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A few plein air pieces from recently. I’m taking a gouache plein air class in a couple months so I’m practicing. It’s really hard.
Both are limited palette gouache on scrap illustration board. The top one was tinted the day prior. Turns out I’m kind of a slow painter unless it’s a cute squishy animal, and my parts start to go numb before I feel I’m done painting. It’s a great restriction to help practice.
The earnest person of honest narrow vision who comes along and says, “I don’t see that colour,” should have one’s sympathy, as looked for with his coldly accurate eye, all the glory of colour disappears and has no existence.
Page 138, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
And the originality that is of so delicate an order that it cannot stand a course of academic training, is so poor a thing that it were better not considered.
Page 63, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
And until you have acquired an aptitude for easily seeing tones [values], it is not much use troubling too much about the shape of them.
Page 139, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed
In these Post-Impressionist days we are apt to forget that nature is still one of our best artists …despite the fact that she is often made the excuse for very dull performances, by painters whose chief virtue is honest stupidity.
Page 59, Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed