I am a workshop groupie and a lover of art books - both the "how to" and the books on artists and their work.
As I progress in my learning I find that many of the books I purchase end up being the same old stuff repackaged. Others bring a new light or approach to learning. These are keepers.
This week I received three new books; two Andrew Loomis books on figure drawing (which I think will be keepers) and the book Color and Light by James Gurney which is definitely a keeper.
I have been aware of Colour and Light for a while and read other positive comments, but I have been turned off by the cover. The author is , of course, the creator of Dinotropia - neat stuff but not the direction I am taking in my learning. So with the cover illustration I thought that would be the intent of the book. Not so. It is a fresh approach to looking at light and colour from an artist that makes wonderful plein air sketches and uses his knowledge to create works of fantasy that read.
Its one I will be keeping and recommending.
GO TO YOUR ROOM ! I borrowed this phrase from the recently deceased Canadian painter Robert Genn who believed that there is only so much we can learn about how to paint from the many fine instructors and resources available today. The true learning comes from going off on our own and doing it - Go to your room!
I have had the good fortune to take instruction from outstanding artists in Canada and the USA. I am now focusing on my own development ( Going to MY room!) and sharing what I have learned and continue to learn. I created this blog primarily for those attending my workshops to keep in touch and to further share as we grow together. If others are interested in following that would be great.
Enjoy the journey.