The secret to Burt Procter’s distinctive style might have vanished with him except that his daughter, Ginny Bohannan, has now shared an early video of her father teaching his technique. Aspiring desert artists can watch as the cowboy modernist demonstrates the patterned, nearly-abstract style that was influenced by Nicolai Fechin, but was ultimately Procter’s own.
The film was made by Allend’or productions in the 1950s and was marketed to art students at the high school level and above. An accompanying information sheet says: “The Direct Method, brought into prominence by the Impressionists, can be observed in the paintings of Monet, Vlaminick and Renoir. Burt Procter, popular Western artist, demonstrates its characteristic technique.”
For more on Procter see the article recently posted on this website: http://www.californiadesertart.com/?p=1971