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Concepts & Truths-A Plein Air Approach to Studio Painting

  • West Hartford Art League 37 Buena Vista Road West Hartford, CT, 06107 United States (map)

As a landscape painter today, you have the advantage of being able to gather a lot of reference photos quickly and easily with a digital camera. It makes all the sense in the world to get all the visual cues you can to help jog the memory back in the studio for help with finishing touches or to work up studio paintings. As useful as photos can be, the truth is that a camera is not able to capture what your eyes are capable of seeing and your heart is capable of feeling. Merely copying a photo will never result in a real sense of depth, and colors and values will be untrue to what nature gives us.

As a painter, who has been immersed in the national plein air scene for more than twenty years, I have formulated concepts and truths about how I can achieve a feeling of light, atmosphere and emotion in paintings that I work up in the studio. I will share these concepts with you in this two day workshop. Through demos, handouts and a lot of discussion, both as a group and individually, you will learn how to interpret photos and make changes based on the truths found in nature and how to fill your paintings with a real sense of light and atmosphere. Composition, color, values, line and edges will all be discussed. I want to help you to not only interpret photos correctly but how to make marks that are expressive and uniquely your own. You can work from your own photo choices or look through my library of hundreds of photo references. 
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Location: West Hartford Art League

Time: 10:00 - 4:00 Saturday
10:00 - 3:00 Sunday

Cost: Members $275 Non Members $295  Class size is limited to 12 students. To register please contact the West Hartford Art League 860-231-8019 or

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Earlier Event: March 16
The Studio Nocturne
Later Event: April 5
Speed Painting!