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Nov 28, 2012

Yippy-Ti-Yi-Yay, I'm Ridin' Back in Town...

"Roudy's Riders, 4th of July, Telluride"
Private Commission

Okay, I admit it. I've been AWOL from the blog for a while. I was burned out after coming home from Spain, Morocco, and the Laguna Beach Invitational and I needed some time to recharge.  I haven't been sitting around in my PJs, flipping through daytime TV or anything, I just had some long delayed personal business to take care of and wanted a break.

Oh yes, I started writing a book.

I am writing a book on oil painting. It's not like there aren't already enough how-to paint books out there but this one will be mine, based on almost twenty years of teaching drawing and painting. It began as a quick and dirty bang-it-out procedural – something I thought I could knock out in a couple of weekends – but I felt guilty about taking that route and now it has ballooned into something more encompassing. I can't call it a how-to plein air painting book anymore. It crosses too many genres. So I have chosen the theme of controlling your color and the direct method of oil painting, although I don't seem able to stay on those topics either. I keep wandering off into practical color theory for artists, general art history, advanced materials and techniques, tips for painterly drawing, and managing a collector-base. But man I am having fun!

I dunno. Clearly I'm a bit ADHD.

Anyway, I'm almost finished with the first draft and will soon send it out to a few artists and conservators I respect for comment and mark-up. I also plan to post an excerpt or two on this blog in December. So I had better get busy knocking out the graphics, illustrations, and demos to support the text over the next few months. Hopefully thing will see the light of day in Spring. We'll see.

If any of you readers have a topic to include, or a question you want answered by this book, shoot me an email. I'm not running short on the word count but there is always room for more if I believe it will help the reader.

Email me your thoughts here.

And finally, I will post two indoor alla prima workshops next week. The first one will be taught in Southern Oregon in this January. The second one will be taught in Portland, Oregon, in early March. I've also been asked to teach a couple more down in Southern California but they haven't been put the calendar yet. So check back here next week. All classes will be limited to 12 participants to guarantee quality one-on-one time with the instructor.

It's good to be back in the saddle again...


2 reader comments:

Mary said...

Anyone considering it should take his class. Thomas is an awesome teacher. I still can't believe how much I learned from him in a week.

Thomas Jefferson Kitts said...

Thank you Mary. It was a pleasure working with you. I hope your experiences with oils are going well.