This will be an enjoyable and intense 3-day workshop involving painting on-site at special locations in the Sedona landscape and a few choice studio sessions for discussions, critiques and demos. We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the 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. Students of all abilities are welcome however students should have a basic familiarity with the painting medium of their choice.
Bill Cramer is an influential painter and instructor. Bill has won many awards at Plein Air Festivals including the Sedona Plein Air Festival’s; Artist’s Choice, Best of Show, Collector’s Choice, and the Sedona Image Award. Bill has also taught numerous plein air workshops through the Sedona Arts Center and leads our popular Field Expedition “Painting at the Rim of the Grand Canyon”.