Preparing for Plein Air



Painting “en plein air” is difficult. It can intimidate even the most experienced painter. This workshop will focus on methods to increase your chance of success and, in turn, your enjoyment.  It is designed for the serious beginner with painting experience and the intermediate level painter wanting further experience.


Typically, the workshop is 3-5 days. We begin with a presentation on the fundamentals for creating strong paintings: working with colour, values, shape and form, linear and areal perspective, and composition.  We will build the habit of strong advanced planning. We will cover equipment and supplies.


I will demo in either water-mixable oil or acrylic and we will do exercises together.  Each afternoon you will work on you own with supervision focusing on subject selection, planning and making a strong start. We learn through repetition – for plein air that means many small paintings repeating the process until it becomes a habit - and good painting is built on good habits. 


Next Scheduled: Blue Mountain School of Landscape Painting.  June 19-23, 2017   Collingwood/Thornbury Ontario.


In this particular five day workshop we will work together indoors for the first two days, focusing on planning and decision making leading to strong compositions. The last three days will be spent on location - and Thornbury has some great location.