Painting from the Rim of the Grand Canyon 2019

cramergc2018
billpainting
life-on-the-edge
From the South Rim 8x16 $850

Description

Nothing really compares to painting at the edge of the Grand Canyon. This three-day intensive offers: master instruction, the support of the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute (GCAFI) and coordination through the Sedona Arts Center. We will car pool or use GCAFI van to get to various locations on the south rim over the course of the workshop, coordinating our locations to create optimal lighting for the painting experience.

Bill Cramer teaches various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three dimensional landscape onto a two dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches, limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning.

All students should have a good familiarity with their equipment and some previous workshop experience with plein air painting. Bill will be demonstrating with oil paints. This workshop experience is limited to 10 students.

Included:
Three-Day Workshop includes: Park Pass, use of Grand Canyon Field Institute Van, Rainy Day back up studio the community building (if needed).

Not Included:
Lodging, Meals or Transportation to and from the Canyon.

(Note: First Meeting 9:00 am at the Community Building on the first day. The next two days we will be meeting at 6:00 am for morning painting then after a long lunch break we will paint till sunset.)

Bill Cramer

Bill Cramer

Growing up in southern California, Bill always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. As an experienced rock climber, he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical places of the American west. This gave him a perspective of the world that few others would ever experience. He received a fine arts degree from California State University Long Beach and later moved to Prescott, Arizona with his wife Michelle to be closer to the scenery they both enjoyed. It was there that Bill discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting, his outdoor experiences providing much of the insight and inspiration expressed in his art. Today with his wife and two daughters, Sarah and Megan, Bill divides his time between family, art and outdoor pursuits. “I’m satisfied when a painting is as rich as the landscape that inspired it. My goals are to keep exploring the southwest’s wild places, search for new ideas and express what I find exciting about landscapes and about painting.

14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Speaker and Judge, Oct, 2018
Featured Artist Zion Plein Air Festival Nov, 2018
Sedona Plein Air Festival (2016), Sedona, AZ. Artist’s Choice Award.
Phippen Western Art Show (2016), Prescott, AZ. Best in Show, 1st in Oils & Best Body of Work Award.
American Impressionist Society 16th Annual Juried Exhibit (2015). Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence.
Phippen Western Art Show (2015), Prescott, AZ. 1st in Oils.
Tempe Festival of the Arts (2015), Tempe, AZ. Best in Painting.
Sedona Plein Air Festival (2014), Sedona,AZ. Best of Show, Artist’s and Collectors Choice Awards.
Grand Canyon National Park (2014), Grand Canyon NP, AZ. Artist’s Choice Award.
Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2013), Zion NP, UT. Artist’s Choice & Purchase Awards.

  • Plein Air Easel
    Prolific, M-Box, Soltec, Strada, French, etc. or make your own (I did). Practice setting it up and using it before class, if possible. I have a few extras if any of you need to borrow one for the class.
  • Paints
    I'll be using artist grade oil paints. You'll get better results if you use better quality paints, not student grade. Utrecht and Gamblin are good brands for the $. Titanium White (large, up to 200ml tube) Cadmium Yellow Light Cadmium Yellow Lemon Cadmium Red Light Alizarin Crimson (or Quinacridone Rose) Ultramarine Blue Cerulean Blue and/or Cobalt Blue This split primary palette has a warm and cool of each primary color and is my usual palette, but feel free to bring whatever you're most comfortable with using. Any selection of colors will be a compromise; however a basic palette should have a minimum of 3 to 6 colors that can create a range of mixed hues and dark values all the way down to a near black (I don't use black, you can if you want).
  • Brushes
    Good quality bristle flats and/or filberts #4, #6, #8, #10, small to med. Medium palette knife. One of those retractable razor blade holder thingies is handy for scraping paint off your palette.
  • Odorless paint thinner
    Gamsol, Turpenoid, Sunnyside - (cheaper brands are not so odorless) in leakproof container with brush agitator.
  • Paper towels and trash bags
    Paper towels and trash bags to put them in (I carry grocery type and hook them to my easel).
  • Panels (with or without canvas)
    Bring 3 to 4 smaller panels for quick field studies and a few bigger sizes for longer ones. An assortment of sizes might include 6x8, 8x10, 9x12, 10x12; squares are fine, too - 8x8, 10x10, 12x12. I wouldn't suggest bringing any larger than these. No canvas paper, please.
  • Sketching tools
    Sketchbook or pad (6x8 or 8x10), soft graphite pencil (9B, 8B, or 6B) and/or a big sharpie pen. Viewfinder if you have one.
  • Outdoor wear
    Sun screen, wide brimmed hat, insect repellent, camera to get reference photos, umbrella (can help to keep you cooler and keep the sun off your easel, but not entirely necessary). Wear clothes you will not be worried about getting paint on. A darker colored shirt (blue, gray) is best so it doesn't reflect light onto your panel.
  • Backpack
    A backpack to carry it all! Organize items so they can fit into a single pack. You can attach your easel to this or carry it separately. Any hiking we do for the class will be short; however, it's best to be able to get to your painting location in a single trip from your car.

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