Craig Winkel, keen observer, used color to highlight and bring a painting alive. He was deeply engrossed in studying the techniques of the old masters and aspired to being a classical realist painter after many years as a plein air artist.
He was a humble artist, but with coaxing he offered these tips for aspiring artists:
- Squint to get values.
- Recognize the anatomy of shadow; any shadow you see has color, but the shadow has different parts.
- In painting human faces, skin isn’t anything like your brain wants to tell you it is.
- Always trust your eye rather than what your brain tells you.