Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Blondheim Art Original Paintings
Homosassa River Palms
watercolor on cold pressed
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Plein Air Monthly
A once a month plein air class in the North Central Florida area. We will meet at various locations around North Central Florida for painting and instruction.
9 AM- 1:00 PM beginning Saturday, January 5th
As the weather gets hotter in the spring and summer, we will meet at 8 AM in the spring and 7 AM in the summer..
Anyone can come, no matter the experience level. We will study alla prima painting, color mixing, values, composition, brushwork and other components of plein air and landscape painting. This will be a relaxed casual class with lots of painting time and camaraderie. I'll be happy to give advice on equipment, supplies,travel, and marketing. This class is the outdoor version of my monthly open studio class.
Locations to include:
Paynes Prairie State Park
Farms and Ranches
The Thomas Center
Any place we all want to go!!
Fee: 30.00 Payable at each class.
Beverages and snacks provided
Supply list provided
Contact me to register: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are lots of plein air easels available these days. Your assignment is to try to wade through all of them and find just the right fit for your kind of painting needs. That is not an easy task. I have had dozens of boxes and easels over the years.
Part of your decision must be based on how much you are willing to tote around with you, whether you need to have lightweight equipment for hiking or packing in and out of locations, or whether you have a more civilized approach; Pulling your equipment along in a file box on wheels.
You need to understand whether your comfort zone requires chair, table,umbrella, bags of equipment, large numbers of brushes,paint and supplies etc., or whether you are a minimalist, who carries a paint box and a bottle of water, like me.
Another consideration is your personal aesthetic. There is an easel that I simply could not use because it is ugly. It's expensive and very popular but I hate the way it looks. I know this seems silly but it's not. We need to use equipment that is pleasing to us if we are to do our best work. I recently sold a box for practically nothing because I ordered it and realized after I used it that it was somewhat poorly made. I loved the features and the design, but the craftsmanship was very poor. That bothered me every time I used it. I like well made tools. That may not be important to you or an issue at all, but if it is, be sure to buy well made easels or pochade boxes.
The above factors will help you decide on the equipment which best suits your needs.