Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Sea of Green in Missouri: Augusta Plein Air Festival 2017

Patrick Saunders teaching at one of his Augusta Plein Air Festival workshops. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

I just finished up a beautiful weekend of workshops in Augusta, Missouri, as part of the Augusta Plein Air Festival. After a few weeks of spring rains, the view in every direction is green, green and green. We spent the majority of the classes discussing all of these variations of green and how to bring out the subtle differences in a painting.

I'm always amazed with the way color themes change as we travel around the country. In Sedona, it's reds. In Kansas, it's yellows and golds. In Florida, it's blues and turquoise. The differences are sometimes subtle, but often dramatic. For me, this journey through color themes is akin to a change of seasons, one that gives us as much variety as the journey from summer to winter. - Patrick

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