PleinAir Art Podcast 68:

George Van Hook is a “lifelong plein air, still life, and figurative painter” who grew up in post WWII baby boom Philadelphia. With parents who were heavily engaged in the arts, he and his siblings were encouraged to pursue art as a career.

Van Hook’s seventh grade teacher introduced him to the practice of copying the Masters; this began to solidify his trek toward professional painting. Later, during his college years, he traveled to Europe, where he continued copying art that he wanted to emulate. In this PleinAir Art Podcast, Van Hook suggests that students even copy only sections of a specific artwork, which can be just as important as the entire image. He adds that “form and light, and the way light releases form, is what every plein air painter wants to understand.”

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