Plein Air Landscape Painting: Outdoor Study to Studio
What you'll learn
- Gather the appropriate reference material in the field (drawings, color studies, photographs)
- Organize the reference material in a meaningful way for studio work
- Successfully create a painting based on the reference material
- Some experience in plein air (outdoor) painting
- Some experience in the medium of your choice (oil, pastel, acrylic, gouache, watercolor)
- Suggested: Take my course, "Plein Air Essentials: Learn Basics of Outdoor Painting"
- Suggested: Take my course, "Plein Air Essentials: Oil Supplement"
- Suggested: Take my course, "Plein Air Essentials: Pastel Supplement"
Are you a plein air painter looking to take your painting to the next level? Head for the studio! Bringing the paintings you did in the field to the studio and using them as references for more finished paintings is the best way to improve. This course will show you just how to do that in lectures and videos.
In this course, I'll show you how to properly gather reference material in the field (photographs, color studies, pencil drawings,) and then I'll take you indoors, where I'll give you several methods to create studio paintings based on these references.
Even though the demonstrations will be in oil or pastel, the methods apply to any medium, even acrylic, watercolor and gouache.
Although the course is marked as suitable for "All Levels," it is suggested that you have some experience with both outdoor painting and your medium of choice. If you are a beginner in plein air painting, please consider taking my beginning courses, "Plein Air Essentials: Learn Basics of Plein Air Painting," "Plein Air Essentials: Oil Supplement" and "Plein Air Essentials: Pastel Supplement." It'll be worth your time!
New to Plein Air Painting?
Or just looking to take your plein air painting to the next level? Whether you paint in oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor or some other medium, you'll find help in these videos, authored by artist Michael Chesley Johnson.You'll also find plein air painting workshops and plein air painting instruction.
Looking for a workshop?
Michael teaches two programs. Paint The Southwest offers two workshops in Sedona, Arizona, in fall and spring. It also offers a private, one-on-one intensive program based at Michael's studio in New Mexico. Plein Air Painting Maine offers workshops in July and August in Lubec, Maine. Both are great places for a plein air painting experience. Michael specializes in small-size workshops He also teaches elsewhere in the US and Canada.
Who this course is for:
- Landscape painters (hobbyist, amateur or even professional) who have a desire to take their craft to the next level
One of the country's top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.
Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Outdoor Study to Studio: Take Your Plein Air Paintings to the Next Level. A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal , The Artist's Magazine and PleinAir Magazine, he splits his year between Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, and the high desert of New Mexico. Michael also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel for the intermediate and advanced level painter and for painters desiring mentoring.