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2018 Doug Braithwaite Workshop: Plein Air Game Plan

September 17, 2018 - September 19, 2018


LOCATION:  Meet at Escalante Visitor Center at 8:30 AM first day 

Three days / six sessions of instruction prior to festival plein air competition –  Monday, September 17 thru Wednesday, September 19 

COST: $350 / Minimum of 10 – Maximum of 15 / All ability levels

The supply list for workshop is here.


This workshop is designed to give you a game plan for painting plein air.  Doug will give you all the ammunition you need to find, compose and execute a painting in any atmosphere you see or choose to create.  Doug holds back no secrets and shares his entire game plan for any landscape, in any season of the year.  Morning and afternoon sessions will be determined based on the light and weather.  

Doug has been painting since he was old enough to hold a paintbrush.  He pursued his love and talent of art and graduated from the University of Utah in 1991.  Since that time, Doug’s bold brushstrokes have been easily recognized by admirers and collectors.  His work was once well-described in Southwest Art Magazine as “where realism meets abstraction,” almost like two paintings in one.  From far away, it is almost photographic.  As you move closer, however, you see much less detail and the bold brush strokes merely interpret what your eyes are seeing. 

He is a frequent participant in plein air painting competitions across the country and has been recognized with dozens of awards over the years to include, most recently, 1st Place in Oil at the Dixie Sears Invitational in 2017 and 2nd Place in 2016, Best of Show at the Traces of the West Show in Ogden, Utah in 2016, Best of Show along with 1st Place – Quick Draw at the Driggs Digs Plein Air in 2015, and Best of Show at the Zion’s Plein Air Invitational in 2013.  He has taught workshops for the past 25 years and continues to teach a couple of workshops each year.

“Painting for me feels like composing and playing music.  I look for the rhythm and tempo created by the geometry of space.  I think of tone and pitch when I work out the color and value relationships.  I think of interpretation and feeling as I use my tools to manipulate the color atmospheres and spatial relationships.  I paint my life experiences.  I paint the deserts, the pastoral landscapes, the mountains and the urban landscapes of winter, spring, summer and fall.  I paint all the places I encounter as I travel.  I am very interested in expressing what life is like here and now and is somewhat of a timestamp of my life.” 

Doug’s work can be seen at Terzian Gallery, Torrey Gallery, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, Bella Muse Fine Art and Braithwaite Fine Art.  He works out of his home studio in Sunset, Utah.  Visit Doug’s website to see more of his work here.


Workshop Registration



September 17, 2018
September 19, 2018
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