David P. Curtis
Paintings and Plein Air Art Instruction

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You can be a beginner or a pro, you will always learn something in David's classes His knowledge of the history of painting of course in Cape Ann is stunning. His paintings are of course are classics as soon as they are done. I enjoy every year jointing at least one of his workshops.
Michael Storella - 28 Feb 2019
Great workshop Boats + Building's - as was Sight + Insight completely inspired, look forward to painting on Saturday. Gary Y
Gary Younker - 28 Nov 2017
Hello David, thank you for a great workshop in Maine. Love your paintings!
Holly Smith - 2 Sep 2017
This website is very interesting to see and visit. article was very interesting to read. I hope the article is posted on this website is useful for readers. www.sttgarut.ac.id
lina - 1 Mar 2016
This experiences sense of otherwise random trial and error attempts at landscape painting..I missed last yeardue to a grueling work sched ---That's over now and I cant wait to get back to working on COx with Dave's lessons and colleagues. Hopefully can keep it up and add a little experimentatation. I learned a lot of subtle stuff from Dave in a few sessions that have matured my paiting
Joseph Rampulla - 24 Mar 2014
Mr. Curtis, bought 2 of your dad's books, the one on Sea Scapes really helped me grow. I really like your notes on painting and your work. I believe the best painters come out of Mass. Good ones in California also but the history of Cape ann and Rockport is phenominal. I'm too old to and too far a way to do a workshop but thanks for sharing the painting notes And I gleaned what I needed for my growth. We need painting theory but we need daily painting and work to really grow. your expertise is right on the mark. Thanks m.leblanc
m. leblanc - 23 Oct 2013
enjoyed your webite. I'm selftaught, and would love to attend a workshop, but will have to content myself with buying a book or two for now
audrey steeves - 8 May 2013
David was my first Plein Air instructor and inspiration for being a dedicated artist. Though I have attended workshops and received instruction from many other teachers, David is, in my opinion, far more talented in every way. His encouragement, sensitivity to each artist's style/visualizations, and pleasant, warm manner are exceptional. I try to attend at least one workshop a year...always needing a "D.C. fix!" Judith, hid wife, is also talented ( a writer) and charming. Together and apart, they are special individuals!
Alice Ingraham - 2 Feb 2013
I enjoyed the "Twilight" Workshop of last year (2011) and look forward to your remarkable insights in both observation as well as the practice of painting in your "Boats and Buildings" Workshop!
Tom Martino - 21 Jun 2012
Your work is just lovely! I would love to attend one of your workshops. Is there any lodging nearby. I would be coming from New Jersey. Best regards D Mullen
Deb Mullen - 29 Jan 2012
Just browsing the work of several members of the North Shore Arts Association when the name David Curtis caught my eye - thought I'd have a look-see. Living in England, I am better acquainted with the work of 'our' David Curtis and although I knew from my visits to Cape Ann that you spent time in Yorkshire I cannot before recollect seeing any of your English paintings. Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale, Brimham Rocks! All wonderful images of places frequented by me in my youth, captured by a man blessed with great talent. Thank you so much.
Denis Pickles - 15 Aug 2011
I enjoyed your August 4th demo. Your obvious passion for painting drove your points home to me; hope to see you at this Saturday's painting session in Essex
tom Martino - 9 Aug 2011
Today I participated in the third of a three-day workshop with David. He is congenial, asks questions that help you process and learn, and has inherited a rich legacy from the Boston School, moving beyond to personalize his vision. I recommend his workshops and find much pleasure looking at his work!
Lois T Andersen - 22 Jul 2011
I have only been painting for 12 years and consider myself a newcomer with much to learn. Originally from Massachusetts, I have resided in Alabama for the past 8 years. I love your paintings and perhaps one day I may be fortunate enough to attend one of your workshops. I just printed out your field notes on "Tones" and find learning to paint is truly a never-ending process. Marilyn R. West
Marilyn R. West - 9 Dec 2010
Hello from Santa Barbara, Ca. I found your site by accident. I have been painting Plein Air for many years and need to learn more from you. Please put me on your mailing list.
Mia Mead - 8 Oct 2010
Just been trawling through your website. Been very enjoyable to see your paintings again.
Ralph & Roswyn Revell - 29 Sep 2010
David, Your three-day workshop in Gloucester this past summer opened my eyes to a new world of painting. I have been thinking about it continuously (inspired painting) for several months and plan to participate next summer as well. The Cox Reservation in Essex is a beautiful and varied location. Wish there were more of your workshops in the meantime!--Sept. 28, 2010
Maria Sagris Herrey - 28 Sep 2010
Your paintings have inspired me and your words have helped in my work. 'Would love to study with you. I love those skies!
Keith Howard Duff - 4 Sep 2010
I came online looking for David Curtis 'Watercolours with Impact' ... I found you, and was not disappointed. Beautiful artwork. :)
Ingrid Ormestad - 10 Aug 2010
hello Dave - we haven't been to your workshop in a couple of years, we need some inspiration and a good teacher. See you May 1st... LOU and JANE SEOANE - march 28,2010
lou seoane - 28 Mar 2010
The cohesiveness of your colors and values makes a unique statement. I also appreciate and admire the perspective and interest you're able to create out of a plain content.
Corrine Bongiovanni - 23 Mar 2010
Mr. Curtis your work is very beautiful. Please add my name to your mailing list for workshop announcements. It would be well worth the drive from Toronto!
Jennifer Murphy - 6 Sep 2009
I am looking forward to Plein Air tomorrow, 22 Aug 2009. Your demonstration at the Rockport Art Association was exhilerating. Thanks for the lesson. Connie
Connie Raymond - 21 Aug 2009
David,after observing some of your paintings in March of 2009, I wrote a line in the guestbook. I am planning on attending your demo on August 20, 2009 at Rockport. Do you hold classes/workshops in areas closer to Lowell Ma., or atleast within a 45 min. drive from there? Thank you.
Elaine Carbonneau - 19 Aug 2009
Looking forward to your demonstration at Marblehead Arts Association on the 12th. Will definitely plan to look into a workshop that fits my schedule! Your work is wonderful. And enjoyed reading the art instruction on the website.
Elizabeth Shattuck - 3 Jul 2009
Donald Smith (Jun 2007) Yes, you should move closer and take his workshop. He's great, the scenery is great, and the other people in the Saturday group are great people. David is keeping the tradition alive of the Cape Ann Painters who tried to pay it forwards.
Mary Pyche - 21 Jun 2009
You are a great painter, thank you for generously sharing your wonderful talent. You're the man. Paul
Paul George - 19 Jun 2009
I love your work, David. I get lost in your incredibly clean, beautiful color! Charlotte
Charlotte Wharton - 16 Jun 2009
Hi David - just came across your website. I think it's great. Your work is very inspirational. It will be a privilege to attend a class one day when I make it back over there! Alison
Alison Kirkbride - 16 Jun 2009
The painting on your site right now is a wonderful landscape. It makes me wish I could still go hiking. Your work has come a long way since our paths crossed back in the early '70s. I'm not surprised.
Skip Way - 2 Jun 2009
Hey David, Your work is still as fantastic as it was when we saw each other back in the 80's. Maybe I can afford a piece some day to put with Roger and Alan's. Dick Smith
Dick Smith - 12 May 2009
Dave- The images look great-nice job -you do have the talent!! Pops would be proud!
Bill Curtis - 7 Apr 2009
Nice one Uncle Dave!
Nathaniel - 26 Mar 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your wonderful paintings. March 20, 2009
Elaine Carbonneau - 20 Mar 2009
Please advise dates, locations, etc. for your 2009 workshops. Thank you.
Ina Beierle - 27 Feb 2009
Greetings , on a whim I googled Alan's name and then yours and found your site. The last time I saw you was SF around 1970 when we went camping to Big Sur with Ed Chuh, Alan's brother in law.I am amazed at the Curtis quality of your work as well as the individual and powerful style. I'm sure you don't remember me but it is good to see you have grown to be a great artisto. Google Normanellison.com to see my work. Good luck in all things. Norm Ellison ,California
norman ellison - 29 Jan 2009
Thank you for an exciting workshop. You are so generous with sharing the wealth of knowledge up there in your head and loved your stories and the bits about the great masters in art history. I now look forward to your Saturdays en plein air! kathy
kathy masella - 28 Sep 2008
david, your web site is just like you! open and full of information! see you saturday...
valerie Thomas - 25 Jun 2008
Dear David, I am planning to take your Sept course at the Rockport Art Association in Sept. I like the way you can paint very painterly and then in your next paint more traditionally. You have a wonderful understanding of plein air and studio art! I can't wait for your class,I have many questions! Linda
Linda Leonard Hughes - 5 Jun 2008
I loved both workshops I took with you. I plan to go to the Tauntan art asso. to see your demo and take your workshop there. I would like to buy your watercolor book, could you please sign it for me. thank you Susan Cabral
susan cabral - 21 Apr 2008
I have been searching for the right workshop. Your website has me very interested. I would like to have exact instructions to find your Saturday workshop. This is just what I'm looking for. Your paintings are beautiful and subjects are fantastic. Thank you..Judy Brousseau
Judy Brousseau - 30 Mar 2008
I'm interested in a spring or summer workshop
Danielle Gauthier McCarthy - 15 Mar 2008
I'm interested in attending a spring or summer workshop in 2008.
Mary Rose O'Connell - 19 Jan 2008
Interested in a spring or summer workshop in 2008. Thanks.
Paul Murphy - 13 Nov 2007
David, The two workshops that I took from you in 2002 and 2003 were great and i'm ready for another. Please let me know what your 2008 schedule will be. Have you ever considered a Florida workshop? Bob Pariseau
Bob Pariseau - 12 Nov 2007
Just found your site and am completely inspired. I just moved to an area of NY that is begging me to try plein air painting. I am going tomorrow - thank you for the inspiration.
Rebecca Finch - 3 Oct 2007
Hi David, Look forward to painting with you again. Nice Web site. Peter
Peter Kalill - 13 Jul 2007
I think that your field notes are useful to anyone interested in painting.
Danielle Gauthier McCarthy - 24 Jun 2007
Your work is amazing. I found a link to it on Wetcanvas.com. I'm glad I checked out the link.
Dave Webb - 17 Jun 2007
Hi, Ran across your webpage on a post on www.wetcanvas.com in the plein air forum. WOW! I can't believe you only charge $20.00 for a 5 hour workshop. Almost worth moving to be close enough to join in the class. Your paintings are beautiful! Don
Donald L. Smith - 16 Jun 2007
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