Atmospheric Seascape Painting
Instructor: Kathleen B Hudson Workshop
Medium: Oil—Plein Air
Dates: Oct 2–4, 2023
Times: 9am — 4pm
Skill Level: Appropriate for all levels
Light and atmospheric forces act upon the landscape to create a story, and it’s up to the artist to decide how to tell it. In this plein-air landscape workshop, Kathleen B Hudson will feature a presentation and full painting demonstration each morning with instructions on how to achieve this atmosphere in her paintings. Afternoons will be devoted to exercises for students focusing on value & composition en plein air with one-on-one instruction.
Points of study will include:
- Reflections on the surface of still water
- Creating a sense of translucency
- Painting moving water—using brushwork to emphasize motion & direction
- Tips for painting water out of doors and getting good references for studio use
- Seeing as an artist: painting light rather than objects
- Planning your painting: envisioning your painting, using what you see & what you know, honing value and design, doing thumbnail sketches and/or color studies
- Stages of painting: drawing, block-in, color mixing, approaches to working a larger painting, refining texture & edges, tools for self-critique
- Experimentation: exercises you can do at home to continue your growth as an artist
- One-on-one instruction will be individually tailored.
Kathleen loves working with artists to help them hone their vision and grow in their technical painting and drawing skills. Her background as a mostly self-taught artist has given her ample practice in seeing room for growth in her own work, and she shares these tools for self-critique with her students so that they can continue making strides in their practice of painting long after a workshop is over. To that end, all of Kathleen’s students receive a workshop handbook to take home for further study.
Kathleen B. Hudson emphasizes dynamic light and atmosphere in her paintings. She is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of America and the second youngest artist ever to be elected a Fellow in the American Society of Marine Artists. In 2017, Hudson received the Grand Prize in the 6th Annual PleinAir Salon for her painting Bright Morning, Timberline Falls, which was featured on the July 2017 cover of PleinAir Magazine. The same month Southwest Art named her an “Artist to Watch.”
Hudson moved from her native Kentucky to Boston in the fall of 2005 to begin an undergraduate degree at Harvard University. During her years in Boston, Hudson came to love the beautiful New England landscape as she painted, studied mountain travel narratives, and led backpacking trips for fellow students. After graduating, she was selected to join Boston’s Copley Society of Art, the oldest non-profit art association in America. Last year Hudson moved with her family to Colorado Springs, CO. When she’s not outside painting from life, you can find her in the studio creating larger-scale landscapes.