Artist Ned Mueller
The Artist Says:
I love the challenge of painting outdoors and trying to capture a feeling, the changing light, the activity around me, and orchestrating it all into an interesting and beautiful arrangement of shapes and colors. I particularly enjoy painting figurescapes of people doing everyday things and in different cultures. The activity and color of a busy harbor, street scene or market can keep me creating new work for months. The feeling of being there, the sounds, the smells and the emotional connection make the freshness and spirit of plein-air painting very special. I approach my plein-air painting with two different treatments. Most often, with more time, I will try to make a complete picture, considering composition, value, color, and mood. I may do a few quick, small value thumbnails before starting my painting. Then working directly, I establish the large value, color and shape relationships and develop the overall tone of light and shadow of each form. Finally, I paint my half tones, work on edges, refine the shapes and finish up with dark accents and highlights. My second approach is used when the light is more fleeting as in a sunrise or sunset. Under such conditions, there is only enough time for a quick color relationship study. Regardless of the approach, I may make adjustments later at home. I pretty much approach my Studio work the same way, getting the big color and shape relationships down. In larger complex paintings with a lot of figures or objects I will work from as many as 10 or 20 photos and usually do a smaller color study to work out the compostion and color.
Born in Wisconsin and raised in Montana, Ned Mueller has been drawing and painting all of his life. He graduated from the prestigious Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles where he also taught drawing while still a student. His love for life and art is reflected in his superb paintings of a wide range of subjects including Portraits, Figures, Animals and Landscapes, both studio and plein air.Ned worked as an illustrator for 25 years while building a solid foundation of professionalism and has worked as a successful full time artist since 1984. He continued to enhance his knowledge and skills by taking workshops with master artists Harley Brown, Richard Schmid, Bettina Steinke, Del Gish, and Sergei Bongart. He has written several articles on painting for the Artists Magazine, is called upon to jury shows, and is a popular and enthusiastic workshop teacher around the country and abroad. He is a signature member of The Plein Air Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, The California Art Club, The Northwest Watercolor Society, Northwest Pastel Society (Distinguished Pastelist), Northwest Rendezous Society, Laguna Plein Air Painters , Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters and the American Society of Marine Artists. He is the only Northwest Artist that is designated a Master Signature Artist by the Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society.He exhibits his work in some of the finest shows and galleries in the country and has won numerous awards. He has been invited to participate in the Great American Artist Show, Artists of America Show, Plein Air Painters of America, Oil Painters of America, National Academy of Western Art, Knickerbocker Show, The Northwest Rendezvous Group, The California Art Club, The Salmagundi Club, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, Pastel Society of America, American Society of Marine Artists and the Autry Western Masters Show. He continues to challenge and improve his work on location and [...]
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