Notes on Plein Air: New England
(3-Day Workshop – 350)
June 22, 2021 – June 24, 2021
by Professional Artist, Adriano Farinella
Workshop Description/Presenter Info:
This immersive plein air workshop is an opportunity for painters of all skill levels to join me in beautiful Haverhill, New Hampshire for three solid days of painting on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River Valley and along the grounds of the historic Gibson House B&B.
Like all my workshops, this one will focus on balancing the development of technical skills with the aspects of painting that transcend technique and get us to higher levels of ourselves as artists and creators.
Beginners, intermediate, and advanced students will have the option of working from my guidebook, ‘Notes on Plein Air’, to build their painting process by learning to use Notan sketches, three-grey value sketches, monochromatic block-ins, line drawings, and a limited palette to compose paintings. We’ll also challenge our own habits in composition and design by working more intuitively and freely with directly painted small scale sketches. All students, beginners and those with extensive plein air experience, are welcome and will receive at least two personal critiques a day where demos, suggestions, guidance, and attention to their individual concerns and questions are addressed.
The general itinerary is to paint from 9 am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. We’ll break for an hour lunch in between. From 3 to 4pm, we’ll meet back at the B&B for a group critique where we assess the day’s work and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of our paintings. Group critiques are an extremely valuable time where we show our work, ask questions, answer questions, discuss techniques, and offer constructive support. So much of the lessons and learning happen during these sessions and the next painting days are always better for it.
The great part about staying at a B&B with all the workshop participants is that we can spend time before and after painting in conversation. We’ll have an opportunity for some informal discussions on plein air painting in art history, the art business, as well as all the elements of a painting career that go beyond technique and process. Really, every day spent painting outside is an opportunity for growth as a painter because plein air painting is a lesson in paying attention to the moment you’re in. That can be a frustrating lesson for some especially if they are struggling with the technical aspects and skills needed to accurately express what they want through their work. In my workshops, I seek to meet painters where they are in the strengths and struggles of their practice and help get them to their next level as artists. I came a long way from how I felt about plein air painting in my early career. I’ve given talks on that experience and you can listen to one of those here: https://www.adrianofarinella.com/blog/2018/8/15/i-am-not-a-plein-air-painter
All skill levels are welcome.
Students need to provide their own materials including a portable easel or pochade box.
A materials list with direct links to suggested paint, brushes, and plein air gear will be published on adrianofarinella.com in the coming weeks. Sign up for my newsletter to stay informed.
Instructor Adriano Farinella’s Bio
Adriano lives and works in Easton, Pennsylvania. He teaches workshops that balance elemental skill-building exercises with intuitive painting practices.
He approaches his studio work as a spiritual practice creating meditative landscape paintings from memory and imagination. These invented landscapes use clouds as protagonists and symbols of impermanence while the land acts as an eternal counterbalance. Rather than being a recording of a specific place at a particular time of day, the studio paintings refer to a metaphysical version of ‘a place in time’ and are intended to connect the viewer to broad contemplations that simultaneously transcend the temporal world and root into it.
From his guidebook, Notes on Plein Air: “I know from experience that it’s very possible to lose oneself in the struggle with the technical aspects of painting and the attachment to what you think your final painting should look like. It’s best to let that all go or you can find yourself ultimately frustrated with everything you make, sometimes even before you make it. Or worse, that kind of energy can just kill your creative spirit entirely. Instead, consider your time outside in and with nature to be an exercise in paying attention. A chance to cultivate a dynamic dialogue between what you’re seeing and what you’re making. There’s no need to impose pressure on yourself to make a masterpiece in one day a weekend. Just be present, be mindful, be aware, paint”.
Be sure to mention this workshop to receive special lodging rates and extras as a workshop participant.