Students painting at the Spring into Summer Plein Air Portrait workshop in Temescal Canyon Park
Summer en Plein Air
One thing I love about plein air painting is you always have a story to tell. I've been fogged in and rained out, and even though sometimes I'd have to pack up with an unfinished painting, there was always a sense of adventure! Summer in SoCal is one of the best times of the year to explore the beautiful parks and study nature en plein air. Which inspired my Spring into Summer Portrait Workshop. It was a great success! We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day in Temescal Canyon Park in Santa Monica, Ca. The workshop began at 10am with 5x7 color studies. Students worked hard to capture the swiftly changing light. Their color studies served as guides for the final painting. Students focused on the warm and cool temperatures of color, patterns of dappled light and shadow and studied how the outdoor environment effects the color of skin tones.
We saw blues, greens, violets and golds throughout the day as the light changed. Sometimes you would just catch a glimpse of a beautiful moment when the light flickered a highlight somewhere spectacular and you would try to recreate it as brilliantly as it was seen. It was a unique challenge and incredibly refreshing experience to paint the figure outdoors.
While I consider myself a more naturalistic painter, primarily sticking with an earthy palette, I couldn't help myself during this workshop and I pushed my colors to the limit. I began to appreciate what it was that the Impressionists were trying to capture. Everyone enjoyed the workshop so much, that I received several requests to host it again.
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