Plein Air Two-Day WORKSHOP with Thomas Bradshaw
Plein Air Two-Day Workshop
Experience the joys of Plein Air painting using a limited palette under the direction of Artist Thomas Bradshaw. This Two-Day Workshop with Thomas Bradshaw is scheduled for September 11 & 12, 2020 at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.
Saturday, September 11, 2020, 8am – 4 pm. Sign in begins at 8 am. Painting until 4pm
Sunday, September 12, 2020, 9am – 2pm. Break for lunch and return at 1:00 pm for critique of work. Workshops ends at 2:00 pm
Limit 10 people, individual instruction included.
Participants supply their own materials.
Download Thomas Bradshaw Workshop Materials List 2020
What is Plein Air Painting?
Plein Air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”
About Artist Thomas Bradshaw
Richmond based Plein air artist, Thomas Bradshaw, has been honing his painting skills since he was a small child watching his grandmother create still life paintings in her basement studio. After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a degree in Graphic Design, he moved west to Jackson Hole, Wy where his evolution into a Plein air artist began to take shape.
Having always loved the outdoors, Thomas began to paint in and around Jackson Hole setting up his easel to capture the breathtaking western landscapes. He soon realized it was the perfect marriage of his two passions, painting and being in nature.
“Jackson Hole was a place where I could immerse myself in the style of art that has always been my first love”. Thomas often says “ I have always loved seeing a painterly painted painting”.
His loose painterly style allows him to imply detail without overstating it. Using brushwork and a palette knife to create a textural impression which draws the viewer in for a closer look. Utilizing a limited palette, Thomas is able to create shimmering light through temperature and value and bring to life the way in which it illuminates the scene as a single moment in time. Painting Plein air forces the artist to recognize that light is the heart of any painting and that light is the quality that inspires the dynamic nature of the landscape.