Learn to paint on location…This plein air workshop is taught by two artists painting the same scene to give students a comprehensive understanding of both mediums, oil and watercolor, and guidance about how and why to choose a particular scene to paint. Learning the concepts of plein air painting can help students develop paintings with greater vibrancy, atmosphere, depth and sense of light.
Learning these concepts in oil and watercolor will help students understand how the creative process transcends the medium and how developing this flexibility will help them find their voice as painters. While each medium has its own nature, the commonality is creativity and design. In the end we hope students will develop broken color, fresh brushwork, immediacy and spontaneity in their paintings . We will also focus on highlighting the point of interest, eliminating unnecessary details, and designing an interesting composition that will keep the viewer in the painting.
In this workshop students will work on at least one painting on location from start to finish with guided instruction.
Howard and Lisa will each paint a demo side by side in the morning so that all of you will be able to see how we individually approach laying in a landscape as well as answer questions as we paint. We have learned a lot from watching other artists work and think you will find it helpful. After the demo, we will help you set up, then each of you will work on your own paintings with instruction as you go.
We will start with a demo for those who are interested. You can finish your painting from Day 1, paint small studies or start another painting. In the afternoon, as you continue to work on your paintings, this can be where you start to see real progress. We will give you tips and techniques to help you improve composition, value, and to create paintings that capture the atmosphere of the scene. At the end of the day we will have a critique where we look at all your work and discuss what you have accomplished.