Capturing Light in Oils

Capturing Light in Oils

by Paul Strisik

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“I feel that God’s sunlight on a single blade of grass is such a miracle and so difficult to capture in paint, it is worth a lifetime of trying”—Paul Strisik

Legendary artist Paul Strisik was not the kind of artist you’d find cooped up inside a studio. As one of the great plein air painters of his generation, Paul preferred to be outdoors using the sun to light his subjects. His years of experience in capturing that natural light are offered here in Capturing Light in Oils.

In these pages, Paul Strisik presents a step-by-step approach to using the three most powerful tools an artist can employ—design, color, and light. Using the techniques taught in this book, Strisik teaches how to use natural conditions to your advantage to create artwork that truly expresses your vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635610383
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 09/14/2018
Edition description: Reprint ed.
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 690,857
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Paul Strisik painted light and color in all its manifestations. He went beyond mere description to explore the reasons why things look the way they do. There is luminosity in Strisik's skies that glimmers off the earth, glosses the surface of the water and reveals his excitement and emotional involvement in the subject.
Paul studied at the Art Students League in New York with Frank Vincent Dumond. It was from Dumond that he learned about cause and effect, to learn what causes appearances in order to paint the effect with understanding.
Paul Strisik is a nationally acclaimed painter, and was a member of the most prestigious organizations in America including Acadamician (N.A.) in the National Academy of Design, National Academy of Western Art (Oklahoma City), Hudson Valley Art Association, N.Y., Rockport Art Association (Past President), Copley Society of Boston (Copley Master), Oil Painters of America, The Guild of Boston Artists, Allied Artists of America, New England Watercolor Society, The International Society of Marine Painters, North Shore Arts Association, Artists Professional League and the American Watercolor Society, N.Y..
His work may be seen at The Paul Strisik Gallery in Rockport, Ma. from June to October and at the following galleries across the country, The Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, N.M., Whistle-Pik Galleries, Fredericksburg, Tx., Parson's Fine Art Gallery, Taos, N. M. , The Sylvan Gallery, Charleston, S.C., and the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset Bay, Maine.

Table of Contents


Part One: Materials and Methods

Drawing Materials


Palette Knife


Taboret or Palette Stand


Painting Surfaces




Travel and Outdoor Painting

Summing Up

Part Two: Conception and Composition

A Sense of Place


Compositional Principles




Composition Portfolio

Portfolio of Field Sketches

Part Three: Light and Color


Color Harmony


Varieties of Lighting

The Gray Day


Breaking the Rules to Capture an Effect

Portfolio of Light and Color

Part Four: Painting in Action: 13 Demontstrations

Painting the Color of Snow

Adding Variety with Accents and Darks

Painting Rich Color in a Still Life

Make Shadows Glow with Reflected Light

Capturing the Mood After a Rain

Capture the Poetry of a Place

Painting the Greens of the Countryside

Adding Drama to the Commonplace

Finding an Original Viewpoint

Painting the Effects of Clearing Skies

Handling Detail in a Backlit Subject

Improving on Your Subject

The Sparkling Effect of Top Light



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