Alla Prima Technique for Plein Air Painting
June 22nd, Gallery Saratoga 1PM-3PM
Painting in the outdoors, known as “plein air”, allows the artist to experience the beauty of a place while trying to capture in paint the shapes, colors and textures that make it special. Painting with oils can be both rewarding and frustrating. A few basic principles coupled with the correct materials arms the novice with the tools to grow in their journey to become a better painter.
Julia will show how she packs to go out into the field, sets up, and does a plein air painting in oil. She’ll cover equipment and tools to make the plein air experience easier. The demonstration will cover the materials and their use, basics of composition and color theory. Julia will demonstrate, explaining her methods as she works from a photograph indoors. You’ll learn about subject selection and composition, how to simplify for a dramatic and do-able painting. You’ll learn how to apply paint thin to thick, dark to light to capture the quickly changing light.
More than two dozen of Julia’s paintings are featured in the gallery during June.
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