Durango Friends of the Arts

durango-090514-0058 While biking along the Animas River Trail we show a collection of easels with plein air oil paintings. So we had to stop. It was a meeting of the Durango Friends of the Arts and we were invited to stay for the Plein Air presentation.


Jane Mercer and her mentor Karl Brenner gave a short presentation of plein air painting after the regular meeting.


Jane kindly showed me her workshop notebook where she includes photographs, notes, and palette examples with mixing notes.


This was a great idea I will have to incorporate into my next workshop, thank you Jane; -L

Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop

The Oil Painters of America held their annual conference and exhibit in Santa Fe. The Sage Creek Gallery hosted the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. The 200 painting selected were chosen from thousands of submissions. Eli Cedrone, one of the winners this year, offered a two day Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop and I signed up to attend. The photo below shows Eli at Sage Creek Gallery standing beside her winning painting.

Elli Cedrone

We painted the first day at the National Audubon Society grounds just outside Santa Fe. Eli did an demonstration both days and clarified many concepts for me concerning values and tones. The second day we painted in the morning on Canyon Road and in the afternoon in the plaza. The photo below shows the scene we painted and my initial block-in.



Eli is a wonderful teacher, informative and patient. We had two wonderful days together and I left with a desire to continue my oil painting studies.

You can see more of Eli's fine art at www.elicedrone.com -L

Plodding and Painting en Plein Air

Tonopah, AZ January 22, 2009

Plodding and painting en plein air in pictures.

Lloyd closes in on his subject:


From Indian Eye he's the tiny grey spot in the middle:


A view to the right:


An ocotillo shrub up close:


The view beyond Indian Eye:


Not a gila monster nor a scorpion ... nor a Lloyd in sight. Only some wild burro dung. Lloyd found a modicum of shade beneath a palo verde tree.


The artiste in his element:


We hope to catch up to present day within the week! Stay tuned...



Lloyd's First Still Life Oil Painting and Watercolor

I started oil painting recently using a direct painting method taught by the celebrated portrait and still life painter Mark Carder. This is my first still life painting and I have just started my second. Pears - Oil on panel 8x10

The lighting on the photograph is not optimal and the painting was done while traveling inside the bus and finished inside our borrowed motorcoach. The following is my traveling studio inside the motorcoach.

Traveling Studio

I look forward to eventually painting alla prima outdoors. This is my first watercolor painting. I was done as an exercise while studying from several art books. I realize already that I like oil better than watercolor, because watercolor is totally unforgiving. But it is faster and can be carried easily while we are hiking.

Approaching Storm - Watercolour 3.5"x5"

I hope to do more of each over the coming months. -L