Monday, May 16, 2011

Sedona Plein Air

Today was our first day with Jennifer McChristian. After the morning orientation at Sedona Arts Center we all headed out. The emphasis today was on value studies. Jennifer did a great demo for us and then we spread out to do 3-4 small value studies of our own. This was such a great exercise for me! The biggest challenge was keeping shapes simple, and the wind! It was pretty steady with gusts I would guess around 50-60mph! So we found out it IS possible to paint in the wind. Lots of easels blew over but we carried on. I lost all my turp and painted the last two studies without any. Oh...and I only saw one snake! It was a blast. Below are my studies on a 9x12 divided with tape. I took the photo with the canvas on blacktop. I liked the effect, so didn't edit it out.


  1. Love your story. Good luck and have fun! Snakes!

  2. That is so funny! When Carol Marine and I took this class last year neither one of us could do this exercise worth a darn. You did great! Have fun and tell Jennifer McSuperwoman hello!
    Love ya,

  3. This brings back such wonderful memories from the workshop I took with Jennifer in March in Scottsdale! The value studies look really good, Karen. I found them to be so helpful! What kind of snake did you see?
    Tell Jennifer hello from Judy Nocifora!


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