Each month, I feature a painting at a special rate. The painting below is this month’s painting. Easton Landscape, 9″ x 12″  To find out the special price, go to my website: przewodek.com IMG_3153.jpg

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In this post, I am going to describe what my 5-day workshop entails. At the end of the post, I list the dates of all this year’s 5-day workshops. Each day I will do a short demo of what I want you to work on that day. The following photos are all demonstrations done in a workshop.

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The first two days, we start by painting simple still lives. We concentrate on organizing our lights and darks, getting an accurate drawing, and painting the difference of color between all the objects. The focus of this workshop is getting a strong start. As my husband says, “If you don’t get a good start, you’re finished.” We start by using a palette knife to apply our colors.

The third day, we go on location to a neighborhood and paint houses surrounding by foliage. As you can see, the houses are just blocks on the landscape. At this point, the student can use a palette knife or a brush. As we progress through the week, we are getting more complicated and trying to apply the simple concepts introduced in the first two days.

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The fourth day, we go on location again and paint the landscape without buildings. Here we are focusing on painting the aerial perspective and the illusion of depth in a painting.

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The fifth and final day, we paint the figure outdoors. We are still painting basic shapes and not getting involved in features.

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Here are my current list of 5-day workshops scheduled for 2019:

Scottsdale Artists’ School    April 15-19.    info@ScottsdaleArtSchool.org

Petaluma, California    May 13-17    Finart@sonic.net

Petaluma, California    August 12-16.    Fineart@sonic.net


This Monday, February 18, we were at the Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility In Petaluma California. Here is a step study of my demonstration. I first cover my surface with big puzzle pieces, (the back mountain, the left hand distant trees, etc.), each being a different color and each color related to one another.  The sky is the lightest as it relates to all the colors on the ground. If I have a white object in this scene, that would be the lightest and brightest color note. In this case I don’t so the sky was the lightest. This isn’t the case in the photo I took but on location the sky was the lightest.

Picture of Scene and Final Painting

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First Lay In

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Second Pass over where I modify the first lay in

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Ta-Da – the painting finished in the studio. Painting is available at demo prices

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Here are pictures of my students. As you can see, we had a beautiful, sunny day.

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Some of my beginning students were working on a simple still life set up in full sun. This is a quick demo I did for my students of this still life. The white vase is the lightest shadow and the white in light is the brightest and lightest. I have painted my blue block a warm color because it is in the light. I have made sure that I have made all the light planes warm and lighter than any of the shadows planes. Please note that the mulch in the distance is in the light so I painted it a warm color.

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This is a painting of Lisa Skelly, who owns Huse/Skelly Gallery on Balboa Island) in the garden of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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Here is a demo I did from life in my studio under artificial lights. There is no color information in this photo reference as you can see. I have applied everything I have learned from painting on location over the last 35 years.

First of all, I have organized all my lights and darks. A white in shadow is darker than a black in sunlight. Once I put down my first color, all other colors are related to that first lay in. I am trying to paint the differences (hue, value and saturation) between each of the color notes. To paint the small dish, I have painted the inside darker and warmer and related it to the outside an lighter and cooler. In this way I can create volume. This only demonstrates how I would start this painting.

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Here are four paintings that I painted in late afternoon light. As you can see the shadows are long and the color of the air is more orange.

"Meadow Shadows"  12" x 16"

“Meadow Shadows” 12″ x 16″

"Meadow Sunset"  22" x 28"

“Meadow Sunset” 22″ x 28″

"Late Afternoon Overpass"   8" x 10"

“Late Afternoon Overpass”
8″ x 10″

"Quarryhill - Late Afternoon    11" x 14"

“Quarryhill – Late Afternoon
11″ x 14″