Friday, March 22, 2013

Monhegan Trip in the Works

if you'd like to go to paint on Monhegan Island in Maine i'll be taking a small elite group of painters on a painting trip in late august. it will be a three or four day mentoring workshop. this means i'll be painting during the day teaching early, late and inbetween my painting sessions. when i paint it wont be a demo but you can watch me from start to finish if you  choose, or you can work on something yourself and i'll help you that night. we will all have dinner together and critique paintings, discuss techniques of painting, how to sell your paintings once theyre done, including the finer part of getting into galleries, art history and much more, well into the night. everybody in this workshop will be experienced plein air painters from all over the east coast. if youre interested let me know now. it'll fill fast and will be an extremely small class size for personal attention. we'll most likely all stay together in the same cottage, as well.

Monhegan Island is ten miles from the Maine coast and you travel by ferry. artists have been going there for 100 years and when you get there you'll be surrounded by the rugged beauty of steep cliffs (edward hopper painted these beautifully) and lobster boats strewn around on low tide at Fish Beach. ive been before and i'm here to tell you its gorgeous landscape to paint. you'll see folks set up all over the place painting from sun up to sundown. it was and still is an artist colony in the strictest sense. everybody has to paint there once before they die!

one from the show
it was said to me at the show several times that this has a hopperesque feel to it. what do you think?

 my demo during the key largo workshop
 the setup
my initial cape cod school underpainting. these overly bright first notes will get second color notes on them (and maybe third notes as well ) until they are the color i want them to be.

1 comment:

Carolyn Sondergeld Smith said...

The workshop was great, Mike. I learned so much, it was well worth it! Thanks so much for teaching us this special way to paint!