Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ken Backhaus Demonstration

Here is one of two demonstrations that Ken Backhaus has posted on his website. It takes you through the steps from block-in to finished painting, with comments at each stage describing what he was focusing on.

Ken has been a plein air painter for twenty-five years. His aim is to find visual interest in subjects (an arresting combination of shapes, value or colors) and to portray it with confident brushstrokes, a sense of light and atmosphere, and enough left unsaid to keep viewers engaged.

"My approach or technique to the painting process is first to trust my eyes and not my mind. Through years of media corruption; TV, print media, advertisements, etc. our minds want to take over and paint the scene with some of those bright gaudy colors that we have become use to seeing in the media."

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