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Ireland Plein Air Painting Workshop!  Dates: August 5-7.  Pastel and Oil. 195 euros, or 65 euros per day.  ($275)

In conjunction with the Art in the Open: Irelands International Plein Air Painting Festival, I’ll be teaching a three day plein air painting workshop (immediately following the festival.)  Consider signing up for the plein air festival, and then staying on for the workshop.  It’s a great way to paint Ireland!

Find “the story” in the landscape and paint it in a way that is direct, simple, fresh, and honest.  Engage in fun exercises in charcoal and pastel designed to icus on the foundations of a good picture: value, color, and shape.  From here we’ll explore edges, atmospheric perspective, color and shape relationships, and painting with intention.

We’ll approach the landscape from all angles: through demonstrations, group discussions, composition walks, and plenty of one on one input.  Demonstrations will be primarily in pastel, but the workshop is open to all mediums.  Email me at for more information and to register.

Fall Plein Air Pastel in Paradise Valley. Dates: September 2-5. Cost: $500

An workshop in Montana exclusively for pastel! September in Montana is breathtaking: the fields turn golden and the leaves are turning. I’ll take you to some stunning locations in my corner of the world. I’ll help you understand layering color, edges, atmospheric perspective, and many other important concepts. We’ll also look at different papers, pastel brands, and I’ll share my thoughts on framing. I’ll also introduce you to charcoal drawing, which is a fine complement to pastel painting. If that’s not enough, I’ll also cook a gourmet dinner on one of the evenings.


Ridgeway Plein Air Pastel Workshop. September 22-25.  Cost: $350.

Ridgeway is in a stunning corner of Colorado, with the beauty of the San Juan Mountains at our doorstep!  We will start this workshop off with a potluck dinner on the first evening followed by a powerpoint presentation to introduce the concepts that we will be learning about in the field.  Then we will spend the next three days exploring the area.  I’ll introduce you to charcoal drawing as a way to help you see in value, and then we will jump into color!


What is plein air painting?
En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting in the outside environment rather than indoors.

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