Are you really an Impressionistic Painter? – Original Oil Painting Blog by American Oil Painter Daryl Urig

Pissarro has something to say about this that will forever change your opinion on Impressionism and let you know if you are truly an impressionist painter.

I stumbled on “Painting Methods of the Impressionist” by Bernard Dunstan at a Half Price Books. What a find! He’s helped me get rid of misunderstandings and misinformation on Impressionist paintings. Let me know what you discover after reading this passage below.

Pissarro’s advice to a young painter, Le Bail, written about 1881: “Look for the kind of nature that suits your temperament. The motif should be observed more for shape and color than for drawing . . . precise drawing is dry and hampers the impression of the whole, it destroys all sensations.”

“Do not define too closely the outlines; it is the brushstroke of the right value and color which should produce the drawing . . . Paint the essential character of things; try to convey it by any means whatever, without bothering about technique. When painting, make a choice of subject, see what is lying at the right and left, then work on everything simultaneously. Don’t work bit by bit, but paint everything at once by placing tones everywhere, with brushstrokes of the right color and value, while noticing what is alongside. Use small strokes and try to put down your perceptions immediately. The eye should not be fixed on one point, but should take in everything, while observing the reflections which the colors produce on their surroundings. Work at the same time on sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis and unceasingly rework until you have got it. Cover the canvas at the first go, then work at it until you have nothing more to add.”

“Observe the aerial perspective, from the foreground to the horizon, the reflections of sky, of foliage. Don’t be afraid of putting on color, refine the work little by little. Don’t proceed according to rules and principles, but paint what you observe and feel. Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best not to lose the first impression. Don’t be timid in front of nature; one must be bold, at the risk of being deceived and making mistakes. One must always have only one master-nature; she is the one always to be consulted.”

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American Oil Painter Daryl Urig is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and Cincinnati Art Club. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati for over 8 years and is president of Total Media Source Inc.

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