Jim McVicker

Painting the Coastal Atmosphere and Light

Instructor: Jim McVicker
Dates: September 24–27, 2020 (Th-Su)
Location: Point Lobos State Reserve
Times: 9am–4pm

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Jim McVicker’s reputation for painting what he sees, capturing light, and personal interpretation precedes him. As an instructor, he is a natural: he is thorough, encouraging, and thoughtful. He will spend as much time demonstrating techniques live on the canvas as students are interested in seeing.

In his 4-day plein air workshop, we have special permission to take the workshop to Point Lobos State Reserve, the GEM of the California State Park system.

Jim will paint a small demo the first morning to show his process for starting a landscape. Then he will work with each student. About this, Jim says;

Jim’s 2018 Selfie

“I work over the entire canvas in order to develop the painting as a unified whole, working on land, trees, water, and sky so the painting grows with a cohesive feeling and not as separate parts. I block in the painting so the whole canvas is covered and feels right within the first half-hour, and then move on to develop the painting.

I’ll work with the drawing of the landscape, with shapes, values, and color. I will describe my process, how I see and simplify what I see, with a focus on design and values which will give your work a completeness throughout the process. If students are interested I can show how I would work a second sitting on a painting in order to give it a more full and complete feeling. Fine-tuning what I started the day before.

In the workshop, each day, I would like each artist to paint at least one painting in the morning and one in the afternoon. I will walk around and work with each artist, one-on-one. I will be very available and open to any questions and will help and/or demonstrate how I would solve any problems you might be having. I’m also willing to paint demos each day if workshop attendees would like me to do so.”

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