Art Chat

Elements of Nature from Field to Studio-October 2nd

lfisler : September 25, 2014 5:27 pm : AMO Art Chat

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

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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.

The Snowmakers


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.

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  1. I want to thank you for your interviews, I found your podcasts last summer, and have followed you ever since.

    There is a quietness and respectfulness in your interview style which makes it very easy to concentrate and absorb the information in the interview.

    I am hoping you will have followup interviews with many of the people, I just listened to Quang Ho, he and David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Jeff Watts, CW Mundy, Kevin McPhearson…very good. The way David, Sherrie, Jeff and Quang were able to impart information in such a short time, was amazing.

    Keep up the good work.
    Thank you again.
    Marsha Lehmann

    • Dear Marsha,
      Thank you so much for you wonderful comments and for following the show. I appreciate your compliments very much. I’m also very honored that these wonderful master artists have been so giving and willing to do the show. Their generosity and artists like you who listen keep us doing what we’re doing. In this internet age it is hard to know how folks are feeling about what you are doing–except for the numbers of listeners that keep returning to listen, so I’m very happy to hear that you are finding them so useful. We’ve got some great shows scheduled in the coming months and we do plan to follow up with a number of artists to have them on the show again.

      It truly is my pleasure and honor to do the show.
      Thank you again.

  2. I recently found your wonderful art Chat’s channel. You had mentioned an interview with Sherry Mcgraw and David Leffel regarding edges and although I have looked, I have been unable to find this particular interview. I was wondering if it took place and if not, do you plan on maybe conducting this interview in the future? Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much Linda! I really enjoy listening to your show, they are so informative!

    • Thank you Tammy! I’m so happy that you find the shows informative. They are so much fun to do and I’m very honored that the artists on the show are so generous.
      Thanks again!

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