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The Beauty of Painting on Location


First Mesa Hopi Reservation, Oil by Stefan Baumann

First Mesa Hopi Reservation, Oil by Stefan Baumann

Announcing New Painting Shows on PBS!

I am pleased to announce that PBS /Create TV has renewed their contract with The Grand View, “America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist” series, which means The Grand View will be on the air for at least 3 additional years. Our new host station, KIXE in Redding, California, will partner with PBS/Create TV to air the show nationally, and millions of people will experience the excitement of painting outdoors while exploring our National Parks. We are the first plein air painting series to take painting out of the studio and into nature. Come along with me to view these programs and watch as I paint America’s National Parks “Through the Eyes of an Artist.”

Also, a Reminder of our painting workshop in Mt Shasta, October 12-14 2012. This year’s workshop will include new topics and locations. It will be the most insightful workshop ever. You will have many opportunities to sharpen your skills, increase your technical understanding, and explore your personal vision, which is the source of artistic creativity and your unique perception. This workshop is open to all levels of ability. For more information about the workshop, or to register, please go to my website or call me anytime at 800-511-1337 for more information.

The Beauty of Painting on Location

As we pass through our lives at 55 miles per hour, we are sometimes disconnected from the life in the countryside that we visit. The scenery and localities become just a blur. The beauty of painting on location is that we not only see the landscapes but we have opportunities to meet interesting people along the way who have gifts to offer us. For example, when I went to Mesa Verde, Colorado to paint on location, I met a wonderful Hopi Native American man. After telling him about our PBS TV show and how Native Americans contributed significantly to the program by sharing their personal stories, he invited me to paint where very few artists are allowed to paint – a beautiful Mesa in Arizona of the Hopi reservation. Shown above, it is one of only a few paintings ever painted of this historical place. This experience taught me to never underestimate who I might meet when painting outdoors.

Another location that I love to paint with students is one of America’s most visited vistas in Yosemite National Park. Thousands of people visit this beautiful place every day. During my workshops, I ask my students to set up their easels right in the middle of the area overlooking Vista Point. At first, many students feel intimidated about painting with people so close to them watching them paint, but within minutes they were looking forward to connecting with the next group people arriving when the tour bus stopped. They became ambassadors sharing their love of painting with those interested in learning about how to do it. Remember, people you meet when you are painting the beauty you see are often amazed by you and wish that they could be next to you doing what you do when you enjoy painting outdoors!

Announcing: “The Grand View, Observations of Art and Living” eBook

has recently been re-edited and is available to download. The revised book is reformatted, with over 40 new paintings and chapters for your enjoyment. You can download this new edition for free…… yes for free! To have your own copy, go to and click on free tips to find the offer for my free eBook. I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to Kris Baxter for her dedication and willingness to creatively edit and reformat this new edition of the Grand View eBook as well as gratefully thanking Gita Hazrati, Darla Freeman, and Hannah West for their generous help with formatting and uploading this project so that it is available for everyone to read.

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