Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Eastsound area, Orcas Island

There are lots of hazards to painting out of doors, but much to be gained.  Seeing what is really there in light and shadow and color helps you to grow as an artist. How to do it without being defeated by the problems is the focus of this day, and the challenge of any day working plein air.

Keep it simple. This goes for your equipment and for what you choose to paint. To avoid biting off too much it is wise to spend some time getting familiar with the location and taking in what is there. When you zero in on a subject you need to a) get comfortable, b) do a plan or study of your idea (some demonstration of this), c) draw it up on your paper.

Simplify your painting technique.  Outdoor painting tends include more direct painting. Your plan helps you to not chase the sun and remember the shadows that interested you. If you choose a wet-on-wet start, get that down before lunch and take a break while the start dries. We will review several ways of doing direct painting and a possible choice is to do color studies and get to more subjects.

There will be several short demonstrations of the steps to a painting — not too long so there is plenty of time for you to work on your painting.

This is a one-day workshop in a delightful setting that helps you with the problems of painting  plein air. Not to be missed.

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