Conversations with Nature
Oil Painting in the Tradition of Plein Air
Conversations with Nature – Oil Painting in the tradition of Plein Air, is designed to be an illuminating guide to a classic medium and the most popular, universal subject: landscape painting. Celebrate the outdoors sparkling with light and awash in vivid colors with one of the premier plein air painters. Master artist Kevin Macpherson will guide you through colorful step-by-step demonstrations and inspire you to accomplish successful paintings from the start. Presenting the outdoor logistics, techniques and basic principles in concise instruction to promote advancement for professionals and beginners alike. Kevin’s virtuosity is the result of countless hours of study and practice. He shares his knowledge generously.
Most importantly, this book will teach you how to see as an artist. You’ll learn to create alluring landscapes bathed with light, engulfed in air, and presented from nature’s own shapes, patterns, and colors. Inspiring oil painting demonstrations break down the complexity and reveal the magic of the creative process. The beautifully reproduced paintings within the pages of this book will inspire and motivate you to see a colorful world. You’ll also learn to assess your work objectively and subjectively as you find your style and refine your artistic visual vocabulary to create a painting that evokes the senses.
Kevin Macpherson’s intent as a painter is to capture the light that infuses every scene. He is a magician of light and shadow, but more than that, he distills the essence from the landscape, creating a finished painting that is both universal and very personal. A few pure paint colors, masterfully blended, turn into thousands of nuanced, impressionistic brush strokes. From a freely applied abstract foundation, a colorful representation emerges. Kevin paints fast, accurately, and intuitively, using methods that are grounded in years of academic training. Besides an accomplished painter, Kevin is a gifted writer and published author of 5 highly successful books as well as a teacher and guest lecturer. He seeks high standards, both academically and emotionally. He is regarded as a master mentor, a reputation well earned by years of teaching international workshops and giving personal guidance to many aspiring artists. His paintings are poetic, and his vocabulary is color.
Also available in Hardback:
Conversations With Nature (hardback) by Kevin Macpherson