Friday, May 4, 2012


What you are witnessing above is deep and intensive right brain development. Pathways between neurons being formed and changed and new creative areas of the gray matter being explored for the first time.
Workshop students.
Demo from the driver's seat.
Yep. When a beginning artist steps up to plein air painting for the first time it is like drinking from a fire hose for most of them. There is so much information - from technique to three-color palette to equipment to a small dissertation on bugs and snakes and other outdoor hazards. The first day they spend a lot of time with the "deer in the headlights" look. Which is natural. I had it for three years when I started.
But, with diligence and perseverance there is no reason that all of them can't be very good plein air painters. Just put in the hours. And bad paintings. Thousands. Of baaaadd paintings. I prefer to call them lessons though. Hopefully tomorrow I can get them one more day and one more bad painting closer to their goals.

Finished demo


Anonymous said...

You had a good first day, Kevin. Have two more and your students will be ready for Wyoming (or Paris).

Denise Rose said...

Looks like fun was had by all!

Anonymous said...

Overall I have found plein air painters to be intrusive and rude. You shouldn't feel like you own everyone's property and have the right to paint it without their permission, whether or not you are on public property when doing so.