Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thunder on the Prairie

Hello Everyone,

Below is a painting I have been working on for several weeks. Inspired by my time on the western prairies in South Dakota and Wyoming, Thunder on the Prairie shows the power of nature represented in both the bison and the approaching storm. The drama of the scene is heightened by the lighting strike in the distance.

Contact me at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire about the availability of this painting. See more at www.JasonTako.com


Thunder on the Prairie
Oil on linen, 18"x24"
$3,000, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Detail of Thunder on the Prairie
Very subtle color and tonal shifts in the grasses were built up with layers of brushstrokes.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Paintings and Upcoming Classes

Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well. I have been working on some new paintings, a few of which are below. If you would like to add any of these beautiful works to your collection, let me know at Jason@JasonTako.com.

Also, my class at the York Art Association on painting wildlife and landscape begins on September 10th and runs through November 12th, every Wednesday from 12:30-3:30pm. This class will focus on painting landscape and wildlife. The student can choose which subject they would like to focus on, or they can focus on how to incorporate an animal into a landscape and make it look natural. To sign up contact the York Art Association at 717-755-0028. I hope to see you there. See more at www.JasonTako.com


Aluminum Barn
Oil on linen panel, 9x12
$1000, framed

Blue Harbor
Oil on linen panel, 11x14
$1,200, framed

Eastern Harbor
Oil on linen panel, 8x10
$500, framed
Sale Pending.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Workshop next week!

Some people can paint, but when it comes to teaching another how to paint they may give a demonstration with few, if any words about their thought process and technique, then they will proceed to let you paint and pass you by with a few words of encouragement. You may go home inspired, but no better an artist than when you first arrived.

If this has been your experience, and you want to really learn the fundamentals of good art, as well as the advanced techniques that will make you a better artist, then I invite you to consider one of these three options:
I will be having a three-day workshop Capturing the Landscape Quickly at the York Art Association next week, August 21-23. Learn how plein air artists capture a landscape in a matter of a few hours. Learn the techniques used as well as equipment and tricks of the trade. Contact the YAA at 717-755-0028 to sign up.

If you want to put your artistic progress on the fast track, then Private Instruction, in my studio or in the field is for you. Personal assessment of your work, one on one instruction, flexible schedules, focus on your favorite subject matter are just a few of the things private instruction has to offer. Go to JasonTako.com/Workshops.html to learn more.

Do you live far away or have limited time, or perhaps you have a particular painting that you would like to have looked over by an experienced eye before you show it to the public? I offer Online Instruction to help you improve the quality of your work and your knowledge of painting. See more at JasonTako.com/Workshops.html

Are the workshops and private instruction worth the cost? Will they help you become a better artist? See comments below from some of my students. If you are interested in becoming a better artist, contact me at Jason@JasonTako.com

"Jason Tako is not only a superb landscape and wildlife artist; he is also an exceptional teacher. I began taking lessons with Jason as a supplement to classes I am taking in a Masters of Fine Art Degree program.  I could not be happier with Jason’s ability to communicate his in depth knowledge of painting fundamentals including elements of composition, value structure, color harmony and mixing, subtleties of light, brushwork techniques and intricacies of plein air painting. Working with Jason has given new direction to my painting and his passion for painting and the creative process is a joy to see and experience, and I look forward to each and every lesson." -J. Swenson, Arlington, VA

"I just wanted to say thanks so much for a great experience. I learned so many new things and you were so easy to work with." -Mark Pimentel, New Hampshire


"As the vice president of the Waterfowl Festival, I am writing to inquire if you would consider doing another oil painting class at the 2014 Waterfowl Festival. Last year's participants gave you rave reviews and we would love to have you teach a class again this year." -Edward L. Delaney, Ph.D. and Vice President of the Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Maryland


"Perfect mix of teaching and demonstrating, great assisting!" -Anonymous review from student at the Masterclass Workshop Waterfowl Festival 2013


"I learned more from you in 10 minutes that from multiple workshops with other instructors." -Anonymous review from student at the Masterclass Workshop Waterfowl Festival 2013


"Your critiques have been very helpful. I'm excited about using this knowledge on my next painting." -Paulo, Online Student



Nautical Patterns, 11x14 quick draw from Door County Plein Air. Painted from start to finish in two hours.

Jason painting Nautical Patterns in Door County.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Painting Water in Door County

Hello Everyone,

I recently returned from Door County Plein Air and I must say Door County was an incredible place to paint. They had everything from barns to nautical scenes to store fronts to aspen woodlands. I even took a chance and painted my daughters playing on the beach, a subject I normally don't attempt these days. Below are a couple of the paintings I did from the event-which are sold, as well as a new painting that is available. I hope you enjoy and please consider adding an original Jason Tako painting to your collection. See more at www.JasonTako.com.

Lake Michigan Sunrise
oil on linen panel, 9x12
$1,000, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Nautical Patterns (Completed in 2 hours during the quick draw)
oil on linen panel, 11x14
SOLD

Jason during the quick draw painting Nautical Patterns.


Beach Girls
oil on linen panel, 12x9
SOLD

Jason painting his daughters on the shore of Lake Michigan.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Paintings

Hello Everyone,

Here are two new paintings available. Soft & Silent is based on a previous study that is already sold. It takes the viewer into a quiet, winter landscape right after a freshly fallen snow. The eye moves down the stream over elegant detail expressed with a sophisticated variety of textures created with both brush strokes and palette knife.

Evening Winter Patterns is a small plein air painting that can be hung almost anywhere in your home. It shows a barn in evening light with melting snow creating interesting diagonal patterns which are echoed in the shape of the barn roof. Be sure to add either painting to your collection.

Door County Plein Air begins next week. Come and watch me paint live at this prestigious event. And don't forget to visit Highlands Art Gallery in Lambertville, NJ to see some of my latest work. Also, see more of my work at www.JasonTako.com

Soft & Silent
Oil on linen 18"x24"
$3,000, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Evening Winter Patterns
Oil on panel, 6"x8"
SOLD!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Gallery!!

Hello Everyone,

I have great news!! I will now be represented by Highlands Art Gallery in the state of New Jersey and the Buck's County area. Located in Lambertville, NJ, Highlands Art Gallery is a very prestigious gallery representing some of the top landscape artists in the nation. Currently, Highlands Art Gallery is exhibiting their Vacation Destinations Show celebrating favorite vacation areas across the country. In September will be a show celebrating 300 years of art in historic Hunterdon County, and October 25th marks the beginning of their Art of Autumn Show. Be sure to check out the website of this great gallery.

Just a reminder that Door County Plein Air begins next week. Come watch me paint live and see all the new work I and other top plein air artists will be creating. The Gala Auction will be, Friday, July 25th from 6:30-9pm at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. I hope to see you there. See more at www.JasonTako.com.

Autumn Maple
Oil on linen, 24x50, $7,700
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Country Snow
Oil on linen, 18x24, $3,000
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Teal in Morning Mist
Oil on linen, 18x24, $3,000
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Teton Aspens
Oil on linen panel, 9x12, $1,000
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Yellowstone Morning
Oil on linen, 24x30, $5,000
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Leaning Into the Light
Oil on linen panel, 11x14, $1,200
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Ozark Mountain Barn
Oil on linen, 12x24, $2,500
Contact Highlands Art Gallery at 908-766-2720 to inquire.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Door County Plein Air

Hello Everyone!

Door County Plein Air is just around the corner. This is the first time I've been invited to this prestigious event, and I'm looking forward to painting in my native Midwest. They call Door County the "Cape Cod of the Midwest." If you are close to this area come and watch me paint starting July 20 and enjoy a nice vacation in a beautiful area. Along with watching the nation's top plein air artists at work, there will be lectures on art, food, music, and the Collector's Preview Party. On Saturday, July 26th there will be a Dockside Quick Draw. For more information go to www.doorcountypleinair.com/home.html. I hope to see you there.

Below are a couple beautiful paintings that are available. I will also be announcing a New Gallery in a week! Thanks and I'll talk to you soon.

Study for Last Light
Oil on canvas, 12x16
$1,500, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.

Ole Rusty
Oil on linen panel 11x14
$1,200, framed.
Contact Jason at Jason@JasonTako.com to inquire.