David P. Curtis
Paintings and Plein Air Art Instruction

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October 10-12, 2018: October Skies

A Sight and Insight Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop with Instructors: David P. Curtis and Lorwen 'Connie' Nagle 

Join David and Connie as they explore the principles of aerial perspective. Learn to design skies, model clouds and paint a fresh plein air landscape in one session! The Sight and Insight programs are popular, so sign up now. Space is limited. Tuition $300 pp. Please email via the contact page to register

"Aerial perspective has nothing to do with line, but concerns tone and colors, by the delicate manipulation of which an artist can suggest infinite distance." — Walter J. Phillips (English-born Canadian painter and printmaker 1884-1963)

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, and will address the importance of aerial perspective in creating dynamic 'moving' alla prima skies. As English painter, John Constable once said, "The sky is the source of light in Nature and it governs everything."

This is your invitation to join David P. Curtis, Lorwen 'Connie' Nagle, and Tom Heinsohn for a private showing of their recent works executed on site while painting together. They will be exhibiting more than 40 new works. The reception hours are 2 - 5 pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP for directions as parking space is limited.

You will also be able to view the exhibition on Instagram @curtisharrisart shortly.

Plein Air Landscape in Oils – Coastal Maine Art Workshops, Rockland, Me. All skill levels.

Join us for five locations selected for you to enjoy and paint the Maine coast at its best. “David Curtis graciously agreed to cover a class last year when the scheduled instructor could not come, and blew everybody out of the water! The students, good painters with lots of workshop experience and unanimous in their praise, said it was absolutely the best class they had ever taken.” — Lyn Donovan

To register, please contact Lyn Donovan (207) 594-4813, P.O. Box 845, Camden, Maine 04843. Email: info@coastalmaineartworkshops.com. 5-days: $650.00

(posted on 3 May 2018)

Plein Air Saturday continues ...

Meet at the Allyn Cox Reservation, Essex County Greenbelt Headquarters, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex. Hours: 10am-4pm. Weather permitting!

Tuition: $20.00 drop in class. No sign up necessary.

The Cox Reservation consists of 26 acres of upland, salt marsh, farmland with house and barn, and river frontage on Eastern Avenue. The views from the larger parcel east toward the salt marsh, the Essex River, the back of Crane Beach, and Castle Hill and Choate Island are magnificent.

Composition – a Sight & Insight Workshop for students of all levels wishing to take their skills in outdoor oil painting to the next level. This workshop addresses the idea of memory painting; a vital component of plein air painting and an aspect of landscape that is rarely taught, because will improve your composition skills! A good painting is based on what you remember, as this will assist you refine your painting. You must make your decisions based on memory or compositional analysis because the pattern of light and shadow changes over two or three hours out of doors.

Class work will emphasize observation and composition of the outdoor sketch utilizing color, tone and design. A set of my Field Notes is included in the tuition. 5-days: $500.00

Boats and Buildings – a Cape Ann Summer Workshop for students of all levels wishing to take their skills in outdoor oil painting to the next level. Class work will emphasize observation and composition of the outdoor sketch utilizing color, tone and design. We will paint at three different locations to challenge ourselves daily. A set of my Field Notes is included in the tuition.

Please note, this class fills quickly. 3-days: $300.00

Turning the form convincingly is critical to earning your credibility as a serious artist. Outdoor painting requires different ways and methods to turn form - as opposed to still life and portrait painting. Learn these methods and more in this special week long workshop. Instructors: David P. Curtis and Lorwen C. Nagle.

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