Capturing Depth and Atmosphere

David Santillanes

April 9–12, 2018

Oils or Acrylics
All Levels

Tuition: $575.00
Monday – Thursday


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This 4-day workshop is for all levels and will focus on painting outdoors and in the studio. Artists will learn to quickly gather the necessary visual information needed to complete a painting in the field. Learning how to simplify a landscape and interpret color relationships will be a primary focus of this workshop but other fundamental concepts will also be discussed including: how to compose and design a landscape, and the importance of values, shapes and edges.

Weather permitting we will be painting outdoors for the first two days following up in the studio for the second half of the workshop where we can distill our compositions in larger or more detailed compositions. Demonstrations and personal instruction will be included with slide presentations and critiques. The class has been limited in size to 10 students to allow for the maximum amount of one-on-one instruction.

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.


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David Santillanes

Artists Statement

"As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene.  Instead it is to capture and convey its essence.

In terms of composition, I look for simplicity. I've found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of "place". Therefore I'll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and  use them for the underlying design concept. And because I've departed from a literal interpretation, I'm free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own "words".

Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere.  This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study.   But studying the physical aspects of nature isn't the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There's no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can't be achieved in mere passing and allows me to "speak" with complete sincerity in each painting."

Recent Awards
2017 William Schultz Memorial Award - American Impressionist Society - 18th National Show
2016 First Place - Landscape Category - 12th Annual International ARC Salon
2016 Best of Show - Oil Painters of America 2016 Salon Show
2016 Landscape Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America 25th National Show, Dallas, Texas
2015 Award of Excellence - Oil Painters of America - Western Regional Show, Steamboat Springs, CO
2015 Solo Show - Abend Gallery of Fine Art - Denver, CO - September
2015 Honor Hawaii Award and People’s Choice Award - Maui Plein Air Invitational
2014 People's Choice Award - Maui Plein Air Invitational
2013 Best of Show - Grand Teton National Park Plein Air Event
2013 - Merit Award Sedona Plein Air Festival
2012 Best Painting - Main Street Paintout - 8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Invitational
2011 - Best Painting - Main Street Paintout - 7th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
2011 - Best of Show - Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational
2010 - Bronze Medal Award - Oil Painters of America 19th National Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 - Judges Award - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
2010 - People's Choice - Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Crested Butte, CO
2006 - Artist's Choice - Estes Park Plein Air, Estes Park, CO

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