Friday, January 30, 2009
"I paint outdoors in a style that is spontaneous and expressive. The motifs are colorist, intimate views of timeless subjects: animals, figures, rustic structures and landscapes. In my paintings there is often an idiosyncratic element, unexpected details or perspective - the picture may not be logical but it reads right. The paint surface is both thick and thin; the brushwork and palette knife strokes are deliberately visible and sometimes have a rough or unfinished look. Everything reminds you that this is a painting, a fusion of form, color and texture." – Dana Hooper
"Dana is a strong example of the modern return to plein air painting. Her work is spontaneous and expressive with a striking use of color. She paints intimate views of rural subjects--buildings, animals, landscapes--in a way that portrays their "innocence" and her love of them. I like a sentence she once said to me: 'My works are an escape from gentrification and technology, a respect for the simple.' There's a freedom to her brush strokes and I agree with a prominent collector who once told me: 'She's not derivative. She takes the California School (of figurative painting) in a new direction. It's a signature type of work.'" - Bud Johns
Thursday, January 29, 2009
– Carl Judson
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Primarily self-instructed, Michael has studied under master artists such as Albert Handell, Doug Dawson, Bob Rohm, Ann Templeton and Ray Roberts. Michael is noted for his strong sense of color, his use of expressive strokes and his ability to capture the mood of the landscape simply.
Michael teaches throughout North America and also conducts intensive workshops at Friar's Bay Studio Gallery on Campobello Island in the Canadian Maritimes. All students, from beginner to professional artists, praise his relaxed but helpful manner of teaching.
"One way I have of connecting with the landscape is to go out into it and paint. Although I have a studio, I always prefer to paint outdoors. Painting outdoors is both a creative act and a meditative one. It ends up being a much richer experience than painting in the studio from photographs. First of all, there are the elements to contend with -- the wind that wants to knock over the easel, the sun that moves and changes shadow shapes, the temperature which is never ideal. I'm told this battle builds character. But then there are the things that I do not fight but embrace -- the warm sun if it is a cool day, the cool shade if it is a hot day, the song of the birds, the sound of the breeze in the treetops. And of course, there is the beauty of the landscape before me. I will always be an outdoor painter of landscapes."
-- Michael Chesley Johnson
Below is a plein air painting demonstration by Michael.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, a non-profit all volunteer organization, presents this annual event that is designed to be casual, interactive and educational.
This juried event brings nationally recognized plein air artists to Sonoma for a week of painting the inspiring landscapes of Sonoma Valley. Whether it is the magnificent green hills with giant oaks, grazing sheep and cows, winding roads, picturesque villages, or the colors and scents of wildflowers---Sonoma Valley in spring is paradise for plein air artists.
For more information about Sonoma Plein Air visit http://www.sonomapleinair.com/
Friday, January 23, 2009
Jan paints in both acrylic and oil paints. Jan's work has always had a childlike exuberance of color and intensity. After completing a three-year still life series, Jan began a landscape series in 2005. She paints both in plein air and in the studio. She is an active member of the Rehoboth Art League and exhibits in the league's outdoor show.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
- Take only the colors you need. Consider the time of year and the location you are planning on visiting when thinking about your palette. This may mean just 6 small tubes of paint, or a handful of half stick pastels.
- Do you really need all those brushes? Fewer brushes will also help with space and cleanup.
- Small amounts of turpentine/mineral spirits. Store in tightly sealed containers to prevent spills.
- Take panels instead of canvases (see previous post)
- Paper Towels are always a good idea; you can cut the roll in half to reduce size/weight!
- When looking for other art supplies, travel sized/travel friendly options are always your best bet.
- Don’t forget sunscreen, bug repellent, water, snacks, and a hat.
How will you carry your supplies? Pochade Boxes and Plein Air Easels (French, Soltek, etc.) are specially made to hold your art supplies inside them, and are great ways to limit what you take with you in the field. Otherwise a small bag or tackle box can do the trick. If you are hiking into the field, or even just down the street, you should be able to carry everything comfortably in one trip. This could be a comfortable backpack, shoulder bag, cart, or any combination.
Every artist has their own particular way of doing things. Try out different options and see what works best for you.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
You can learn more about Cynthia by visiting her website
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009