Monday, January 17, 2011

Online Live Demonstration on

I will be doing a live demonstration on the educational art website on Saturday January 22nd, at 3 pm, pacific time.  Here is a bit of info from the website on the demo:

Composing the Studio Painting (4hrs)
This painting demonstration will cover several aspects of putting a painting together in the studio. Logan Maxwell Hagege will combine photography as well as field studies to put together a finished piece.
Topics including composition, preliminary sketches, photography, lighting, color and more will be discussed.
BROADCASTING LIVE: January 22, 2011 3 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Cost: $29.99

Here is the link to sign up for the demonstration:
I hope to see you all there!  

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Recommended Book

I often get emails from students asking where to start when they want to improve their paintings.  I will try to list some recommended books from time to time here.

Composition is such an important element to making great paintings.  So my first recommendation will be Composition of Outdoor Painting, by Edgar Payne.  

This book covers several types of compositions and gives great visual examples from several artists, besides Payne.  Though this book is geared towards outdoor painting, the composition principals apply to all types of subjects, from still life to figures.

A strong composition will help a good painting become a great painting.