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Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition

This video is about Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition with Plein Air artist and PBS host of The Grand View, Stefan Baumann talks to a workshop on how to create and abstract foundation as a base to build a realistic oil painting.

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Creating The Light in Your Paintings

This video is about Turning On The Light in Your Paintings to produce a composition that is more powerful. Stefan Baumann hose of the Plein Air painting show on Public Television The Grand View talk to his students, if you want a free book on painting go to www.StefanBaumann.com

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Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air

Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air

Unlike most artists, plein air painters abandon their studios, pack up their paints, brushes, canvas boards and easels to paint in the countryside where they capture their subjects and compositions direct from nature. This year many artists are preparing to travel to Tucson, Arizona for the Fifth Annual Plein Air Convention where hundreds of plein air artists will congregate, share ideas and paint together. But not so fast………

Before painting outdoors, at home, or at the Convention, it is a good practice to hone your skills by painting still life in your studio. The saying “use it or lose it” can be applied to painting. Just like any athlete or musician who prepares for an event or concert, artists benefit from practicing before they paint outdoors at a major plein air event. Attending an event like the Plein Air Convention creates excitement, anxiety and frustration, especially for artists who are attending for the first time. Taking the time to prepare yourself in your studio by painting still life subjects before the event refreshes your skills, helps you see value and color, and sharpens your visual and drawing abilities.

Painting from life is the same whether you are painting a tea cup or a cactus. Painting a still life allows time to rethink how to see and how to apply paint to create effects. It also tunes up drawing skills to create correct perspective and proportion, and sharpens color mixing and painting application skills in an environment that is controlled and comfortable. Composition ideas can be designed before going out to paint at the event to insure a sense of readiness when the “Paint Out” hour arrives and it is time to apply all the new and interesting insights that you have practiced as well as what you learn from other artists throughout the week.

Sharpening your skills before the event is a good way to prepare for the Plein Air Convention. Everything that you might encounter visually at the Conventions sites can be practiced by painting still life in the studio. By using the correct application of paint, the right values, the correct temperatures of the subject, the best consistency of the paint, and the right colors, an artist can transform a three dimensional image that is viewed and painted by brush on a one dimensional canvas surface into a two dimensional painting that is believable to the viewer. It takes practice to acquire the skills needed to accomplish all of this in 2+ hours, but the rewards are significant and memorable.

I invite you to read more information about the Plein Air Convention as well as other techniques and insights about painting en plein air by going to my YouTube videos under Stefan Baumann Painter on www.youtube.com. I look forward to meeting you in Tucson at the Convention!

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The Fine Art of Being Awake -The Greatest Painting Secret You Will Ever Need

The Fine Art of Being Awake – The Greatest Painting Secret You Will Ever Need. We discuss about my first teacher and the importance of painting what you see, and it stuck with me all my life. This Video would be a core video to any new students. and shared it with his students secrets that I have learned early on that have been the corner stone of my art for years. For a free book on painting by Baumann go to stefanBaumann.com

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Making a painting light…Light -camera – Action

This video is about Making a painting light for your still life. Here Stefan Baumann shows some different ideas for creating a light for studio still life setup painting. Stefan Baumann, host of The Grand View, explains that you don’t have to spend a lot to have a great light, For a free book on painting go to www.StefanBaumann.com

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Plein Air Devils Postpile National Monument Stefan Baumann The Grand View

Journey with Stefan Baumann, host of The Grand View, America’s National Parks Through the Eyes of an Artist, as he explores Devils Postpile National Monument and captures it on canvas En Plein Air oil painting. Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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The Power to Choose Your Focal Point in Your Painting

The Power to Choose your focal point in your painting This is the secret of Creating Magical and Memorable Paintings The Fundamentals of painting. Stefan Baumann lectures to a painting workshop at The Grand View Ranch in Mt. Shasta Ca. the elements of establishing a strong focal point in your paintings. For A free book on painting go to www.StefanBaumann.com

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Painting Our Moment in Time, The Fine art of Seeing The Now

Painting Our Moment in Time, The Fine Art of Seeing The Now! Here Plein Air Painter Stefan Baumann, Host of The Grand View, talks to his students about opening your eyes and seeing the art that surrounds you right now. Get a free book on painting by going to www.StefanBaumann.com

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Painting with Passion The Fine Art of painting with Genius

This video is about Painting with Passion The Fine Art of painting with Genius

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Adding Wildlife to Your Paintings

People who know me know that I love painting Wildlife en Plein Air. Sketching animals and birds in their natural habitat is a favorite painting activity of mine and I always look forward to the challenge. I find that painting on location enhances my perspective and understanding of the scene that I want to capture on canvas. Often I imagine what the composition would look like if a magnificent Ram passed through my line of sight and I had the opportunity to paint him into my composition. In this piece called “Bighorn Sheep On the Edge,” I was painting Mount Shasta after a snow storm, on a pass called Military Road.

At one time Bighorn Sheep inhabited Mount Shasta and the surrounding mountain slopes near Shasta Valley. Knowing this makes it effortless to imagine that a magnificent beast like this bighorn sheep could walk by. The best time to add wildlife into your plein air sketches is at the time you find them and are watching them. You can actually capture the proportions and movement by drawing a few shapes indicating a back, head and legs on your canvas or sketch pad. These shapes help the right side of the brain fill in the rest, much like looking at clouds passing by and noticing how the shapes become objects, animals and people, etc.

After studying the anatomy of animals for quite some time, I noticed that wild animals have anatomies similar to a common cat, dog or horse. Also, if you take photos of animals and wildlife, you get study them in the studio and use them to create some of jester lines, muscles and fur that make the animal look like the one you observed in the field. When you are painting a wild animal in on canvas, one does need to understand the environment where the animal lives. However, be sensible with your choices and don’t put an elephant in a Vermont pastoral scene when a moose would be more appropriate.

Next time when you are painting on location, try to imagine a moose, elk or a bighorn sheep passing by your easel, giving you an opportunity to paint it into your sketch. You will be amazed at how interesting the experience can be.

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