Plein Air Landscape In Oil: Alla Prima Painting In Nature
Workshop and demonstration by Nick Baxter
Friday 20th July, 8am, Tahoe Tattoo Show
This is a 4-hour interactive workshop featuring demonstrations and step-by-step instruction in the classical painting discipline of landscape painting from life, on location in the great outdoors. Nick will guide each student through a small oil study with the goal of completing it within a few hours. Students will listen to Nick speak as he demonstrates every step of the process on his own easel, then time will be given for the students to work on that step before moving onto the next step’s explanation and demonstration.
-lightweight, small, and efficient painting setups and practices
-scouting good locations and finding the right view
-dealing with weather and changing light
-working with natural daylight vs. incandescent bulbs
-plein air landscape genres and terminology
-observational accuracy and precision
-distortions in perspective and scale
-laws of atmospheric perspective
-color matching and mixing
-alla prima tools, techniques, and tips
-when distortions and scene edits are desirable, and how to make them
Students will learn how to make a completed plein air study with oil paint, from start to finish, in one session (Alla Prima technique). They’ll gain experience with measuring and direct observations in natural light, as well as how to match and mix colors accurately, which are two areas of fundamental artistic skill that translate to all artforms and genres, including tattooing. Students should leave the workshop with a good idea of what’s needed in a portable outdoor painting setup after experiencing the challenges and limitations of on-location painting.
Please email Nick for details and advice, but a full setup of portable painting equipment will be required: easel and/or pochade box, brushes (small rounds, various sized filberts and flats, fan blender, round fluffy blender), palette knife, rags, oil paint, solvent, oil medium, painting panel (Ampersand Gessobord recommended), small spring clamps/bungee cords/strong tape as needed for securing things outdoors, warm clothing).
Recommended minimum palette is raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, alizarin permanent, sap green, chromium green, buff titanium, titanium white
Please research portable easels and outdoor painting setups, both store bought or home made (such as pochade boxes), so that you come prepared. There are many clever solutions for lightweight, small, and efficient versions of all the equipment needed.
Students will need to meet Nick at a location in the hotel/lodge, and then walk to the nearby outdoor painting location. Students will need to be physically able to walk to an outdoor location near the resort, most likely a few hundred feet uphill, while carrying painting equipment.
About The Instructor
Nick Baxter is a tattooist and oil painter who has been practicing and refining his artistic craft since the late 1990s. He has studied classical painting techniques for 2 decades, and has been an avid plein air painter for 3 years.
Price and Booking
The workshop is 100$. Contact Nick directly to save your spot > email@example.com