January 25th and 26th, 2020 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $150 for non members and $135 for members Workshop is limited to 12 registrants
All proceeds will be donated to Heartland Art Club*
As David Bayles said, “For most artists, making good art depends upon making lots of art.” In this landscape workshop you will be making lots of art by doing a whole lot of painting, because every time you start a new painting, you bring to your effort everything you’ve learned from every other painting you’ve ever done. Through this process, along with good conversations and one-on-one instruction you’ll leave the workshop exhilarated, exhausted, and possessing a greater, clearer, more concise understanding of painting the landscape.
*Shawn is generously donating his time and expertise for the benefit of our club.
I'm a plein air painter by the strictest terms. Simply defined-all paintings are completed 100% on location-there's absolutely no indoor touch up. I do this for the vast challenges of painting from firsthand outdoor observation and to fully honor the historical tradition of painting directly from life. Why complete the painting entirely on location? It's a personal challenge. I simply want to see if I can.
My paintings are neither cutting edge nor deep in metaphorical meaning, they're simply stories about brief moments that I experience and witness during my excursions. Hopefully these stories connect with the viewer, sparking a fond memory, a sense of familiarity or a bit of humor. Each painting is documented with its location, date, time of day, weather conditions, and brief observations about the day. Many have referred to this documentation as the painting's birth certificate.
Oil is my medium and I work with a very limited palette: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow. There are many reasons I prefer this palette, one in particular is to simplify my life by simplifying my choices of colors to mix. My work is characterized by strong brush strokes that are freely and rapidly applied to the canvas-I want the viewer to see the use of the medium, the thicks and thins of the brush strokes, the spontaneity and the confidence. Certain passages will be left loose and undefined, providing the viewer the opportunity to interpret and finish the image.
For me, painting "en plein air" is more than just creating two dimensional representations. It's my wife's companionship as she illuminates the canvas with a flashlight so I can paint the full moon. It's my dad and me sharing a thermos of hot cheesy tomato soup while we paint a frozen, snow covered stream. It's spending time to see the extraordinary in things many would call ordinary. It's a brief moment of life, captured on canvas.
The study of art is a lifetime matter. The best any artist can do is to accumulate all the knowledge possible of art and its principles, study nature often and then practice continually. — Edgar Payne
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Heartland Art Club serves and promotes artists in the heartland of America. The club supports and encourages the creation of quality representational art through education, exhibits, and engagement. Its purpose is to elevate representational art, its disciplines, and history.