It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note,
the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment. John Constable
I decided to begin painting landscapes in earnest this past summer, and challenged myself to complete fifty landscape paintings by the end of 2021. To date, I have completed twenty-five, mostly in watercolor and acrylic, but two in oil. I have enjoyed the project so much that my 2022 New Year’s Resolution List will have to include another landscape challenge: twenty-five seascape and twenty-five cityscape paintings.
The books pictured above and listed below have served as wonderful sources of inspiration. I found most of them in the library or online. I like buying used books, especially art books. New art books are beautiful, but very expensive, and if they are too precious, I tend not to open them. So my second personal challenge has been to find instructive art books in the various used-book sales that the surrounding libraries and bookstores have, and never to spend more than $10 on any book.
- Masters of 17th Century Dutch Landscape Painting by Peter C. Sutton (Exhibition catalog)
- Turner In The North by David Hill
- Unknown Terrain: The Landscapes of Andrew Wyeth byBeth Venn and Adam D. Weinberg
- American Watercolors From The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Forward by John K. Howat
- Jean-François Millet by Alexandra R. Murphy
- Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces at the Musée D’Orsay, Forward by Michel Laclotte
- Joan Eardley by Fiona Pearson
- The Age of American Impressionism, Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, ed. Judith A. Barter
- Baltic Light, Early Open-Air Painting in Denmark and North Germany by Catherine Johnston, et. al
- The Hudson River School, The landscape of Bierstadt, Cole, Church, Durand, Heade by Louise Minks
- Bonus: Corot by Jean Leymarie