Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshop Wrap-Up

The Big Vista 6x8 Oil / Available

Trina and I just finished a delightful week in Sedona, Arizona, with a small group of painters for my November plein air painting workshop there.  This time, we had a new addition to our family joining us, Raku.  (Her full name is Raku the Firecloud Rez Dog, for reasons which I will explain at some future point.)  Raku enjoyed meeting the painters, but she enjoyed most, I think, pouncing after locusts, little birds and wind-blown leaves.  At perhaps 18 months old, she still has a good bit of puppy in her!

Raku, our chauffeur to the painting location

We couldn't have had finer weather this week.  Although mornings started off crisp, with a little wind the first day, we enjoyed plenty of sunshine and warmth.  Sedona is a truly fabulous place to paint, with plenty of red rocks, babbling creeks and quiet places for the painter.  I've included a selection of photos from the week, as well as four of my demonstration sketches.

Sparkly River 9x12 pastel / Available

Stand Alone 9x12 pastel / Available

The Big Mountain 9x12 oil / Available

By the way,  as I have mentioned before, I'll be teaching in Sedona one last time April 2-5, 2019.  (In the future, rather than teaching workshops there, I'll be running the occasional painting retreat for past students.  The retreats are different from the workshops in that there is no formal instruction, but plenty of critiques, camaraderie and art talk.)  This final workshop will be for all levels and will run four days from 9-1.  If you like to travel with family or friends, you'll have your afternoons free to explore -- or to paint on your own, if you like to immerse yourself in the craft.  We have limited lodging left at the studio, so don't delay if you're interested.  Details Full details are at  I hope to see you there!

Helping at the easel

Sun dogs over the Verde River

My setup (Prolific Painter's "Day Tripper" easel)

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