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Bill Cramer: Canyons & Colors, Escalante en Plein Air

September 23, 2024 @ 7:00 am - September 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm


Monday and Tuesday, September 23 & 24, 2024 (7 am – dusk), Location – Meet at Escalante Town Park Pavilion

COST: $250 /  Maximum of 12; Minimum of 6 / All ability levels

This will be an enjoyable and intense two-day plein air workshop painting at scenic locations around Escalante, Utah. Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three-dimensional landscape onto a two-dimensional plane through the careful use of composition, colors, values, shapes, edges, and textures. Taking and using reference photos will also be discussed. 

Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process, with the aim of creating paintings that go beyond strict representations of the landscape. Multiple demonstrations will be provided, complemented by individual attention and group learning. 

Students of all abilities are welcome, although all participants should have a basic familiarity with their chosen painting medium and plein air equipment. While all of the demonstrations will be done using traditional oil paints, I’m familiar with the use of all mediums. You can find a list of the materials I use and recommend at https://www.billcramerstudio.com/workshop/25878/workshop-materials-list

Prior to the workshop, I’ll contact all concerning all participants regarding materials, locations, and meeting times. The course will begin early in the morning on the first day, on location.


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Bill Cramer is best known for his striking oil paintings of the American West. Growing up in the west, Bill always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. As a longtime rock climber, he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical aspects of the landscape. After receiving a fine arts degree from CSU Long Beach, he moved to Arizona with his wife Michelle to be closer to the scenery they both enjoyed. It was there that he discovered the delight and challenges of plein air painting, his outdoor experiences providing much of the insight and inspiration for his landscape paintings. Bill works in a style best described as Impressionistic Realism, where strong brushwork and colors are used to express the vitality and beauty of the natural world.  

You can see more of his work at https://www.billcramerstudio.com/


September 23, 2024 @ 7:00 am
September 24, 2024 @ 7:00 pm
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