Enjoy three days of exploring design concepts for outdoor painters. This class will focus on taking the complexity and infinite detail we find when we approach a subject outdoors and simplifying what we see into a cohesive design. We will learn strategies for dealing with changing light and conditions. We will explore the balance between unity and variety in our paintings and will develop skills in creating a focal point. We will focus on techniques of layering oil paint in a single setting without things getting overworked. Other concepts will include value schemes, color mixing, brushwork and finding your own individualized style and working methods.
On the Friday afternoon we will begin at the artist’s home studying art and asking questions. We will explore three ways of organizing values in a painting and will be drawing several sketches. On Saturday and Sunday we will be out at different outdoor painting locations and will find a balance between demonstrations and one-on-one assistance and suggestions as we create several paintings, from small 6×8” studies to larger more resolved pieces. All levels of artists are welcome.
Dates: August 9 from 1 to 4 pm, August 10 and 11 from 9am -12pm and 1pm-3pm.
Locations: Santa Barbara, CA (to be announced)
Materials list and details will be provided upon registration.
6×6″ Oil on Panel– Ever notice how colors seem more saturated on an overcast day? The softer cool light allows the local colors to glow… Not that I’m complaining when the fog burns off and the sun comes out.
8×10″ oil on canvas– The water is still flowing beautifully through our local canyons and the salamanders and frogs are going strong despite the wildfires and floods last year. When the weather gets warm most people head to the beach. There is always also a nice breeze and some cool pools up a canyon.
15×30″ oil on linen– So nice to watch the glimmer on the water as the sun rises over our fair seaside town on a morning between the fog cycles… The kids are out for summer and it won’t be long before the last of the June Gloom evaporates and these beaches are full of people playing in the surf.
The pencil is there for scale. The crack in the sidewalk reminded me of what they say– that when you find a fault, you shouldn’t dwell on it. But here we are dwelling in earthquake country and quite happy about it. I had fun backpacking Memorial Day weekend with a fun group, several of whom are geologists and point out really cool things about the shape of the land and the fossils hiding in plain sight. Here are a couple of watercolor and gouache sketches that I snuck in between the rains.
8×10″ oil on panel– This sweet confluence is up Limekiln creek. I had just enough time to get it blocked in before the rain was falling– an hour later it was sunny again. You can’t beat a redwood grove for mystery and beauty in any weather…
18×36″ oil on linen– Happy Mother’s Day weekend! Can you spot the mom and baby seal who were swimming around like real-life mermaids in China Cove last week? Point Lobos is such an ideal landscape I felt like I was plein air painting in Neverneverland– the windblown pines, the turquoise inlets, the colorful plants clinging to the rocky cliffs… I love it.
Garrapata Dawn– 8×16″ oil on panel– This was painted on a lovely Big Sur morning. This is by far one of the prettiest parts of the planet I’ve ever experienced. Late Afternoon Glimmer– 6×8″ oil on panel– This small study of light on the water was painted at Limekiln State Park where I slept in the overflow site, under the bridge at the edge of the sand listening to waves roll in all night and the rain falling at one point.