Artist in Nature: Thomas Kinkade and the Plein Air Tradition

Artist in Nature: Thomas Kinkade and the Plein Air Tradition

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by M. Stephen Doherty, Thomas Kinkade
     
 

There seems no question that Kinkade really does love to paint (though he's also known for his commercial enterprises that produce tchotchkes such as ceramic houses that light up and a chain of stores that sells reproductions of his paintings). The paintings in this catalog are accompanied by brief comments by the painter that refer to the natural effect he sought to…  See more details below

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There seems no question that Kinkade really does love to paint (though he's also known for his commercial enterprises that produce tchotchkes such as ceramic houses that light up and a chain of stores that sells reproductions of his paintings). The paintings in this catalog are accompanied by brief comments by the painter that refer to the natural effect he sought to capture. Neither the dimensions nor location of the work is indicated for any of the paintings; the threads of the canvas suggest they may be fairly small in scale. Doherty is editor-in-chief of American Artist. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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The editor in chief of American Artist, Doherty provides a close look at the paintings of popular American artist Thomas Kinkade as well as an overview of the "plein-air" tradition, or painting outdoors. He explains how the arrival of clean and portable paint in tubes in 1841 brought many artists outdoors to paint and how the tradition's popularity fluctuated over time, with a recent new interest encouraged by ecological awareness. Kinkade, who writes an introduction, is one of the most popular of these new artists. This book presents the philosophy behind his work, surveys the challenges in working outdoors, offers advice on materials and techniques for the plein-air painter, and more. A total of 150 color illustrations of mountains, deserts, seascapes, bridges, motels and diners, cityscapes, and so forth represent Kinkade's work. This volume, for the budding painter looking for advice or for simple armchair appreciation, is recommended for public libraries.-Joseph Hewgley, Nashville P.L. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780823003457
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1902
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
11.54(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.83(d)

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Artist in Nature 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I am not a big 'Kinkade' fan (even if I have two of his paintings), but I do admire his plein air oil paintings. We usually see Kinkade's pieces as 'tight', 'detailed' works of art, but it is a relief to see that he has a different kind of talent. His flamboyant use of color and composition in his plein air paintings are remarkable to look at. I myself am a watercolorist and have been interested in oil paint for a long time. When I flipped through the pages of this book it inspired me to go out and buy all the tools necessary (even if it cost a couple hundred dollars-- and I am a college student, mind you). Though, I wished he had gone into detail about the materials he used (especially the paints); it would have guided me in a better direction to what supplies to buy. This book is lovely to look at and will support the eager artist.