acrylic landscape

Plein Air at the Blake Garden

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. Aspect ratios. How to use a viewfinder. How to Get To The Blake Garden at 70 Rincon Rd, Kensington, CA and Avoid the Very Steep Streets Leading Directly To It: From Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, SF and San Leandro: Take 80 and get off on Buchanan, which turns into Marin. Cross San Pablo Ave and continue going up until you hit The Fountain at The Circle. Go around and enter Arlington Blvd. Once you pass Kenyon Ave, watch for the Kensington Public Library to your right. Make a left on Rincon and go all the way, almost to the end where you will see a wall with the very discrete garden’s entrance.   From Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole El Sobrante: Get to San Pablo Ave at Barrett. Go...[Read More]

Plein Air Fridays Session 2

Topics How to begin a landscape painting. Foreground, middle ground, background. Please Read Carefully If You Have Been To Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park now has two entrances. We are not going to the Giant Road entrance. We are going to the Atlas Rd entrance. On highway 80, take the Richmond Parkway exit west. Cross San Pablo Ave and make a right on Atlas Rd. Continue past the UPS headquarters and the entrance to the Point Pinole Business Park (with a fountain) all the way to the end of Atlas. You will cross a bridge, and see the Atlas Rd staging area. We will meet at this parking lot and decide whether people want to walk 5 min to the beach with its orange grasses or stay near the lot with views of eucalyptus groves and rolling yellow grass. The...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays

This Summer, spend time painting au plein air at several beautiful great East Bay outdoor locations. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced painting student, you will enjoy discovering beginner-friendly painting spots, and improving your technique in the company of new friends. You’ll receive support through the difficulties of painting outdoors. Summary Learn how to paint the sights you love with as much or as little feedback as you desire. Use the media of your choice. I can help you with acrylic, oil, watercolor, gouache or pastel. We’ll spend two weeks at each painting location so that students can either begin a new painting or complete the one begun in the previous session. Format This class is taught on Wednesdays, from 12-3 pm. Each class consists of a rotating 3...[Read More]

Plein Air Sundays Session 6

Topic The role of values in a landscape Directions to the Tilden Botanical Garden From 80, Take the Buchanan exit and proceed up the street to Marin Ave. Go up the steep Marin until you get to Grizzly Peak, then make a left on Shasta Rd. You’ll now be inside Tilden Park. Pass the signs to the Brazilian Room. Turn left onto Shasta Rd. Then turn right into Wildcat Canyon. Follow the signs to the Parking lot. We will meet there.

Plein Air Sundays Session 5

Topic Determining a focal point. Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park, but the lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd. The exact GPS Coordinates are 37.89700°N / 122.25359°W If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany: Go to the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Boynton St. Get on Boynton, go uphill until you see Colorado Ave. Continue going uphill until you hit Michigan Ave, then Spruce. Turn left on Spruce. You’ll cross Grissly Peak later, and find yourself on Wildcat Canyon Rd. Go on Wildcat until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. You will get to the multiple intersection, and take the one that seems to go in the opposite direction, which should be Lake Anza Rd. We’ll meet at the very last parking lot. If...[Read More]

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