On Thursday my signed copy of James Gurney's book "Color and Light" arrived. I am so excited! Since we live in Japan media mail takes some time to arrive so I've been eagerly awaiting its arrival since late July. I immediately began flipping through and skimming the pages and was blown away by so much information! I'm hooked! Each page is filled with information, techniques and observations that I never knew. If you haven't read Color and Light I can now (along with everyone else) personally highly recommend it!
I've been working through a painting I started just a few days ago. The color wasn't feeling quite right and I was stuck. After finding several sections in Color and Light, one in particular about skies, I felt inspired. In under an hour what had previously been, to me, an unexciting and slightly muddled painting I'm happy to say it is now progressing in the right direction.
It's theses profound "aha" moments that make being a student of art so rewarding. Thankfully I doubt they will ever cease as I don't really think we can "arrive" and stop learning.