What They're Saying...
I took it to our plein air group meeting and it was received with happy sounds. It's already loaned to a member ... the group was impressed and pleased with it. And this is not an easy group to impress. - Kitty Wallis
In the tradition of Rick Steve’s “less is more” guides for the traveler, Michael Chesley Johnson’s Backpacker Painting offers painters excellent guidelines for carrying the lightest load possible without sacrificing any of the necessary tools for a successful plein air experience. As well, the instruction Michael offers on limited (and lightweight!) palettes that can meet the color mixing needs of the landscape is sure to benefit artists looking to reduce the quantity of materials and time required to prepare for a painting trip. - Briana Ragone-Ball, Gamblin Artists Colors
Friday, February 1, 2008
Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel won't be your usual instruction book. Although it will cover fundamentals, the main goal is to cover advanced topics, especially as they relate to what I call "extreme portability" in plein air painting. It'll be packed with plenty of information and demonstrations.
In addition to the book, I am working on a companion DVD. This hour-long disc will have two demonstrations, one in oil and the other in pastel. I expect to have both parts of the project completed sometime this summer.
One aspect of the book that is very important is the products presented. I wanted to make sure that I recommend only those that I use personally in my painting. I am fortunate enough to have support from Ampersand Art Supply (Gessobord), Gamblin Artist Colors (oil paints and mediums), Guerrilla Painter (pochade boxes and accessories), Mount Vision Pastels (pastels) , Kitty Wallis (sanded pastel papers) and Heilman Designs (pastel box and more.) You can find links to their sites in the column to the left of this page.
As of this post, the book is about half-written and shooting has begun on the videos. I'll post more news as it develops!