on location, in all weathers observing and capturing the subtle effects of light and mood.
Oil paint is as good for painting on site as it is for large-scale painting in the studio; it is remarkably responsive; can be applied in many different ways; and it allows time to assess and modify work in progress. In this fascinating book, David Curtis shows how he achieves such expressive and original results using drawings, paintings and stage-by-stage examples. He gives detailed explanations of his two main working methods – for plein-air paintings and for studio compositions – as well as plenty of helpful guidance and advice on choosing materials, exploring techniques, selecting ideas, composition, colour and tone and associated topics. Drawing skills and interpreting the qualities of light are other key issues that he deals with, while his wonderfully evocative landscapes, coastal scenes, interiors and figure compositions provide much to inspire the reader.