Impressionism

Why Broken Color Is So Effective for Painting the Landscape

By Dan Scott / May 28, 2022 / Comments Off on Why Broken Color Is So Effective for Painting the Landscape

​I often write about the broken color technique. Which basically refers to using a brush or palette knife to create a patchwork of distinct, interwoven colors. You’ll see it up close in many of the top Impressionist paintings. Like Claude Monet’s Haystacks. Or Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Chestnut Tree in Bloom. Claude Monet, Haystacks, 1891 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, … Read more

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Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022

On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

By Dan Scott / May 27, 2022 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Maryvale, Overcast

(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) Let’s take a look at how I painted Maryvale, Overcast. It’s a simple landscape with rich greens, dark trees, and a moody sky.  Dan Scott, Maryvale, Overcast, 2022 Reference … Read more

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Two Sisters (On the Terrace), 1881

How to Paint Like Pierre-Auguste Renoir

By Dan Scott / April 14, 2022 / 56 Comments

“For me … a painting should be something to cherish, joyous and pretty, yes pretty!” Pierre-Auguste Renoir Let’s take a look at how to paint like Pierre-Auguste Renoir. I’ve never been much a fan of Renoir’s work. That was until I saw one of his paintings at the European Masters exhibition. A Young Girl With … Read more

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Dan Scott, Caloundra, Shimmering Light, 2022

On the Easel: Caloundra, Shimmering Light

By Dan Scott / April 8, 2022 / Comments Off on On the Easel: Caloundra, Shimmering Light

(My “On the Easel” posts give you a behind-the-scenes look at what I am working on, what went well, what went wrong, and things I learn.) Below is Caloundra, Shimmering Light. It depicts a high-contrast scene, with the shadowed foreground framing the shimmering Caloundra estuary. Dan Scott, Caloundra, Shimmering Light, 2022 Reference Photo Here’s the … Read more

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Claude Monet, Haystack, 1891

Claude Monet – Master of Color and Light

By Dan Scott / September 20, 2021 / 60 Comments

“Monet is just an eye, but God, what an eye.” Paul Cézzane on Claude Monet If you forced me to choose an all-time favorite artist, I would have to go with Claude Monet. Discovering his work led me down an endless rabbit hole of color, light, and the challenge of capturing life’s fleeting effects on … Read more

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Vincent van Gogh, Garden Coin With Butterflies, 1887 (Movement)

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies

By Dan Scott / July 30, 2021 / 57 Comments

Let’s take a closer look at Vincent van Gogh’s Grass and Butterflies. I’m always impressed at how well van Gogh was able to inject life into even the most simple subjects. There’s a sense of movement and activity about it. I’ll cover: Vibrating Colors Light and Shadow (Value) Brushwork, Movement, and Texture Key Points of … Read more

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Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888

A Closer Look at Vincent van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night

By Dan Scott / March 26, 2021 / 83 Comments

Let’s take a look at Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Café Terrace at Night. I’ll cover: Key Facts and Ideas Striking Contrast and Color in the Night Value (Light and Shadow) Brushwork and Outlining Composition Key Takeaways Vincent Van Gogh, Café Terrace at Night, 1888 Van Gogh describes it well: “On the terrace, there are little figures … Read more

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Erin Hanson, Aspen Forest, 2020

Interview With “Open Impressionism” Artist Erin Hanson

By Dan Scott / March 8, 2021 / 84 Comments

I wrote about Erin Hanson’s work in a recent email. It was a popular one. She’s a remarkable landscape artist based in California. Her work has a distinct style she calls “Open Impressionism”. I’m pleased to have her answer a few questions about her life, philosophy, and work. Erin Hanson, Tahoe Dawn, 2018 Q: I … Read more

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Impressionism - Claude Monet, Rock in Dieppe, 1882

Wise Words From the Impressionists

By Dan Scott / March 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Wise Words From the Impressionists

The top Impressionists have inspired me since my late teens. Not just for their beautiful paintings, but also their outlook on life, art, and their constant search for light, color, and life’s fleeting moments. Below are some of my favorite Impressionist quotes. There are some wise words here. Mary Cassatt, Little Girl In A Blue … Read more

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Camille Pissarro, Road, 1864

Camille Pissarro – A Closer Look at His Life and Art

By Dan Scott / November 30, 2019 / 54 Comments

“It is absurd to look for perfection.” Camille Pissarro In this post, I take a closer look at his interesting life and art of Camille Pissarro. His work is colorful, adventurous, and played a pivotal role in the development and popularity of Impressionism. However, he is often overshadowed by fellow artist and friend, Claude Monet. … Read more

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