Each group and each student is unique! My goal is to offer a roadmap that will continue to guide your creative journey long after the workshop is over. To bring more clarity to your work. To learn to paint with intent. To continue the journey from ‘painting’ to becoming a ‘painter’. And most importantly – how to develop the mindset of ‘practice’ that leads to successful ‘performance’.
Day one: I will be doing a demo start to finish, explaining my thought process for each step, aiding you in developing a personal methodology. During the demo we’ll touch on a variety of subjects – drawing, design, value, color, harmonizing your painting, materials and brush and paint handling. We will discuss how to approach your creative process – concept, scene selection and preparation. You will learn the steps that prepare the groundwork for a successful painting.
Day two: Permission to slow down and find the joy! You will have time to work through each of the preparatory steps for creating a painting ‘en plein air’. I’ll be teaching a method not a style. Whether you’re new to plein air or an experienced professional having a structure that allows you to check your progress at each stage before moving on to the next will bring more consistency to your efforts. You’ll avoid a problem, unresolved from an early stage in the process, spoil what otherwise may have been an inspired painting. Start strong! End Strong!
Day three: The day will be devoted entirely to using the preparatory work from days one and two to bring your paintings to completion. Each student will receive individual instruction. The day will be devoted to putting into practice the concepts we’ve covered and allow you to focus on that on the thing that is going to put wind under your wings!
Bring your questions, your curiosity and some thoughts about what you’ve been most wanting to improve!
Carrying on the great traditions of representational oil painting and passing that torch to her students are Lyn’s two great passions in life. She is an award winning plein air and studio oil painter with works that hang in private collections across the United States. After returning from studying art in Melbourne, Australia, Lyn began a 25 year career as an American illustrator and painter, garnering awards from the Oil Painters of America, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Southwest Art, the Society of Illustrators, the Art Directors Club, the Illustrators Workshops, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Lyn’s early inspiration came from the great Illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration and their contemporaries, the American and European painters of the late 1800’s and early 20th century. She was captivated by not only the power of the images but their story-telling ability. Lyn takes the focus, energy and ability to respond in the moment required of plein air painting and uses it to inform and bring life to her studio work. Lyn’s devotion to painting ‘en plein air’ takes her on the road for more than half the year before returning to her studio in Durango, Colorado for the winter months. Her commitment to teaching began with nearly a decade as an illustration instructor and now continues through her workshops.
I paint because it’s necessary. It’s part of my DNA. My North star. The few times I’ve tried to escape it, it’s always chased me down. I feel whole when I paint, directionless when I don’t. I remember every minute of a day spent painting. It tunes the senses and the soul.
My inspiration comes always from patterns. They are the first things to draw me to a subject. Divisions of space. Light and dark. The subtle and not so subtle. Whether I’m responding to something from the natural world, the world of man or an interesting intersection of the two I’m compelled by a need to capture the moment. I have an overwhelming need to first understand what’s captivated me, second, interact with it using brushes and paint, and finally share the results – my view of the world.
My paintings are always about what compelled me to paint something in the first place. For me a successful painting is the one that is able to elicit that same feeling in concert with a more personal feeling known only to the viewer. I consider that the completion of a painting.
Plein Air Workshop Supply List
The supply list is just a suggestion. Supplies are expensive so don’t feel you need to go out and replace all of your equipment! The list is what I use and will be demonstrating with. It will be easier to do the exercises if you can bring supplies that are somewhat similar. These are my personal preferences. The only things I’d like you to bring verbatim from the list are the items under the ‘SKETCHBOOKS AND MARKERS’ and ‘SOLVENT & MEDIUM’ sections. We’ll do some of our most important studying using the sketchbook and markers. “Start strong end strong!”
Contact Lyn with questions about the class: email@example.com
PAINTING PANELS: Centurion Deluxe Oil Primed Linen Panels 3 – 8×8 2 – 9×12 Wet Panel Carriers (I like Raymar and Panel Pak)
SKETCHBOOKS AND MARKERS: REQUIRED Strathmore 400 Series – 7”x10” hard-covererd Field Drawing sketchbook – 4”x6” soft cover, top spiral bound sketch pad Prismacolor Premier double ended chisel markers: – Cool Gray: 30, 50, 70, 90 and black Pen for note-taking HB mechanical pencil for sketching SOLVENT AND MEDIUM PLEASE BRING ONLY Gamblin Oderless Mineral Spirits for your solvent and only M.Graham walnut oil for a medium. Solvent container / brush washer. Note: The Sedona Arts Center will provide Oderless Mineral Spirits for students use and reclaim used spirits.
PAINTS M. Graham Oils – except where indicated:
Titanium White – 50Z. (M. GRAHAM or GAMBLIN) Ivory Black Cad Lemon (GAMBLIN) Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Orange Cadmium Red Light Alizarin Permanent (GAMBLIN) Ultramarine Blue Cobalt Blue Manganese Blue Hue (GAMBLIN) Transparent Red Oxide BRUSHES: Rosemary Ivory Long Flats – long handled: 2,4,6,8 10,12 Blick Palette Knife Style 4 – 3/4 in x 2 1/16 in. Double ended rubber wipe out tool MISC: Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion Paper Towels – Viva Select-a-size Gray Scale And Value Finder Card View Catcher Single edge blade paint scraper for cleaning palette Small garbage bags
ADDITIONAL PLEIN AIR GEAR FOR PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS: Use whatever brand of easel and tripod you’re used to and prefer. My personal favorite is Josh Been’s – Daytripper.
Lightweight chair Hat Umbrella – BestBrella – white (I try to not use an umbrella) Neutral colored shirt/jacket Sunscreen Water bottle Snacks!
“I took a multi-day Plein Air workshop with Lyn Boyer in October 2018 in Moab, Utah. Lyn is highly organized and well spoken in her presentation of information to us as students. She shared a vast array and quantity of high quality knowledge with us. She was able to communicate the routine she uses for painting and then we practiced immediately afterwards. We had a huge amount of practice time with her circulating to each one of us students in a fair and equitable manner. We worked on practical matters of creating a plein air painting as well as more esoteric matters such as why we paint and what we are trying to say in our painting. It was extremely beneficial for me as it helped me organize my approach to my painting. I felt confident I had the tools to create during the beginning, middle and end of my plein air session. Lyn also shared some tips with the class which were interspersed during class painting time. We went outside and did plein air painting every day and learned how to deal with good and bad weather conditions. She is also very personable and has an infectious positive attitude she shares with all of us who interacted with her. I recommend any painting class or workshop with Lyn!” - C. Keshet
“Lyn is an exceptional art instructor. She was quick to identify the help I needed to enhance the skills needed to meet my painting goals. She inspired me in ways I never thought possible and my paintings are beyond what I thought I was capable of. “ - M. Brown
"I had the opportunity to take a half day private instructional lesson followed by a three day hands on plein air group workshop from Lyn last fall. I was truly pleased with the painting knowledge and skill Lyn demonstrated and generously shared with me individually and with the group. Her class format was educationally sound, guided exercises well planned and definite personal attention provided. My time was well spent. “ -D. Laing
“Lyn Boyer’s oil painting workshop was outstanding. I learned more in her 3-day workshop than in the many other workshops that I have taken. She made clear how to make decisions, especially those about format and design. She taught a sequence of logical steps for “no fear” oil painting. She asked students to identify their main challenge that she then specifically addressed as she helped each student individually. All students received equal individual attention because she used a timer as she went from easel to easel. I highly recommend this workshop for both accomplished and aspiring artists.
I have also taken private oil painting lessons from Lyn Boyer and each session has been outstanding. Each session began with self-identification of challenges, which she then addressed thoroughly. Instruction was practical, logical and clear. I learned how to make better decisions about format, design, shapes, values, light, mood, color, track of vision, visual weight, paint application and even equipment. Her critiques of my paintings were honest, not dismissive nor falsely positive. I highly recommend both her private lessons and critique sessions for accomplished and aspiring artists.” - V. Coe, Colorado