Painting in Civita Castellana
June 13th – June 27th, 2016
Paul Hotvedt, 2014, Saddle Rock, oil on canvas, 11 x 16 in
This two-week course is open to painters of all levels, instruction will be individualized based on the particular skills and interests each painter brings, yet we will work together as a group to learn from each other. The environment of Civita Castellana is a painter’s paradise providing a variety of themes to explore: rolling hills, mountains, water, architecture and, of course, the light and color of Italy.
We will gather for informal critiques after a morning of work. Afternoons are free for individual work and exploration. Group demonstrations will be given covering basic plein air techniques and more specific problems native to our location. One of the greatest challenges in working directly from nature is channeling the emotions into the flow and structure of a painting. As an experienced plein air painter who has sought beauty in both the unspectacular and the unusual I can provide you with tools to meet that challenge.
Some of the topics that will be part of the mix are:
- selecting a motif that is inspiring but not overwhelming.
- trusting in the eye: develop your ability to see what nature is revealing to you in form and color.
- working with your palette to respond to the color and light.
- developing different speeds of painting and discovery. Do we sit and wait? Or walk and explore?
- sustaining focus as the painting develops.
- and, yes, drawing!
Please explore the landscapes on my website. I have worked in a wide variety of landscapes: Mountainous New Mexico, woodland Wisconsin, the high plains and rolling hills of Kansas, the crashing surf on the Oregon coast, the Middle East, and Mexico. Each location has provided an opportunity to grow and immerse myself in that world.
Please contact me with any questions. The landscapes of Civita Castellana are unique and steeped in painter’s lore. I look forward to discovering it with you!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.