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 depending on the particular workshop and we will do exercises together. 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: Bear Valley Highlands near Vernon BC. April 28-30, 2018.
In this particular three day workshop we will work together indoors for the first day focusing on planning and decision making leading to strong compositions. The last two days will be spent on location - in this beautiful location.
Blue Moutain School of Landscape Painting, Thornbury, Ontario
June 11-15 , 2018
Five Day workshop. First day working indoors on the fundamentals and approaches to planning. We paint together. The next four days are on location. A great selection of rural locations.