Well, after an exhilarating and exhausting week in Colorado Springs (and a week off to rest and recuperate!) I am back en the Plein Air saddle and ready to return to my landscape-painting musings. I thought it would be appropriate to get back into En Plein Air with a recap of what happened during the landscape portion of Weekend With the Masters (WWM). Truth be told, I was only able to make it outside for about 15 minutes on one of the days, but I have some great pictures to share, and I've heard from many participants who had wonderful things to say about the workshops and demos offered by Scott Christensen, George Gallo, Kevin Macpherson, Joe McGurl, Frank Serrano, and Skip Whitcomb.
All of the half- and full-day landscape workshops, as well as the Friday morning sunrise demo, were held on the beautiful grounds of Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center, about a 10-minute drive from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where the indoor portion of Weekend With the Masters took place. The two outdoor demonstrations in the program took place on the grounds of the five-star Broadmoor Hotel. Glen Eyrie offered landscape painters an abundance of natural subject matter to choose from, including the castle itself, a carriage house, two rose gardens, a sprawling lawn with views of nearby trees and rolling hills, the red rock and canyon region, et cetera. The staff of the castle graciously welcomed WWM participants and instructors onto their grounds and attended to all our needs. The folks at the famous Broadmoor Hotel were equally inviting and welcoming and coordinated a paint-out for the WWM instructors through the Hayden Hays Gallery the day before the event began. They also allowed us onto their lovely Lakeside Terrace and West Lawn areas for Frank Serrano's and Skip Whitcomb's demos on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
If you were a WWM plein air participant, please chime in here and let us know how the workshops went. Also, special thanks to Joe Bonomo, Steve Doherty, and David Pyle for sharing their wonderful photographs!
Above and below:
Kevin Macpherson, Jacob Collins, Stephen Quiller, and Daniel Gerhartz all took advantage of the Hayden Hays Gallery's
arrangement for the instructors to paint on the grounds of the Broadmoor Hotel on September 9.
Scott Christensen laid out his
Vasari oil colors as he taught
about preparing and painting at
the highest level during his
Joseph McGurl began his workshop at Glen Eyrie
Castle & Conference Center with a lecture and demo.
George Gallo (left) and Frank Serrano (right) led a sunrise
plein air demo at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center on Friday,
Skip Whitcomb explained some of the principles
of his teaching before he began his full-day workshop
at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center.