One of the greatest attributes of painting outdoors is the ability to capture the essence of the scene. This is much more difficult than you might imagine. There are many steps, building blocks, and techniques used to capture the moment and to convey the way natural sunlight feels . Our goal is to help you have success, paint somewhere new and get some fresh air.
Each evening there will be classroom time where we practice skills we will use out in the field. This is the "what" "how" and" why". The next day, the field trip locations have been selected for their relationship with the lessons and you will have an opportunity to exercise what you have learned and paint some beautiful landscapes. When we return in the evening we will discuss and critique works and practice a new skill for the next outing.
Advanced and Intermediate; The main focus of this Artist Retreat is for you to paint and to connect with nature. Advanced artist may use this time to take a true artist retreat, no stress, no worries just painting. Take advantage of the classroom lessons and critique time. These are geat opportunities for you to hone your skills and connect with your peers. Each day, you will have a goal for your painting and an area to grow in. The advance lessons will be in value, blocking in the scene, increasing your drawing speed, and color theory (mixing from a limited palette).
Beginners; We will teach you the basics, how to set up for painting in the outdoors, thumbnail sketching, blocking in your painting, and color mixing. Fear not, we were all beginners once.