01. October 2020 - 9:00
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Ray Roberts- Critical Thinking for Plein Air Painters, 3 days on Location | Franciscan Life Process Center | Thursday, 01. October 2020

Every aspect to a painting is as important as your ability to render what’s in front of you. Seeing the abstract image in a scene is the first step in visualizing a painting. It’s also important to weigh the interest quality of your concept.  Ray Roberts will be sharing his approach to outdoor painting; covering concept, site selection, harmony of shapes and layout, as well as color comparison and execution. His approach is direct, creating an accurate and thought-out light/dark pattern, following up with a lay-in of dark colors and finishing up with the light shapes. A painting is more than depicting a scene; it is about the site, choice of interpretation and approach to the painting. All of these approaches require extra-sensitive observation and facility when painting directly from life.  One has to observe its rhythms and reflections and coalesce all of this into a single vision.
Ray will share his thoughts and observations through discussion and demonstration. Also, Ray has developed several exercises designed to enforce these concepts and enhance your learning experience. Be prepared to cover lots of canvas!