Phil Starke Studio Newsletter

JUNE 2015  ✦

Sycamores At Hackshaw Creek - oil 

Sycamores At Hackshaw Creekoil 


Hello from sunny Tucson!!!

It is really hot here in Tucson.  I can take a lot of heat, but when it hits the 115s, I make every effort to stay in the air conditioning.  I'll have to put off plein air painting for a while.   I've got plenty of studio work I need to catch up on anyway, maybe I'll finally get caught up!

I'm also in the midst of my online workshop with the Tucson Art Academy Online.  It is a full workshop and all the students are working really hard.  They're really keeping me busy turning in lots of homework for me to critique.  They're doing a great job.

I have upcoming workshops in Sheridan, Wy, August 3-7 and New York City in September, check out my website for more details.

Phil Starke
Phil Starke Studio

Less Detail, More Light

When working from photographs what stands out the most is the detail, all the small value changes.

The camera picks up everything. What doesn't always stick out is the sense of light on the landscape.

So in our painting, if our goal is to suggest the light in the landscape, I want to eliminate the detail and focus on the value relationships between the big shapes.

The detail is last and be very selective.

In the paintings below I tried to keep the shapes as large as possible with a simple light and dark in each large shape and spent most of the painting adjusting the value relationship between each large shape. Then do the same with the color temperature relationships between the shapes. The less detail I have the easier it is to get it right.

Arthur Streeton

One of Australia's best landscape artists of the late 19th century and the most successful painter of the Heidelberg School (c.1886-1900) of Australian Impressionism, Arthur Streeton is celebrated for his evocative and iconiclandscape painting, which perfectly captures the unique light and colour of the Australian countryside and outback. Although he attended classes at the National Gallery School in Melbourne under Irish-born master George Frederick Folingsby (1828–91), he remained largely self-taught, especially in oil painting. Influenced by Turner as well as the Barbizon School of landscape painting, Streeton was also strongly drawn to the loose brushwork and light-focused approach of French Impressionism, as well as its focus on plein air painting directly from nature. As a founder member of the Heidelberg School and a close friend of its leader Tom Roberts (1856-1931), Streeton painted with the group in its artist camps at Box Hill, Heidelberg and the Yarra, around Melbourne; and also at Richmond and the Hawkesbury River, Coogee Bay and Little Sirius Cove, outside Sydney. Three of his greatest masterpieces ofImpressionist landscape painting include: Fire's on Lapstone Tunnel (1891, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney), The Railway Station, Redfern (1893, Art Gallery of New South Wales), and The Purple Noon's Transparent Might (1896, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). In addition to landscapes, he also produced a few portrait paintings and self-portraits. Like Roberts, Streeton spent most of the years 1900-1924 in England, becoming an Official War Artist in 1918. His comparative lack of success abroad made no difference to his reputation in his native country, where he was seen as an icon of modern artand the foremost painter of the remote Australian landscape.

Time to Register for The New York City Workshop

Two Bonuses have been added to this year's workshop:  A Special FREE Bonus Package Of 4 Videos Will Be Handed Out At The End Of The Workshop. Each Video Will Address Different Elements Of Landscape And Plein Air Painting To Help With Further Study Following The Workshop. This Video Package Has A Value Of $200 But Will Be FREE To Participating Students Of This Workshop.  Tickets to the Metropolitan are also a bonus for the workshop.

Details are up for the 2015 New York Central Park Workshop.  The workshop has been schedule for Sept. 3, 4, 5, 6, 2015.  I've added a fourth day to the workshop with the first day being a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art where we will study the plein air and studio works of John Singer Sargent, Willard Metcalf, Corot, American and French impressionists. The goal at the museum is to glean some understanding of how these painters simplified, used values and broken color. There's a lot to learn at the Met so it's a great place to start.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be painting in beautiful Central Park. The subject matter is breathtaking with gardens, lakes, flowers and endless trees and figures. The quality of light is beautiful, whether it's sunny or cloudy.  All the details are on the New York Workshops here:  New York Central Park Workshop


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Exhibitions & Gallery Shows

Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale
September 21 - 28, 2015
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Cody, WY

Traveling The West Art Show
October 22 - 24, 2015
Southwest Gallery
Dallas, TX


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