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September 2017

Carol Johansen: The Essence of Nocturne Painting

September 16 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park,




United States

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Painting nocturnes are exciting! Bring your gear and a headlight.  Learn the essentials to a visual idea for painting in the dark on location, or even in the studio from photographs when you arrive back home. Carol Johansen is a landscape artist living in rural Utah.  She enjoys traveling extensively throughout the West exploring  the space and rhythm of her surroundings, employing strokes  of expressive color. Carol prefers to paint directly from life,  painting en plein air scenes filled with…

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Fundamentals of Plein Air Painting

September 19 - September 22

Three days of instruction prior to festival plein air competition

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Plein Air Painting Competition

September 22 - September 27

The Plein Air Painting Competition allows artists six full days to paint.  Canvas stamping occurs at the Escalante Community Center and begins Friday, September 22.  Final painting entries must be submitted on Wednesday, September 27 between 11 AM and 6 PM at the Escalante Community Center.     More Information   REGISTER NOW!  

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Nocturne Paint-Out

September 23

$875 in prizes. Stamp-in starts at 8 pm, location TBD. Please check back soon. We will update the website when this information becomes available.

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Peggy Trigg: Bring the Landscape to Life

September 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Escalante Town Park,

In this demo, Peggy will help you understand how to free up your painting style with strong use of design elements like color choices, value, line and shape. Composition and cropping techniques, as well as eliminating unwanted “stuff”, will also be discussed.  Peggy works loose and fast and most often with the largest brush possible or painting spatula. Her lively work emphasizes the feeling of the place, not an exact replication. She works in acrylics, enjoying the bold, intense color.…

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Painting Rocks – Sunset Workshop

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Instructor: Kate Withers  Sunday, September 24 – 3 PM to 8:30 PM – Location TBD: Meet at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center at 3 PM to carpool to location Cost: $70 / Workshop is limited to 20 participants – must have 5 registered for it to be held.  / All Experience Levels / What to Bring Late afternoon painting expedition in the Utah high desert. Focus on rock structures .. strong composition and value design ..  reflected light .. aerial perspective .. capturing the beautiful drama of light…

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Pastel Painting Landscapes

September 25 - September 28

Insructor: Bonnie Griffith Monday, September 25 or Thursday, September 28 / 9 AM to 5 PM each day / Limited to 20 participants each workshop Cost: $100  / Locations TBD  Join Bonnie Griffith for this workshop and punch up your pastel painting skills!  The class will focus on pastel techniques that Bonnie uses to create dynamic landscapes in the studio and in plein air.  You will work on two different papers (provided by instructor) and learn the value of underpainting plus other points…

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Julia Seelos: Outdoors – Oils Alla Prima

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Escalante Town Park,

Painting in the outdoors, known as “plein air” allows the artist to experience the beauty of a place while attempting to capture in paint the shapes, colors and textures that make it special. The experience of painting with oils can be both rewarding and frustrating. A few basic principles coupled with careful observation arms the artist with the tools to grow in their journey to become a better painter. Julia will cover her set-up and equipment and how they help…

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Lewis Williams: BOGO – Two for One Painting

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Escalante Town Park,

This demonstration is more about a painting experience than a daily practice, but it might lead into a new way of working or seeing.  The two for one, ironically, will involve painting two paintings of the same view at the same time.  One painting will be done with direct observation while the other, facing with the back to the scene, will be painted from memory.  “Why?” you’ll ask - “why not?” I will respond.  I will challenge myself to paint…

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Celebrate Public Lands Paint Out

September 26

$875 in prizes. Celebrate Public Lands is the 2017 theme for the Paint-Out. Artists may paint subjects on any public lands in Garfield, Kane or Wayne Counties. Proceeds from the Celebrate Public Lands Paint will be donated to Grand Staircase-Escalante Partners to support their programming and initiatives. Please check back soon. We will update the website when this information becomes available.

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