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                      Outdoor work can be confusing. Because there is often so much to look at, the painter may not know where to begin. Here are three basic approaches you might find useful:

                      Even though your planned subject may be off in the distance, before you do anything about it, search around your immediate environment and find something in the foreground. This can be anything that interests you or has design potential — a stump, colourful foliage, animal or human figure. Render this to some degree of pletion first....Read On

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                      • Jul 25, 2019 to Jul 28, 2019 - Wet & Wild! Paint Vibrant Water Scenes in Brilliant Color with Julie Gilbert Pollard

                        Learn to make water look wet, reflective and splashy! Painting water that looks wet requires some basic knowledge of the dynamics of how water moves and how objects are reflected in its mirror surface. Techniques will be demonstrated to address the various puzzles with which the artist is faced when painting this stunning, fascinating and challenging subject!


                        This workshop takes place at Port Townsend School of the Arts, 2 hours’ drive from Seattle. For more information, and to register, visit our website:


                        Julie Gilbert Pollard’s workshop is limited to 12 participants. Save your place today!
                        Registration deadline: June 5.


                      • Jul 27, 2019 to Aug 2, 2019 - Andrew Gifford: Plein-air oil and acrylic workshop at Marouatte Castle, France

                        Learn the secrets of landscape and cityscapes from master UK painter Andrew Gifford, color mixes, techniques of layering and glazing different brushes and palette knives to priming and grounding boards.?He will demonstrate how to paint from an early sketch to the final piece in the many stunning locals of the region = all while you live in a genuine castle and eat like royalty.?


                        See full details at www.ArtattheCastle.?or email questions to artatthecastle1@gmail.

                      • Aug 1, 2019 to Aug 7, 2019 - Kawartha Highlands Canoe-In Art Retreat

                        Six days in the Ontario backcountry. Locations accessible only by canoe. Canoe, camp, cook and paint like the early North American plein air artists. Every day we do a short paddle from our base camp to a painting location and spend the day capturing the scene. Workshop leader Keith Thirgood has been teaching adults to paint for 12 years and canoeing and camping for most of his life. Keith teaches a step by step approach to plein air, which makes capturing a scene easier than you ever thought possible. He also teaches Modern Colour?Theory using his special, limited palette. This set of colours is useful not only en plein air?but also in the studio.

                        The Kawartha Highlands is?an amazing place to paint. Forest, bald rock faces, hundreds of islands, sparkling water. On day seven it’s hard to leave.

                        For more information, visit www.wilsonstreetstudios..

                      • Aug 4, 2019 to Aug 6, 2019 - Boldly Abstract, a Non Objective Painting Workshop in Santa Fe with Julie Schumer and Cat Tesla

                        Explore and develop your personal voice in the inspirational environment of Santa Fe. Through guided exercises we will explore color, position, value and working on multiples at the same time.?Find your own signature with different mark making tools and learn how your marks enliven your paintings.?Learn how to harmonize any palette, move from analysis paralysis to painting success and to trust your artistic choices. There will be plenty of time for independent exploration.


                        This intensive 3-day workshop is for all levels of artists who have experience using acrylic paint. At the end of day 3, join us and fellow artists for a no host dinner to celebrate your success.


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                      • Aug 12, 2019 to Aug 16, 2019 - Neutrals, Edges, Color and Value

                        Neutrals enhance your paintings, edges provide sensuality color adds excitement and value holds the paintings together. Successfully bing these elements guarantees a painting that is dynamic.


                        Held at Gwen Fox’s private Art Sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico.? Her 100-year-old adobe home is the perfect environment to inspire and renew your creativity.


                        There will be private critiques that empower, glorious breakthroughs while basking in a safe environment in which to grow as an artist.


                        Limited to 10 artists. This workshop will fill fast.



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