Goals: For each of you to have at least one finished painting that you have worked on over the course of consecutive days. We will be going beyond the oil sketch and have enough time to work for multiple days on at least one landscape.
I will paint a demo on the first morning because I believe that we all learn best by watching someone else. After lunch you will work on one or two paintings depending on the changing light and weather. I am happy to work long days and we may break for dinner and then paint the sunset effect or you can watch while I paint it. Of course, there is no obligation to stay late and you may prefer to pack it in early and get up early or hit the Portsmouth night life which is happenin! Lots of good restaurants and live music.
On the second day you can watch me work on my demo in the morning or paint alongside me. The second day on a painting can be a day of real progress where you have everything pretty much in the correct place and now you are getting the values right and paying attention to color. Break for lunch and then you work on your afternoon paintings while I coach.
The third day will be pretty much the same although if you guys prefer I will coach in the morning also instead of painting. At some point during the day we will all get together and have a critique session — look at all the work and discuss what we have accomplished.
Location: A small state park in Newcastle, NH which is part of Greater Portsmouth. There are rocky beaches, lawns and a hill where a gun emplacement used to protect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There is water on three sides and there should be good subjects to paint in the morning and afternoons. There are no facilities other than porta-potties but there is a great ice-cream/sandwich place down the street where we can get supplies.
Lodging: Wentworth By The Sea (Marriott) is on this same island (3 min drive) but is an expensive hotel/spa. There are plenty of other hotels, motels, b&b’s, etc in the area that will be within the 15 min drive range. If you need help with lodging ideas let me know. Anywhere on Rte 1 in Portsmouth or Rye or anywhere on Rte 1A which is the coastal road and very beautiful as you go south into Rye.
Cost: $300 for the 3 days which includes demos, teaching. I ask for half in advance to hold your place and the rest when you arrive.
Please send checks to:
PO Box 283
Hampton Falls, NH 03844