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Pleine Air Painting in the Gardens

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painting outsideNew or seasoned to the art of painting, join us at the Gardens for some inspiration for your next painting! Painting outdoors is attributed to the Impressionists. It was the magic of photography that allowed them to see what affect time of day and sunlight had on their surroundings. Before the camera, artists would often have one painting with several different light sources going on.        

When one is actually in nature painting and not in the studio, catching the moment and feel of a place is like figuring out a puzzle. You have three hours max to come up with a good, maybe even, a great solution.

There is always something uncomfortable about painting outdoors; either you are standing on an ant hill, a sudden wind comes up, someone stands close behind you to watch, or maybe, you are at the gardens, an hour into your effort of painting palm trees and the flowers below them when men with shovels dig up the trees to transplant them. (True story!)

Usually the viewer can tell if a place is rendered on the spot or in the studio. Look for paint blobs that are somewhat hastily applied, things look generalized instead of every leaf and blade depicted, and if you look close enough…there is a gnat stuck on the surface.

Happy painting and don’t forget to bring water and bug spray!

To register or to find out more about Judith's classes at the Gardens, visit us online or call 720-865-3580. 

Judith Scott painting outdoorsGuest Blogger: Judith Scott

One of three children, Judith Scott was the only one of the siblings that followed in her mothers footsteps and became a painter. Jane Scott (1917-2012) was a Master Pastellist and noted Nebraskan landscape painter. Judith got her MFA at Denver University and taught Design and Drawing for many years at the Art Institute of Colorado. She is currently on the faculty of the Art Student League of Denver and will be teaching this summer at the the Gardens.

Cover Image: Courtesy of Historic Gardens

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