Thursday, February 20, 2014

BILL CRAMER "PRESCOTT PLEIN AIR” Two-Day Plein Air Workshop June 20-21, 2014!

This will be an enjoyable and intense two day workshop involving painting landscapes on-site in the Prescott area.

We will learn the advantages of plein air painting, as well as the various approaches to working on-site and how to efficiently compose and complete plein air paintings.

Emphasis will be placed on how to effectively translate the often complex three-dimensional landscape onto a two-dimensional plane using thumbnail sketches,limited palettes and the thoughtful use of colors, values, shapes, edges and textures. Further emphasis will be placed on the creative process to make paintings that are more than strict representations of the landscape we see. Multiple demonstrations will be complemented by individual attention and group learning.

Locations in the Prescott area and times to be announced.

Students of all abilities are welcomed. All students should have a basic familiarity with their equipment and the painting medium of their choice.

TUITION: $230 APAP members; $265 non-members (includes membership through Dec. 2014).

To hold your place in this class, mail deposit check of $50 for APAP members; $85 for non-members. Make check payable to Arizona Plein Air Painters.  Balance is due by June 1, 2014. Your cancelled check is your confirmation.

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Bill Cramer grew up in southern California and always had an interest in exploring nature and creating art. As an experienced rock climber he spent much of his youth enjoying the more vertical places of the American West. This gave him a perspective of the world that few others would ever experience. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University at Long Beach with a B.A. in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting. He and his wife Michelle moved to Prescott and here is where Bill discovered the joys and challenges of landscape painting.

Bill states, "I truly enjoy the essential act of laying down paint -- especially on location. I look for a balance between the actual scene and my reaction to it; not to paint precisely what I see, but to paint what I want the viewer to see. Any landscape worth painting is more than the obvious visual elements. The push of an evening breeze, the feel of sun baked sandstone, the scent of sagebrush or the sound of a raven suddenly overhead are examples of the many unseen elements that inform my work. I am satisfied when a painting is as rich as the landscape that inspired it."

Most recent Shows, Competitions and Awards--(from a long list):
Sedona Arts Center's Annual Juried Membership Exhibit (2014) Best of Show & 1st Place Oils
Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2013) Artist's Choice and Purchase Awards
Phippen Western Art Show (2013) 1st place in oils & Best of Show
Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational (2012) two Purchase Awards
Sedona Plein Air (2012) Poster Award
Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim (2012) Artists' Choice Award
Telluride Plein Air (2012) Best of Show 

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