Plein air landscape painting - Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes, “Loire Valley Pasture,” 2018, oil, 11 ¾ x 15 ¾ in., Available from Highlands Art Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, Plein air

In this weekly series Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of Plein Air Magazine, shares a favorite painting and artist quote from the current issue.

Kelly Kane’s Pick of the Week: Loire Valley Pasture

“When I started in the ’80s, I was unusual in that I liked to go out to paint. Nobody took painting this way seriously; it was considered old-fashioned. But it’s about learning. Michelangelo was 89 when he sculpted his last pieta, and he said something along the lines of, ‘Only now am I figuring out how to do this.’ Hokusai was a genius as far as I’m concerned, but when he was in his 70s and already a great master, he wrote that he had calculated how long he would have to live to become a great artist. His answer? 125 years old.”
— Tom Hughes, “A Student of Painting”

Read the full article in PleinAir Magazine, April/May 2020


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