Profile: Carl Bretzke
If you've ever looked at and tried to understand a CT scan or MRI or any medical imaging, it becomes clear that the radiologist who deciphers these media must have focused and keen visual acuity. Carl Bretzke was trained as a Interventional Radiologist and worked in the field for many years, but his minor in college was Fine Art. He kept his artistic passion alive until he was able to retire early from his medical career and devote himself to his painting. His paintings reflect the sharp observation of a scientist and the perceptive sensibility of an artist. His work has been exhibited nationally and he has won multiple First Place, Best of Show and Artists' Choice Awards in plein air competitions. Bretzke wrote to us about the intertwining of his two careers into his full-time work as an artist and his processes for painting changing light and nocturnes.
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Nocturnes - A Primer on Night Painting
Filled with inspirational examples by the masters of nightime painting, this little book is sure to fire up your creative energies. Never tried painting at night? We show you how it's done with a step-by-step-oil demo and a tale of night painting in the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Primer on Night Painting - Nocturnes is a 7 x 7" PDF download with 40 pages of text and images. It includes a gallery of paintings by masters of the nocturne, information to inspire and encourage you in your plein air nocturne painting, an illustrated step-by-step demo and tips for working in pastel and oil. Also available in a softcover edition. Check out the tools and other products that we use in our own art and travels in The Artist's Road Store. We only offer things for sale that we enthusiastically believe in.