The first demo was one of her famous bunnies,
this one titled Marvin.
After the demos, the students picked their photos, and, following Rita’s instruction in the demo, created their own works with a lot of input and individual attention from Rita.
We've finally had the back yard landscaped
and we needed a chance to show it off, so...
The group that was here last year, "Plein Air Round Rock" will be returning but invitees also include those who have contacted us to express an interest in a plein air day here at the ranch and former plein air students who live locally.
For directions, Use the link below, THEN click on "Directions", enter your address and hit "Enter" and you'll know exactly where we are and how long a drive it is from your place to ours.
If you're NOT a member of Plein Air Round Rock, we'd appreciate having an email or a comment below from you ahead of time so we can have an idea of how many to expect. Thanks!
For all the details, visit our Workshops page at: http://www.paintedviewsranch.com/workshops.html
But the landscaping project in the back yard is progressing, slow but sure. These pictures kind of show what we started with and hopefully another week should bring us to the time for the big reveal.
here to see some examples of her gorgeous work up close and personal. Denise loves painting outdoors, so her workshop will be a plein air class and in the month of October we won't have the heat of Texas summers!
In the meantime, here's a peek at some
of the fall color around Painted Views Ranch.
Rich arrived two days early and in the evening before his class I had an opportunity to follow his process as he laid some magic on a canvas that depicted a view that I see every day from the north window of my studio.
Rich gifted us this one, and another, that will hang in our classroom.
Thank you, Rich. You're very generous.
The first day of his workshop was windy and cold; always a plein air painter's challenge. But our students bundled up against the elements and watched Rich do a demo painting in the morning under cover and using the house to break the winds.
In the afternoon the students all set up their gear and had a go at painting the surroundings of our koi pond.
The second day was a better day with less wind, so everyone ventured down to the cattle pasture with quite different views, and after a demo from Rich, ...
... dove into creating images of the spreading oak trees that had a hillside to the west behind them.
The last day of the workshop started out a little cool but it finally matured into a beautiful day. Students scattered out across the very top part of the pasture among the cedars trees and in every direction they looked there was something different to paint.
After lunch, Rich started the afternoon with a demo on cloud painting, before everyone resumed working on their second piece for the day.
This was our last workshop scheduled for this year, but we're already booking others for 2018.
To get the details for next year's workshops, click here.
Last weekend we had our first workshop with Qiang Huang.
Friday morning started off chilly, drizzly and damp. but Qiang did a demo under the cover of our (rapidly becoming) famous breezeway, with 10 very attentive students ....
Then in the afternoon, as the weather cleared off a bit, our 10 students set up their gear in three different spots, all under cover, and got to work. It was amazing to see how differently 10 students can interpret the same view.
On Saturday, Qiang started the day in our classroom with a digital slideshow presentation on the principles of landscape painting. Then the class moved outside to the other end of the breezeway facing east, as Qiang did another demo painting of our koi pond with it's many lilypads, while using his umbrella to keep the morning sun glare off his painting.
In the afternoon, the patio was then in the shade and all the students set up to do their own painting of the pond.
Sunday presented a big challenge, because we used our tractor to make a very large set up for a still life.
Qiang did his third demo ......
......by drawing the image while he waited for the light to change and become interesting before he started to paint.
...when he finished, removed the umbrella and the sunlight hit his painting, the effect was amazing!
After lunch, half the class had a go at the tractor from the shade of our oaks or barn porch .....
..... while the others revisited views that they had done previously, but from a different angle.
All in all, everyone had a memorable experience and learned quite a bit, and Qiang said that his workshop schedule for next year is already filled, but he asked us to schedule him again in 2019!
We have one more workshop for this year, October 27 - 29 with just a few openings left.
Click here for all the details.
Now here's some photos from Saturday's event.
In the shade of the breezeway and looking west.
Lined up on the front lawn, painting views from southwest to northwest
Rascal the Ranch Foreman supervises the two painting our koi pond with it's waterfalls from the east patio.
Is that a plein air painter's dream or what?
And just a few steps away there's this!
Rascal keeps watch for possible vulture attacks.
He must have done a good job because all the painters came out alive.
Our only problem is that now Rascal thinks he's an art critic.
To see all their completed paintings, go to our website with this link.