November 2017 marked the eighth year since the publication of my book, Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio Practice, and the launch of this blog. In my first post of the new year, I thought I would look back at the most popular (and my favorite) posts from the past eight years. I measured popularity by the number of comments it received and the number of visits (as reported to me by Google Analytics). Here then are eight for eight, the top posts from the past eight years.
Close to my heart are the posts about notan, and this one remains the most popular by far. The video featured here received over 38,000 views on YouTube. I also have a feature-length article on notan, with supporting illustrations: The Wisdom of Notan – A Brief Introduction.
This post, featuring rare footage of Monet painting, received near record comments. If you haven’t seen Monet paint, this will be a real treat. It’s just a 2.5 minute video, and unbelievably inspiring! I offer commentary at various points.
This post didn’t receive the most hits, but it should have! I consider this topic to be one of most important of the 70+ posts here. This essential lesson in Impressionist theory still defines the way contemporary landscape painters approach color. Versions of this post appeared both in my book and in the September 2012 issue of Artists & Illustrators. I’ll be offering a workshop in June: The Contemporary Impressionist Landscape.
As a great proponent of underpainting,, I was’t surprised that this post got so many visits. I’ll be offering a workshop in April: Landscape Painting: Smart Starts Using Underpainting to Build Value, Composition and Color.
My “travel journal” from my 2015 trip to Italy brought in quite a few comments. My excitement was contagious! This post features beautiful videos of the Umbrian countryside and a compilation of Italian church bells.
This post, near and dear to my heart, sums up my philosophy about landscape painting: the entire process is better managed when broken down into four logical steps.
Much to my surprise, this post received the second largest number of comments of any post. Its popularity is a testament to how painters thirst for this information.
If painters were thirsty for information about framing, they were positively dehydrated over varnishing. This post got the most hits of all, 25. I still get questions from readers about varnishing.