Thursday, April 16, 2009


I started a class in painting in a more loose, brushy manner. And one of the things the teacher recommends of copying other work to learn technique. In the 19th century, many of the painters like Sargent copied the old masters to figure out how they painted. This is my copy of a painting by John Frost who was a California Impressionist and a wonderful painter. He used warm and cool colors, but also kept (I think) tight rein on his values. He went from light to a mid tone in just about the middle of the picture and then kept it at a mid tone until the very front of the picture, where he darkened again. All the while he also kept his grays under control. Whew!! What a good painter he was. Here is a link to more about John Frost and California Impressionists: Pasadena Society Of Artists: Charter Member: John :Jack" Frost and Spacious Skies: California Impressionist Cloud Studies and Seascapes


Backstreeter said...

Looks very good to me. So Light

Christine Walker said...

It scanned a little lighter than it actually is, but not by much. The big lesson in this painting is working with grayed down colors, but not making them muddy looking.

Its Spring!

I found these in a garden center, nestled in the Astilbe.