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LarrySeiler
03-12-2002, 09:45 AM
We'll keep a sticky thread going here as a reference for those seeking lessons and instructions for plein air, and useful tips...and will save us from having to dig up archived articles, etc;
I'll add to mine as we move along. Now, we need to dig up some of Diane Johnson's and any others! :)
-Larry

Here are lessons of mine archived here at WC-

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Landscapes/Roadside/index.html

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Landscapes/OcontoRiver/index.html

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Landscapes/RatRiver/index.html

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Acrylics/Waterfall/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles/Larry_Seiler/137/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Composition/UsingIt/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/532/102/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/532/93/

LarrySeiler
03-12-2002, 11:58 AM
Here are a few of Diane Johnson's online demo's in plein. A wonderful painter and instructor.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles2/1458/143/

http://www.wetcanvas.com/ArtSchool/Landscapes/PleinAir/

Davena
03-16-2002, 03:19 PM
Larry, I just spent the last hour reading and rereading your demos. I am looking forward to a nice day to paint outside by our lake. You have inspired me. I realize mine will not look anything like yours- but it seems like wonderful fun and who knows- I might learn something.

LarrySeiler
03-18-2002, 09:07 AM
Davena...

I just read your Shaw quote, so I better respond huh? hee heeee ....just kidding. Good reflective quote though!

Glad you found these inspiring. Getting started, getting over the hump of excuses and fears that hold us back...that's a common hurdle for many. For others, its the unknowns of even where to begin. Every race run, though...begins with the first step forward. Good luck...hope to see some pieces posted in the forum in the near future!!! Peace.....

Larry

goldie
04-18-2002, 04:05 PM
I packed my car, all ready for the new seasons outdoor work this week. I have painted outdoors many times and love it. For some reason I got terribly shy and drove around and around and then drove back home. I think the winter time studio work takes a while to break out of. Also I was wanting to do some of my towns older streets that have so much charm and I was worried about freaking out the occupants of the homes by staring in there direction for a few hours. So to get back my confidence I will start with a sketch book, it shouldnt be long and Ill be known for hauling my easel around again. Spring has arrived in town and its absolutely beautiful. I better get over this shyness quickly before spring has finished springing.

LarrySeiler
04-18-2002, 06:53 PM
heeh eeeh

you'll get over it. ONce the routine kicks in!

We do seem like a one person carnival though for folks not used to seeing someone set up and painting. I often hear cars slowing way down on the highway thinking they'll get some look-see over the shoulder as they pass.

I always feel sorry for the cars that pass when I first start! hahaha....oh well!

Larry

LDianeJohnson
05-27-2002, 12:09 AM
Hi Larry,

Good idea...and thank you for posting your articles as well as a couple of mine found here at WC. I don't want anyone to click-out of WC, but here are a couple of other plein air articles published on my site (the first one was posted here a couple of weeks ago, but posted again in this thread):

- Soft Pastel Plein Air Demo (http://www.ldianejohnson.com/articles/pastel-tree-demo/)
- The Basics of Landscape Composition (http://www.ldianejohnson.com/landscape_comp.html)
- Mud Conscious... (http://www.wetcanvas.com/Articles/DianeJohnson/mud.html)

Diane

ramjo
08-24-2002, 09:13 AM
that's how I felt when I first painting in plein air people stand behind me, and I stop painting. but after a while I got used to it. sometimes I put my headphone and listen to classical music while I paint.

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joseph

ramjo
08-24-2002, 05:39 PM
Larry,
thanks for the demo. i surely learned from you especially the color pallette. how many hours do you paint in snow? do you paint outside during summer? weather here in texas is 98 during the day and humidity is high. but I still try my best to paint no matter what just to keep me going.

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joseph :D

LarrySeiler
08-25-2002, 12:04 AM
Originally posted by ramjo
Larry,
thanks for the demo. i surely learned from you especially the color pallette. how many hours do you paint in snow? do you paint outside during summer? weather here in texas is 98 during the day and humidity is high. but I still try my best to paint no matter what just to keep me going.

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joseph :D

you are surely welcome Ramjo!

I probably wouldn't be able to handle what 98 degrees feels like in Florida or Texas. Up here...its a bit drier heat, but still humid. I played at a blues festival about a month ago, and it was 101 degrees and humid. Egads that was tuff...and then, to top it off a tornado whipped thru at the end of the day!

for the most part though, I paint year round outdoors. As for hours, its more like a session. I paint alla prima, and start and finish a painting in 1-1/2 to 2 hours generally. Heck...we've stood around on frozen lakes ice fishing waiting for tip up flags to go off longer than painting. Even people around here think I'm nuts standing out in knee deep snow painting until I ask them if they ice fish...then, they realize it was a dumb thing on their part to question the nature of it.

I just bought a pair of new Danner boots for about $170 that are waterproof and have 800 grams of thinsulate for warmth. That will help because I often wear my Ice Man's which are heavier than all get out for hiking in any distance.

I'm sure if I were living where you do...I'd be capturing the very early sun as it rose...or very very late in the afternoon nearer to twilight. Believe me....I think painting at your humid high temps is more impressive than standing out in cold and snow!

I often paint near Lake Superior during the summer, and the water rarely rises above 53 degrees. Wind coming off the lake cools the shore, but if wind comes from direction of the land then it drives these nasty biting black flies out to torment us! A dip in the water every so often cools the soul!

Larry

ramjo
08-25-2002, 12:21 AM
Larry,
well I want to experience to paint the snow..do you paint alone in plein air or with a group of artist's? how do you get inspired? do you have a set schedule or you paint if feel like painting..

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Joseph:D

LarrySeiler
08-25-2002, 12:44 AM
Originally posted by ramjo
Larry,
well I want to experience to paint the snow..do you paint alone in plein air or with a group of artist's? how do you get inspired? do you have a set schedule or you paint if feel like painting..

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Joseph:D

I live and operate in the sparsely populated Nicolet National Forest of NE Wisconsin. We have about 1200 lakes, rivers and streams and vast rich forests of pines and hardwoods. It is an area that many travel thru during their summer respites.

I wish I had a few artists to paint with, and perhaps one day that will become possible. I have been for sometime rallying artists I know that paint plein air or have been thinking about it. Many are very good artists and professionals. I hope to get a Midwest Alliance or plein air group formed.

I have joined a group that has formed, (an offshoot of my NAPPAP plein air group), that is called the "Cultural Alliance of Plein Air Painting" which is design to pull together the various plein air organizations and groups throughout the US. By pulling together...I mean pooling the info from existing plein air groups on exhibitions, shows, paint outs, you name it. You can read more about it here-

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NAPPAPCulAll

As for how I get inspired, I basically live what I paint. I grew up at my father's side...who was licensed in our state as a sports fishing guide. I was one of the youngest Eagle scout award recipients...and camping, backpacking, the outdoors has always been part of who I am. After 26 first years of my life in Green Bay, I had to move to northern Wisconsin where I've been the past 22 years. Instead of living for the weekends to get away to places like where I live now....I decided to live there all time, and grudgingly traveling to populated areas when necessary.

I was an award winning wildlife artist for near 20 years....and have a deep intimacy with woodland and water critters. I burned out somewhat on that genre...and simply enjoy painting the outdoor scenic today, with an occasional entree in a wildlife art competition for good measure.

When you are surrounded by the kind of constant beauty I am, you either become desensitized by it all (thus brain dead and comatose), or you have to have some kind of outlet to let the joy of it all out! I really need nothing to otherwise inspire me. An occasional trip to a city will be cause enough to awaken my senses to again and again be thankful.

I keep no set schedule. I am simply busy. If not painting, writing and recording....then performing my own brand of blues and folk music. I teach art.

I am aware of seasonal changes, and that unique works are possible at each change of the season...so, I anticipate when those changes come and am always at ready. I make goals for myself to find new gallery contacts, and when the demand for a half-dozen to dozen works comes for a gallery...then a whole new surge of course energizes me for more work to be done.

Larry

ramjo
08-25-2002, 01:13 AM
Larry,
it was sure nice to hear from you again..that would be great if you'll have a plein air painting group. I might post some of my works soon. what do you think about consignments? I had a friend couple from Colorado owned the shop. I beleive my painting would sell some. I am really excited..is that a good start for me?

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Ramjo:D

midcoast
11-14-2003, 05:20 PM
Online Demos:

http://www.jaymoorestudio.com/demostrations.htm

Jay Moore says he's also coming out with an instructional video this fall.

http://www.christensenstudio.com/painting_demostration.htm

Enjoy!

Nancy

LarrySeiler
01-13-2004, 03:05 PM
Online Demos:

http://www.jaymoorestudio.com/demostrations.htm

Jay Moore says he's also coming out with an instructional video this fall.

http://www.christensenstudio.com/painting_demostration.htm

Enjoy!

Nancy

very nice demo link here Nancy...very cool!
:clap:

Larry

DGrau
01-13-2004, 06:57 PM
Thank you for posting these links...I have truley enjoyed looking over the way your work progresses and all of your comments. Gives a nice sense of balance to everything.
Wishing you the best,
And thanks
David

DFGray
10-21-2004, 08:41 PM
October 20th at Nanoose Bay
A demo in soft pastel of this at
http://www.members.shaw.ca/dfgray/tracksalongbaydemo.htm
regards
Dan