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Energize your Plein Air Paintings with Diane Gibson

  • 07 Oct 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Farm in Northern Baltimore County on Beckleysville Rd.
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Energize your Plein Air Paintings 

with Diane Gibson
Saturday, October 7th 2017
from 10 AM to 4:00 PM

at a Farm in Northern Baltimore County
on Beckleysville Rd.

Member Registration Opens August 5th, 2017 10:00 a.m.

Member Fee: $60

Non-Member Registration Opens September 2nd , 2017

Non-Member Fee: $65

Not a Member? Consider joining.

Registration Deadline:  

September 30th, unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Raindate: October 14th 2017

Plein Air painting is a wonderful addiction, a chance to be outside and to paint Maryland forests, farmyards and local villages.

The instructor, Diane Gibson, has been plein air painting in Maryland and while hiking for many years in England, France, and China.  Foremost influences on her style have included Tony Couch, Fritz Briggs, John Salminen, Tony van Hasselt, and the famed English painters, David Curtis and  Edward Seago.  

As a 40 year member and past President of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, she believes that improvement in one’s painting involves continually taking courses whenever you can as well as painting in the studio and outside on a regular basis.  Accepting the inevitable frustration and maintaining the courage to solve a conceptual or a technical problem area in your painting is essential to success.

This Plein Air event will take place at a farm in northern Baltimore County and will teach you how to: 

Plan and arrange a composition based on a scene which attracts you 

Position three values—light, medium & dark

Use a limited palette of six warm and cool primary watercolors

Use a majority of soft and a minimum of hard edges.

This one-day course will include:

  • a brief orientation lecture, 
  • a watercolor demonstration,
  • individual instruction and a group critique
Registration Deadline:  September 30th, unless the program is full prior to this date. 

Hints to Successful Plein Air Painting



Horizon line—3/4 up or 3/4 down paper

Center of Interest:  

upper left or upper right

lower left or lower right

Size of shapes:  Papa, Mama, Baby

repetition and alternation in shapes and color (ex: fence, telephone pole, weeds)


Three values:  light, medium and  dark

Plein air values:  sky is light, foreground is medium, uprights (ex: trees) have darks

Popular arrangement of values:  center of focus is light (ex: building)

surrounded by some darks (ex: trees) or reverse (dark house surrounded by light) 

Counterpoint:  darkest dark against lightest light  at center of interest

Cool colors against warm  colors; texture against non texture, areas of calm against complex area


Limited palette:  six colors, two each of warm and cool blue, (Ultramarine Blue,

Phalo Blue, warm and cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow), warm and

cool red (Cadmium Red, Alizarin Red)  Also Burnt Sienna

Mix two cool colors for bright color; mix one warm and one cool for muted color

Warmer colors advance (foreground), cooler colors recede (background) 

aerial perspective involves values and colors diminishing in intensity as

landscape recedes into distance


80% soft edges, especially in far distance, 20% sharp edges in center of interest

Drag brush sideways to create rough texture on building and grasses


Recommended supplies:

Artist quality watercolors including:

Ultramarine Blue

Pthalo Blue

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Yellow

Lemon Yellow

Burnt Sienna

Paper:  Arches ¼ or ½ sheets or

16” x 20” or 12” x 16” blocks

Brushes:  large 1” to 2” flat brush, # 6 or  #8 round brush, small liner

Easel, water container, masking tape, pink eraser, Kleenex, sponge and umbrella to either put into the ground or on your easel to protect you from the sun.

Don’t forget to bring your lunch and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow artists!

Location and directions will be sent to registrants prior to event.

For online registration, visit: and go to Public Events.

Cancelation: 75% refund if notified no later than September 30th 2017 Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

Please direct questions to our Program Chair
Sabine Yeager at

or by phone at 410-774-4212

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