Painting without Fear: A Plein Air Workshop
“We do well the things we see already painted in our mind’s eye.” – Charles Hawthorne
Study the landscape by applying the fundamental concepts and techniques of plein air painting. We choose our subject by squinting to see the large mass, the “value” and its design graphically. Working with the mass, or, spots of color, one next to the other, we will allow ourselves to study color, atmosphere, and composition without getting caught up in the literalness of the subject or its details. Working quickly trains us to keep pace with the ever-changing landscape, to trust our instincts, and to be spontaneous. Working together, we will create paintings that are honest and fresh. Please come prepared with a plein air easel and the limited palette listed in my material list. The limited palette suggested is perfect warm/cool choices of the primary colors whether you are a beginner or novice painter. Feel free to bring your favorite painting materials as well, as familiarity is important.