Painting of a tree and cropsI used a lot of burnt sienna on this one with some prussian blue, cool yellow green (lemon yellow and prussian blue) and various other earth tones. I think the warm burnt sienna pops out nicely. I’m working on giving my paintings lots of texture these days. I think that makes a more interesting and luscious painting.

When I first began to paint I was just looking to give things volume and create a good composition. Now that I feel more comfortable with that I’m moving on to texture which is really fun. Usually I get it by going back over something and running my brush strokes the opposite direction. I noticed Van Gogh and Paul Cezanne did that a lot. And of course I love their paintings. – Jason Campbell

Storm Over Lake Tahoe

Storm Over Lake Tahoe PaintingI painted this bad boy from a picture that I took at a college retreat. Of course I added a little color to give it more emotion and make it more interesting. Also I used this cool gel stuff that makes the paint spread a little more like oil. But it is acrylic on canvas. I’m gonna make myself do a at least a few more landscapes before I move on. So more to come! I would say the inspiration of my style in this came from Georgia O’keefe, Marsden Hartley and of course Mr. Vincent Van Gogh.

Mount Hermon (by Santa Cruz) Painting

Mount Hermon PaintingI painted this on a hill at a college retreat I went on in the mountains by Santa Cruz, CA. It is acrylic on canvas. I experimented with changing colors from the actual colors (of course ha ha). I wanted to break out of trying to paint everything to look as real as possible. Have a little fun… and it was fun… and a cute little painting as some would say. 🙂

I have a painting in the ARC Student Show

ARC Student Show 2009Student Art Exhibit & Holiday Sale
American River College Fine Arts Club

Saturday, December 12, 2009
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, December 19, 2009
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday, December 13 & 20
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, January 9 (Closing Reception)
5:00pm – 8:00pm

E Street Gallery & Studio
1115 E Street
Sacramento, CA

I have a painting in the show! Many other amazing artists too.

Understanding Modern Art (The Basics)

Disclaimer: This is obviously a big subject and there are many opinions so I don’t plan on writing a big research paper about it in this blog. I just wanted to hopefully help someone who “doesn’t get modern art” to understand it a little bit more.

Music by Matisse
Music by Matisse

First of all art (especially painting) was greatly changed by the invention of the camera. There was no longer a high demand to make portraits of people so you could remember

what they looked like or to copy a landscape you didn’t want to forget. You could now just snap a picture. This gave artists freedom to explore putting their own inventions in their work like never before.

Art began to be more about the design and the composition. Instead of looking at the object in the painting the painting itself became a beautiful or interesting object. Also art could now be more expressive using invented colors to show emotion (e.g. Matisse, Chagal).

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

An example I always use is Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. Most people have seen it. I’ll put a little link to it just in case. It is gorgeous and probably the second most well known paintings ever. And when you look at it, it doesn’t really make you think, “I would love to go to the location in the painting”. Sure it might be fun to go see the view from where Van Gogh painted it but most of us would rather go to the museum and see the painting. And that is the basic idea of modern art.

So maybe you won’t see a Cy Twombly or a Pollock painting and love it now but you can start to look closer and think about the design and the colors they used. It wasn’t an accident. If you think you can make a painting just as good ….. then go for it! ha ha … That might be the only way to open your mind to the concept.

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