One of the things I like so much about spring are the clouds and the always changing skies. We have had gorgeous sunsets and dramatic midday skies as spring storms pass through. Even with warmer than usual weather I never know if it will be rain or snow falling from the big dark clouds sailing overhead.
I’m painting a series of large paintings in my studio that have been evolving for the past month. Big paintings are a totally different process than my Haiku Series. I’m calling this new series my Legend Series. They take a chunk of time to do and require a different head set. I’m thinking of them as legends as they take a long time like legends are around for a long time. So while I’m in the middle of this big series I started to sneak off for a few hours here and there when I see something out the window that I just have to paint!
Last week there was a day of outstanding, spectacular clouds. The sky was amazing. I was walking into the studio to start working on one of my large paintings when Marcus called me from a road trip and said, “You have to get out to see these clouds!” It was simple. I looked up. Wow, it was intense. The sky was changing every few minutes. I grabbed my paints and my sketchbook and jumped into the car. After I did a few sketches of the clouds from the village green I drove to a nearby rural road where I could park and set up to paint next to my car. It was awesome! I painted for about an hour till the clouds started dropping rain on me. One small painting was finished. The sun disappeared. The sky was covered with dark gray clouds. It was getting cold. I packed up and headed home for some lunch and hot tea. Early spring plein air painting is fantastic.
DEMOS & A PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP AT YOUR LOCATION: I am visiting art groups and associations giving demos and plein air workshops. If you or your group would like a workshop please don’t hesitate to ask for details and available dates for summer and fall.THE PLEIN AIR EXPERIENCE ~ If you like to spend time in nature and are interested in painting outdoors but are not sure you will like it a good way to check it out is to attend a plein air demo. Some people like to paint or draw but feel shy about doing it in a public place. Others don’t have the equipment and want to see what it is like before investing in a lot of stuff they might not end up using. The best way to find out is to watch someone and see how it is done. Come to one of my plein air demos and see for yourself.
PLEIN AIR DEMO –
MAY 28TH 4-6 pm
2016 SEASON OPENING FOR BETH ELLIS GALLERY
Location: BETH ELLIS GALLERY
294 SHORE ROAD
PLEIN AIR DEMO & INSTRUCTION
JUNE 16TH 4-7 pm
Location : GOVERNMENT STREET, DOWNTOWN KITTERY, MAINE
Hosted by : THE KITTERY ART ASSOCIATION
CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.
2016 summer classes “en plein air” begin on May 3rd. I will be teaching a new easy plein air method in a 6 week block of classes. This easy method really helps beginners get comfortable with plein air painting and it helps experienced painters improve skills dramatically. It’s a tried and true method and its great to see how fast it works.SIGN UP HERE FOR 6 WEEK SESSION.SIGN UP HERE FOR ONE SINGLE CLASS
MAINE SUMMER WORKSHOPS
JUNE 18 2016 10-5
JULY 9 10-5
AUGUST 6 10-5
SEPTEMBER 10 10-5
OCTOBER 8 10-5
All workshops are in southern Maine in the coastal towns of Kittery, York, Cape Neddick, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunkport and Cape Porpoise. Painting locations include quintessential Maine places including beaches, rocky coastlines, harbors, marshes, farms, historical homes and classic small villages.
These are one day plein air workshops. All workshops begin at 10am with a one hour break for lunch. The day will start with a demo and a short talk on the specific aspects/advantages/challenges of the location. Guidance will be given on choices of subject matter tailored to each student’s individual painting experience. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings.
Register for a workshop here. Price: $100.
I look forward to seeing you!