Plein Air Painting with Oils by Haidee-Jo Summers

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Plein Air Painting with Oils by Haidee-Jo Summers is a practical and inspiring guide to painting outdoors. It is fantastic for artists looking to take on the challenge of painting with oils en plein air. Haidee-Jo introduces the topic with freshness and vibrancy and gives invaluable, down-to-earth advice.

With instruction from an award-winning author, Plein Air Painting with Oils explores all there is to know about plein air painting. Haidee-Jo discusses the appeal of working outside with oils, as well as the immense benefits it can bring to your personal well-being. This title includes an overview of the techniques she employs to paint en plein air and encourages artists to invest light, motion and life into their work.

The book includes numerous inspirational examples of Haidee-Jo's work alongside step-by-step demostrations. It is a comprehensive, expert guide to the opportunities, challenges and fun of painting in an outdoor setting, as well as providing insight into this artist's dynamic process.

176 page paperback. 216x280 mm.


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  • Foreword 6
  • An introduction to painting outdoors 8
  • Choosing a subject 12
  • Getting outside: equipment and supplies 18
  • Painting outside: The bigger picture 32
  • Chasing the light: alla prima 44
  • Step-by-step Improving your visual memory 52
  • Slowing down: painting over multiple sessions 62
  • Colour and your palette 70
  • Step-by-step: Fog and Ruby Chard 80
  • Design and impact: composing your artwork 84
  • Step-by-step: Free Range Hens at Low Bradfield 96
  • Step-by-step: Waterfall 106
  • Still life en plein air 108
  • Step-by-step: Log Pile 114
  • Painting in daylight 118
  • Step-by-step: Pink Cherry Blossom Against the Sky 124
  • Step-by-step: Beyond the Gate 132
  • Working with the weather 140
  • Painting around people 152
  • Exploring further: working in the studio 170
  • Afterword 174
  • Index 176
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Haidee-Jo Summers is an award-winning artist whose work has appeared in exhibitions worldwide. Oils are her preferred medium, though she has taught in many different media, on subjects ranging from gardens to portraits. Hooked on plein air painting, Haidee-Jo paints anywhere, no matter how busy or crowded the setting, how complex the scene or how difficult the weather.

Since graduating from De Montfort University in 1994, Haidee-Jo has received many awards for her work and been elected to membership of the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters and Royal Society of Marine Artists. Her work, which features fresh and vibrant brushwork coupled with keen drawing and observational skills, has an international following. She is an editorial consultant for The Artist magazine and her first book on oil painting, Vibrant Oils, was published in 2017.

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