David Curtis’s book “CAPTURING THE MOMENT IN OILS” Brilliant so I just had to share it.

Capturing the moment in Oils
Capturing the moment in Oils

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.

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3 thoughts on “David Curtis’s book “CAPTURING THE MOMENT IN OILS” Brilliant so I just had to share it.

  1. I stayed in Staithes in Yorkshire once and David has a house there. He was painting a scene looking back up the stream towards the town and came down at the same time each evening to continue his work in the same light. He was working in oils, but I have seen some of his watercolours of the same scene, although on this occasion he was right on the waterline, and they are stunning.

    1. Hi Graham

      Yes that is something that would be good to see the process in the flesh on location. I suspect it would give a better impression of overall control of the painting and the little touches (or lack of touches) that a book could never provide.
      The library emailed me so they have the other book David Curtis Light and mood in watercolour. Perfect timing for festive reading.

      I had a look at your website and your work is great! The Hastings Beech and shingle beach in particular looks superb. How did you achieve it?

      The variety of your work and your story and migration to painting shows that anything is possible keep up the good work.
      http://grahammcquadefineart.com/
      Thx scott 🙂

      1. Scott, I have one of David’s wc books and it is superb. It has some exercises and one is of a very bland building and trees. He makes a very atmospheric painting from it, showing what imagination and artistic licence can achieve.
        The pebble beach is achieved by spraying masking fluid over the paper – wait for it to dry, then add a light tone. Then after drying, spray more mf over, then overpaint with a darker tone. Keep repeating until you paint a black over the lot. Rub away the masking fluid and hey presto, a pebble beach.
        I got this from Joe Dowden. He has a great website. It has some workshops which show you other techniques he uses which are well worth studying.
        Other artists I foillow are Alvaro Castaganet and his Melbourne colleague, Joe Zabrovnich (not sure of the spelling) Well worth looking at if you like this kind of style.
        Graham.

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