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Would you like to learn how to use Thomas Kegler's master techniques to paint a breathtaking studio painting that will leave your viewers awestruck?
And you don't have to have talent to paint. That comes from training.
In fact, in the words of our publisher, B. Eric Rhoads, if you can follow a recipe and bake a cake, you can learn to paint. Because painting is a process.
Thomas Kegler's lifetime goal as a painter was to master the techniques used by renowned Hudson River School painters of the 19th century. Entirely self-taught, Kegler felt a special connection to these artists and their techniques, but after years of trial and error, he was unable to give his paintings the feeling captured by these historically important painters.
Tramping through endless woods with his easel on his back, Kegler sought out the very locations where important Hudson River paintings were crafted. Returning time and again, he sketched the locations, then painted plein air studies, trying to understand and capture the nuances and subtleties of distant mountains, mist-filled atmosphere, and lush forests. A scientist at heart, Kegler kept detailed notes on every process he attempted, experimenting with colors, glazing, underpaintings, and mediums in order to understand and ultimately capture the same feel created by these masters.
After a decade of study, Kegler had reproduced what he felt were the masters' rich yet tasteful greens, the subtle reds of the pine needles they depicted on the ground cover, and their approach to drawing, well rendered but not "too perfect." Finally, he had mastered the techniques.
Yet Thomas became uncomfortable. He had an itch. He could not, in his mind, justify not finding a way to master the falls as the artists who came before him had. It was the one thing he felt he had to do in his life to feel he had reached the pinnacle as a modern Hudson River School painter. He had to master the falls.
Living nearby, Thomas would visit the falls as often as he could get away from his responsibilities as a husband and father and a high school teacher. He would gaze at the falls for hours, trying to figure out how to capture the scene. He looked from every angle, he made hundreds of sketches, and he did plein air studies of various parts of the falls in every imaginable weather and light condition. It had become his all-consuming passion as an artist.
Documenting it all on video, Thomas finished the painting, which was immediately met with national acclaim and now hangs temporarily in the Castellani Art Museum near the falls. Though it will eventually find a home in a major U.S. museum or in the hands of a leading collector, it is a sight to see, and one of the most spectacular accomplishments of any American artist in history.