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Plein Air Oil Painting

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John Clayton
March 5th, 2022
Fee: $150

This is a plein air workshop with an emphasis on color.  

We will be painting around the Beach Art Center in beautiful Indian Rocks Beach.

This workshop is open to all levels of painters. We will be working primarily with oil paints. We will learn about expressing light key and seeing the difference between local color and color express by sunlight. By developing the masses of color the painting becomes more complete and the organization of these masses solidifies the painting through simple color notes.The center of interest will be stressed in order to make the painting complete.  John will give a short demonstration for each session.  He will simplify the scene to flat masses and develop values and exciting color notes.

We will use a painting knife (medium size). Painting with a knife helps to the develop the painting through expressive color which is more important than insignificant detail. The workshop attendees should have a few boards or canvases to paint from.
Lessons of light and shade, values, color and using the knife will be addressed.

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Key West, Florida

John Clayton, searching for of his own artistic voice, left the grey walls of The Art Student's League of New York. Clayton's journey lead him to the Cape School in Provincetown where he embraced the "Art of Seeing Color" as taught by the late Henry Hensche, and Charles W. Hawthorne.

Clayton would paint outdoors as often as he could. Over many years Clayton matured into a devoted plein air painter. He now makes his living painting and teaching throughout Cape Cod in the Summers and the streets of Key West in the Winter. "Color is the vehicle I use to express my own sense of nature. I am inspired by nature and light; its ever changing conditions are challenging to me.

His work is about the light key, and expressing it through paint. While attending the The National Academy in New York, John was the recipient of the Arthur and Melville Philips Scholarship and the Mrs Roberts Forbes Scholarship. He also received an honorable mention in the Academy's annual student show. Clayton was one of eight in the Provincetown Art Association's "Emerging Artists Exhibition", in 1999.

In 2006 he received a Mass Cultural Council grant. Among the many teachers with whom John Clayton has studied, include Harvey Dinnerstein, Marybeth McKenzie, and Cedric Egeli.

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