I met Joe McGurl at Weekend With the Masters about two years ago. That was our in person meeting. I had actually interviewed him a few months earlier. In preparation for that interview Joe and I talked on the phone a couple times. With each discussion, it became apparent that Joe’s passion for art was not only limited to his own paintings, but to the ideas that art is beauty. Over these two years, I have come to appreciate all that Joe does to raise the bar of art and art education. I warn you now, his passion is contagious and you’ll be saying “YES!” to much of what he says. I look forward to studying with Joe at Art of the Carolinas in November. Join me for his two workshops, but hurry these will sell out! Click here to check out his upcoming workshops.
Elements of Nature from
Field to Studio with Joseph McGurl
Date: October 2, 2014 1:30 pm Eastern
A little background on Joe:
Joseph McGurl’s paintings have been included in several museum exhibitions in Massachusetts, New York, California, and Rhode Island as well as being exhibited in several group museum exhibitions which traveled throughout the country. McGurl has been designated a Living Master by the Art Renewal Center in New York. He has been elected to the Guild of Boston Artists and is a Copley Master with the Copley Society of Boston, a fellow with the American Society of Marine Artists, and a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America. His awards include the Guild of Boston Artists Gold Medallion and the John Singleton Copley Award for Artistic Achievement. He also received a Purchase Award, First Place in Landscape, and the Plein Air MagazineAward at the 2012-2013 Art Renewal Center International Salon.
Art Chat show description:
Rendering the elements is one of the most difficult aspects of landscape painting — how to make a tree look like a tree and a cloud look like a cloud. To solve this problem, Joe has developed many techniques to replicate in paint the characteristics of the objects found in nature. Our discussion will focus on various skills Joe uses in the field and also indoors to create masterful and gorgeous landscape paintings. We discuss the sight size method, more skillful use of the palette knife and brushes, manipulating the paint by varying its viscosity, a few unique tools that Joe has found extremely useful. We will also discuss color, value, composition, light, and many other issues relating to the world of art. Joe’s studio landscapes originate in his imagination, his memory, or from referring to his plein air landscape sketches. He never uses photography. We discuss some of Joe’s techniques of capturing plein air landscape by using his effective methods he employs to transform it into a larger scale studio painting. We will also discuss how understanding the physical aspects of nature can aid in your depiction of the landscape in paint.