Join in on a great day en plein air and Frick Park! Meet at the Wilkins School Community Center for a short lecture, then move to Frick Park as a group to paint, then return to WSCC for a wrapup.
What Is Plein Air Painting? Simply stated, it is painting directly from life. It comes from the French phrase, “en plein aire” – meaning in the open air. Something happens when an artist is confronted directly with the subject. I think it has something to do with the spirit of a place. I believe that spirit can makes its way into the artist and the work itself. – Ron Donoughe
Ron has been a painter working mostly in and around Western Pennsylvania for most of his life. His main focus is capturing how the landscape feels – at different times of the day and in different seasons. He paints every single day. So, you see many different subjects in his work, but they are unified by a single theme: truthful observation. Ron says, “ After painting for 30 years, I’ve come to appreciate what my first painting instructor said: paint what you know. I do not seek postcard scenes; I seek an intensity of feeling that comes only from being in a particular place at a particular time. So many things in the landscape are interesting, especially here in Western Pennsylvania: steel mills, city skylines, snow-filled parks, twisting side streets, and even back yards. For me, it is a painter’s paradise.”
Ron is primarily an oil painter and will be working in oil, not watercolor. His focus will be on teaching us how to see, not necessarily how to paint.
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