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Watercolor Plein Air Workshop with Dwight Rose

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
10:30 am4:30 pm
Watercolor Plein Air Workshop with Dwight Rose

July 10-12th, 2018 10:30 am - 4:30 pm daily (with a lunch break)
This workshop will explore the immediacy of plein air watercolor painting using a limited palette of watercolor paints on paper.

We have all been told how essential it is to study from the “real subject” and not just a photo. Painters may follow along with Dwight as he demonstrates the creation of simple landscapes and elements such as skies, trees and water. As you follow along, not only will you create beautiful landscape paintings of your own, but you will develop skills that can be applied to any subject.

The key to having success with plein air is to keep the paintings simple, loose and “sketchy”. Dwight will instruct and guide each artist in how to edit and enhance details to get the optimum effect in your paintings. He will demonstrate how viewfinders can be used to optimize composition for maximum impact. You’ll create a quick sketch using shapes and values which is an effective way to plan the lights before starting your final drawing and especially while painting plein air.

The workshop begins indoors with insightful guides and demonstrations including his five key steps in plein air painting before moving to our painting location. Individual instruction while onsite helps each participant reach their goals. A generous amount of time is set aside for your questions and to give constructive feedback on your work. Workshop will be limited to 15 participants, so register quickly! This workshop is designed for intermediate and above level watercolor artists. $175/members, $195/non-members


Paints: watercolor paints come in dry cakes (blocks of pigments), pans (semi-moist wells of paint), and tubes. I like tubes because the painting process is faster when mixing and less taxing on my brushes.

Paper: It's always is important to use good quality paper if you want to achieve the best results in watercolor. They come in a range of textures and weights. Select a size that comfortably fits your current outdoor paper support and easel.

Paint Brushes: There are many types of paintbrushes available, but they can be narrowed down to two types: synthetic and natural hair. Synthetic brushes usually are less expensive than natural ones; they do not retain water as effectively as natural- hair brushes. I use flat brushes 3/4”, 1” 1’1/2” with a few rounds #6, #8 and a #4 rigger to augment my collection.
Easel and Board- Dwight recommends these easels:
En Plein Air Pro Advanced Series Watercolor Easel
Mid priced – available with or without accessories, En Plein Air Traveler
Budget priced with fewer features: The CONDA 76" Field Easel Wood Artists Tripod Easel Adjustable Wooden Easel Sketch Painting Portable available from

Miscellaneous Supplies: palette, pencil with sharpener and eraser, paper towels, water container, masking tape, liquid frisket, gum Arabic, bug repellent. They key is minimal weight in supplies as being comfortable is important while being outdoors.