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En Plein Air Painting part two--Joni Finnegan

Learn how to paint the landscapes that you can capture in a photo!
Learn how to paint the landscapes that you can capture in a photo!
@ Solid Rock Photography

Joni Finnegan, long time resident of the Austin area and who now lives in the country near Lanesboro, is an award winning artist who believes in equipping other artist to reach their potential! That’s why she is offering a Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop for two days, March 30-31 from 9-4pm.

In preparation for the class, Joni has been working on many different pieces including commission pieces which she has taken photo graphs of the stages of painting. She has been working from a photograph of rhubarb in which the abstractness, composition and design of the piece have been critical to it’s success. She has also been on her back porch en plein air painting in January! You can certainly tell that it has not been that cold when one can be outside in January and paint.

Joni has been producing smaller works, 6x8, 8x10, and 5x7 also in preparation for the class. These have come from the many different sketches she has in her notebook. She strongly suggests painters to have a sketch book with them most of the time as you never know when you may see something that you can quickly sketch that will become a great oil painting. In doing that, you start to set your own bar as an artist which is so important.

Joni said that part of the bar is to have a critical eye about ones own work. That is the curse of the painter who works from photographs especially. “Artists really need a critical eye much like that of a fine art professor. They ought to set their work down after finishing it and then come back to it in a few days. Take a look at it but do so through the use of mirror so you see it in reverse. Make sure and look for proper values in the painting. See if there are repeated shapes. Make sure to not just paint the photograph but embellish it with your own style. In doing those things, you start setting your own bar.”

Joni continued, “As artists, we often work so hard on our art but then drop the bar when we go to the matting and framing of the art. From the matting that we use to the fine art glass to the frames, it is all important if you want to have individuals buy your products and keep them long term. It all matters!"

Preregistration is required and the cost is $180 for non members and $155 for members. For more information or to check the complete supply list, stop at the center from 12-4 Wednesdays through Sundays or follow the above links.


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