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Capturing Light in your Paintings

Sunset at Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta The smoke from the fires in Northern California is extreme. At times you can see only a mile ahead and it has made it difficult to feel inspired to paint outdoors. The dense smoke and ash falling from the sky constantly reminds me the losses others are suffering during this summer of great drought and fires. During the last few nights, the smoke lifted allowing me to steal away with my new Strada Pochade box to paint on the slopes of Mt Shasta. The smoke in the atmosphere blends with the light of the…

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Be Prepared to Paint

“Ashland Barn” by Stefan Baumann   Last week I was traveling in Medford, Oregon, prepared to paint with my brushes, paints, and canvases in my truck, when I took an unexpected turn off the freeway onto a quiet country road. It had been raining and a magnificent cloud formation with impressive effects of light covered the sky. I drove by an old pear orchard, and noticed a beautiful pear tree covered with blossoms that had an old barn as a backdrop. As I came closer to the tree, the sky opened and a beam of sunlight lit up the metal…

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Plein Air Convention in Monterey

I have been invited to be an instructor again at the 3rd annual Plein Air Convention during the week of April 7-11, 2014  in Monterey California.   This is the largest convention for outdoor painters, and I encourage plein air painters everywhere to come to the convention.  And if you are a “The Grand View” viewer or member attending the Convention, I invite you to paint with me on location during the week. Last year, I painted this painting en plein air called “The Tides at Asilomar” of the ocean near Monterey, California. If you are interested in attending, contact http://www.pleinairconvention.com/ for…

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Register Now: Outdoor Oil Painting with Carol Peek

June 11, 12, and 13 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily $405 AAC Members, $450 General It’s time to expand your knowledge of outdoor painting with a master in the field and improve in ways you didn’t know you needed to. In this special three-day workshop taught by visiting artist Carol Peek you will explore the […]

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Style, Technique and Vision – Making Your Paintings Yours by Stefan Baumann

Style, Technique or Vision By Stefan Baumann    “Ashland Orchard”  Technique and style are the tools of creative expression for an artist.  They support his ability to communicate his artistic vision.  Technique includes the artist’s…
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Paint What You Love by Stefan Baumann

“Slushy Streets” – Paint What You Love Even though it is winter at The Grand View Ranch, it has been very dry and everyone is waiting with great anticipation for it to snow.  There is…
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Painting Plein Air at Night

“Mt. Shasta in Moonlight” – Painting at Night Plein Air   Painting on location is difficult enough, but painting on location at night offers a new set of issues that challenge even the most skilled…
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Connecting with Your Art by Stefan Baumann Painter of the National Parks Alla Prima

“Tulip Tree Branch” – Connecting with Your Art   With all the rain we have had in Mt. Shasta, I wanted to paint something with a bit more color.  A good friend found this tulip…
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A Pathway to Excellence in Your Paintings by Stefan Baumann Painter of the National Parks

 A Pathway to Excellence in Your Paintings By Stefan Baumann   “Sullaway House in Mt. Shasta” It has been snowing for the past few days and when it stopped, I grabbed my paints and searched…
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Painting from the Inside Out

“Old Stage Cabin” – Painting from the Inside Out This is a painting of the Steward ranch, located in a beautiful meadow just outside of the town of Mount Shasta. When painting outdoors it is…
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