David P. Curtis
Paintings and Plein Air Art Instruction

Virtual Plein Air Zoom Classes

The Sight & Insight Zoom Program

Don't forget to consider our Sight and Insight Zoom program, which is offering two presentations on color in the lead-up to a summer of painting and there is still time to sign up. There is no finer experience for a painter than working on location, and our Sight and Insight program can help you better prepare for that experience.

  • May 13, 16, 20, 23, and 27 Sight and Insight Zoom Discourse “The Color Experience,” (Thursdays and Sundays at 5 pm)
  • June 6, 10, 13, 17, and 20, Sight and Insight Zoom Discourse “Plein Air Color,” (Thursdays and Sundays at 5 pm)  

How can a better understanding of color help you improve your work? As painters, we aim to “transpose light into paint.” Through experimenting, we find the sun affects the color of objects, while others react to shadows or reflected lights from other things. We will also look at how the color changes due to the juxtaposition of the color next to it! Do we want vibration or harmony? Saturation of color is a part of the color’s luminance.

Below: David P. Curtis, Looking Back, oil on canvas, 12 x 24.

Color is a pervasive part of our visual experience. It can influence our moods, affect how we interpret things about the world, and even carry symbolic meaning. Ultimately, color is one of the most significant challenges painters face. Why not join our Zoom program and get a head start on preparing to work outdoors?

Tuition for 5 sessions is $150.00 featuring 2 PowerPoint modules, homework, and 3 Critique Sessions. To register, please email davidpcurtis@comcast.net then send your tuition check, payable David P. Curtis, to 30 Riverview Road, Gloucester, MA 01930-1614. Note: You will need the Zoom application to participate in this class, which you can download free at https://zoom.us.

“Ideas go booming through the world louder than cannon. Thoughts are mightier than armies. Principles have achieved more victories than horsemen or chariots.” — William M. Paxton


David P. Curtis Exhibition: ENISLE

A collection of oil paintings by David P Curtis will be on display at SANTANDER BANK'S Manchester Branch, 17 Union St., Manchester, MA 01944 - Mar. 3 through April 7, 2021.

From the Press Release: David P. Curtis is primarily a Plein air painter and art teacher working around Cape Ann, but last March Coronavirus health restrictions changed his schedule and forced him indoors. Although not as happy painting in the studio, Curtis found that necessity required him to experiment in painting interiors and landscapes from memory. This, he says, brought on an island mentality, hence the title of his show: Enisle.
“I grew up amidst the nature and ambiance of Cape Ann,” explains Curtis. “Beauty, aesthetics, dreams: these all take part in creating a play while I paint. Being sequestered last year forced me to draw on different creative habits and find a deep inspirational feeling I could call on, even in the studio. In talking with other artists, this seems to be simpatico. ..."


VIRTUAL CRITIQUES are available. Check the Critique page in the above MENU for details.

Virtual Critique (per painting) $25.00
Highlights & Accents by David P. Curtis $35.00

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Or maybe you'd like a copy of my new book, Highlights & Accents, to delve into a discover fresh inspiration during this Lockdown?!

Highlights & Accents is an 88-page full-color paperback (11 x 8 ½ in) featuring more than 40 of my essays covering various artists and aspects of art — $ 35.00, including shipping. See add to cart above.

'Art is a Safe Haven'

I hope you and your loved ones remain safe and well during this present state/federal lockdown.

Art is a creative outlet while we have time on our hands. It engages our imagination, our energy, and our mental welfare. Everyone can create art and all those who have reached some success had to begin somewhere.

During hard times,' Art is a safe haven for individuals, helping them engage Heart, Hands, Mind, and Soul! Why not try creating a piece of Art of your own? And if you need instruction or critiques - let me know! I am here for you.