Interpreting the Landscape with Neal Hughes

Course ID
Plein Air Landscape
Neal Hughes
This workshop has been postponed
$650 for members, $700 for nonmembers ($200 deposit)
Neal Hughes, Mim's Creek, oil

Neal Hughes, Mim’s Creek, oil

This plein air workshop is for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. We will discuss technique and various approaches to the application of the paint as well as the philosophy behind the creation of a work of art. There will be demonstrations each day and students will also have the opportunity to paint while receiving individual suggestions and instruction based on their ability and level of experience.


Topics discussed will include:

  • Why values are important and using value patterns.
  • Composition strategies and creating a focal point.
  • Using color, temperature and other design elements effectively.
  • The importance of edges.
  • Creating a good surface quality.
  • A way to simplify the process to paint quickly.
  • Dealing with changing light.

Painting is a way of interpreting the beauty that surrounds us. Good painters are able to capture the essence of that beauty in a painting. First, we must learn the basics and become proficient in the processes of painting. The goal of this workshop will be to learn to develop the necessary skills to create better paintings and to nurture each student’s unique approach; to help them to learn new ways of working while they develop their own personal interpretation of the landscape.


View Neal’s Work Here.

About the Instructor:

Neal Hughes is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and resides in the historic town of Medford, New Jersey.

Neal is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, a Signature member of Oil Painters of America, member of the Salmagundi Club, Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association and the American Impressionist Society.

A former illustrator, Neal has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work is part of the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and he has been accepted into numerous juried exhibitions including the national exhibitions of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of American, American Society of Marine Artists and the Portrait Society of America. His work has also been juried into the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and he has been a finalist at the ARC Salon numerous times.

His work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art, American Artist, American Art Collector and other Publications.

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