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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….

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2016 Planning & Percolating

In the midst of winter’s gray chill, Jean and I get to fly off to memories of previous Lake Alpine retreats, and in our mind’s eye, begin to concoct the makings of the upcoming 2016 “Alpine Art Retreat: Celebrating Women’s … Continue reading

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Ashland PaintOut, September 19th 2015

I participated in the Ashland PaintOut last year, and it was a lot of fun! The event takes place at North Mountain Park and Lithia Park. You get 4.5 hours to paint your little heart out, then submit your work to the judges. They pick 20 works to exhibit at Ashland Artworks, which is a […]

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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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Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

  Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches Painting, including landscape painting, has historically been an indoor art, and it wasn’t until the heyday of Impressionism did painting outdoors become the norm. Just recently, painting plein air has become a very popular style of painting that in itself stands alone as a practice. I have been taking students out to paint on location since 1980 before the word Plein Air was used. We called it Painting from Nature or location painting. Prior to the Impressionists, any outdoor painting practice was distinctly subordinate to studio work. Remember, in a time before cameras,…

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Choosing Your Own Color Palette

            Choosing Your Own Color Palette In the next few posts I will be answering frequently asked questions from students and professional artists about painting on location with oil paints and discussing how to use colors, values and how to create a personal palette by using 4 colors plus white. I will explore how easy choosing your own color palette can be as you develop your style of painting. This is aspect of painting included as an essay in my book that I am writing titled, “Everything You Need to Know about Plein Air Painting.”…

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Telluride Plein Air ~ Quick Draw & ArtWalk

Well, I have been missing. Apologies … I’m committing to post at least twice weekly ’til current. So here goes … back to the Telluride Road Trip and a week’s drinking in the Plein Air Event there (Note this was July 2, 2013!)!THIS was one of my fav…

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Applegate ON SITE: Class with Elaine Frenett and Silvia Trujillo

Applegate On Site, Announcement of tam=ndem-taught plein air class with Elaine frenett and Silvia Trujillo

Applegate ON SITE ~ two workshops, two sites & two instructors Silvia Trujillo (yes, she’s back!), oil & acrylics, and Elaine Frenett, watercolor, will lead these two classes. Both Silvia and Elaine have over 40 yrs. combined professional/teaching experience as Oregon/California artists and delight in sharing along the creative path. Paint the picturesque “Lavender Fields Forever” farm, with lavender at it’s brilliant peak and then, the rolling hills with the dazzling vistas of Valley View Winery. Each session will guide you gently through an outdoor painting intro, separate demos by each instructor in their media and then, ample time for individuals to develop their own unique paintings. A friendly share will close the gathering. There are optional and additional lavender distillation, vintage car viewing and wine sampling possibilities for you too. Won’t you come celebrate summer in the Applegate Valley with us? Where: Lavender Fields Forever Farm, Saturday, July

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A Perfect World

The Dream, Henri Rousseau 1910

Shared with the Southern Oregon Artists Resource by Elaine Frenett, who received it in an email from The Artist’s Road, a website focused on travel and plein air painting. “Having spent a lifetime exploring and finding purpose and fulfillment through art, we decided to build this art and painting website to share what we have learned and to inspire others in their creative lives. Much of the important content (over 375 articles) you’ll find here is instructional – the steps to making paintings in oil, pastel or watercolor – often illustrated by videos, slide shows and Step-by-Step demonstrations. Enjoy the free content. We believe that you will find value and inspiration in it.” Many thanks to The Artist’s Road for this unique and important perspective on the importance of art. The Dream 1910 (PD) Henri Rousseau

We recently read a description of what artists do – perhaps the

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Telluride Plein Air ~ Lost Dollar Road, Ridgeway and Tride Alleyways

Next day, September 28th, in Telluride, we rise to slightly smokey skies (from nearby fires) and carve our plans accordingly. Perhaps a relaxed ride down valley will move us away from the smoke and there are some fabulous views to catch too.As we weave…

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