Nature provides an endless variety of appealing subjects to inspire the artist. And with the versatile mediums of oil and acrylic, you can both layer transparent glazes and apply thick, luscious strokes of color for a wide range of interesting effects. In Painting: Land & Sea, artist Vernon Kerr shows you his step-by-step process for painting seascapes and landscapes in oil and acrylic, from simple sketches to the most elaborate renderings. In addition, he demonstrates how to capture the beauty of nature in all its seasons and at different times of the day, as well as the importance of making small color studies and learning the various cloud formations. You’ll also discover tips for using color effectively, with additional helpful information on composition, perspective, texture, and contrast. And along the way, you’ll learn special techniques for creating dramatic skies, luminous waves, and lush landscapes.
From rendering light and shadow to creating realism through depth and texture, aspiring artists will discover the basics of oil and acrylic painting through engaging, inspirational lessons and useful artist tips. Artists will find helpful information about selecting the right paintbrushes, supports, and paints to get started in acrylic painting. Additionally, artists will discover useful tips for using basic and special acrylic painting techniques to render textures, suggest dimension, and create effects.
The How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. With comprehensive instruction, plenty of artist tips and tricks, and beautiful artwork to inspire, Painting: Land & Sea is the perfect resource for any aspiring acrylic painter.
Vernon Kerr was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania, in 1938. Recognizing his young son's talent, his father secured an apprenticeship for him with Leon Franks. Vernon studied with Franks for four years and was an accomplished artist by age 23. His first taste of fame occurred when he was the youngest artist to be published by the International Art Publishing Company. He worked as a naval illustrator while stationed in Japan during his time in the U.S. Navy and had also won numerous awards for his portraits, marines, and still lifes before his move to Laguna Beach, California, in 1959. Vernon was a professional artist for 26 years and was internationally known for his seascapes and landscapes. He taught at his own school in Laguna Beach and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for 15 years. He once said, "Painting is not fun unless I am learning something new, and nature is my greatest teacher." Vernon passed away in 1982 at the age of 44.