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Plein Air Wednesdays Session 2

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. How to find a good spot and begin a plein air painting. Directions To Arlington Blvd If coming from highway 80, go up Solano to Arlington Blvd and turn left. Or take the Central Ave exit, go up Central and turn left on Ashbury until you hit Moeser, then go up the scary hill and turn right on Arlington Ave. If you are coming from El Sobrante, Richmond or El Cerrito, just take Arlington Blvd and turn right at Rincon Road. From Berkeley, take Arlington Blvd from Marin and turn left on Rincon. How To Find The Blake Garden Parking Lot Watch carefully for the inconspicuous entrance and sign on Rincon Rd. park in their parking lot, which is next to a convent, then find your way to the reflecting pool, wher...Read More

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 1

Topics Get to know each other, review of materials, supplies and gear. Goals for the class. How to find a good spot and begin a plein air painting. Directions To Arlington Blvd If coming from highway 80, go up Solano to Arlington Blvd and turn left. Or take the Central Ave exit, go up Central and turn left on Ashbury until you hit Moeser, then go up the scary hill and turn right on Arlington Ave. If you are coming from El Sobrante, Richmond or El Cerrito, just take Arlington Blvd and turn right at Rincon Road. From Berkeley, take Arlington Blvd from Marin and turn left on Rincon. How To Find The Blake Garden Parking Lot Watch carefully for the inconspicuous entrance and sign on Rincon Rd. park in their parking lot, which is next to a convent, then find your way to the reflecting pool, wher...Read More

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 6

Topic The role of values in a landscape Directions To Meeker Slough Take 580 towards the San Rafael Bridge. Get off on Marina Bay Parkway. Cross Regatta Blvd and continue through the Marina Bay development. Turn left onto Bayside Dr. Our meeting location is the round end of Bayside Dr, where there are approximately ten parking spaces for visitors of the Marina Bay development. Park there, or if this small lot is full, park along Bayside. We will walk together to Meeker Slough. Important Note Please keep in mind that the address is for the house closest to the parking lot where we will meet and that GPS will take you elsewhere if you follow the GPS alone. Follow the written instructions once you get to Richmond, and you will find the parking lot very easily. The closest bathrooms are locate...Read More

Thinking About Color

“I just start painting very excitedly and the last thing I think about is my palette. Most of the time, composition keep me so busy I completely forget about color.” “I feel like an outsider during visits to the art store. I must be the only person in the universe that does not know what colors to buy!” “My palette is so garish. Everything looks fine in the beginning but when I finish I see my colors are too bright for my taste.” Color is one of the dimensions of design that seems the most inscrutable. While almost everyone can appreciate size, texture and contrast, color perception is highly individual. To complicate matters, as humans we have developed a series of terms to discuss color that vary enormously from person to person. Then there’s col...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 3

Topic How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Event Location Changed! – Directions to Hoffman Marsh There is a plant sale at the Tilden Botanical Garden. No parking and too many people around for us to paint comfortably. Directions to Hoffman Marsh On highway 80, get off on Central Ave and go towards the bay. Make a right on Rydin Ave. There won’t be a sign. It is the first right you’ll see as you drive towards Costco. If you see Costco you have passed Rydin. Park anywhere along Rydin. There will be a lot of dog owners parked there. Walk towards the dog park entrance but don’t go in. I will be standing there with my gear.