with Stock Schlueter
A native California painter who has dedicated his painting career to the Northern California landscape
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May 18 - 20, 2018
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
So you want to be a plein air painter. Do you like bugs, wind, heat, cold, and changing light that is nearly impossible to keep track of? Of course you don’t. You would have to be a masochist to like these things.
Then you ask. “Why would I want to do such a thing?” Good Question. I can’t pretend to answer that for anyone; all I can do is talk about why I do it.
Painting to me is a puzzle solving exercise, and as if it was not difficult enough I like dragging a bunch of gear out into the wild and getting wet paint all over everything. All kidding aside, what makes plein air painting so different and exciting to me is the direct contact and relationship that artists must establish with the world around them.
Also there is a sense of urgency to capture this day, this time, this moment, and the realization that it happens once, and that once is now. There are similarities from day to day of course depending on climate and atmosphere, and many artists, including myself work larger and do multiple sessions in blocks of time determined by the light and time of day.
By far my favorite however is to paint “Ala Prima” and what that means is to do it all, right now, from start to finish, signed, sealed, delivered and without revisions. Tell the story of this day, and go on to the next. To do this the artist must break things down to their basic level and reassemble them with confidence and clarity. There are many factors involved in allowing this to happen from the nuts and bolts, such as surface, paints, pallet and brushes, to philosophy, attitude and approach. The idea is to work quickly and efficiently with the right materials.
But what is the real reason we go out into the field and brave the elements? One word: “Adventure” There is an infinite world out there to explore and there is no substitute for the real thing. I grew up in the mountains of Northern California where camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and hauling firewood were a way of life. Painting on location is a way to incorporate these things into my work. It helps to be a local and know every nook and cranny of the beautiful landscape in which we live. I hope to share some of this knowledge as you join in the adventure.
Stock Schlueter was born in Oakland, CA in 1949. He grew up in Willow Creek a small town about forty miles inland from Eureka. After high school he attended College of the Redwoods and went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he received a B.A. in fine arts.
In 1973 he started showing in the galleries in and around Humboldt County. At this time he was primarily a watercolor artist and was selected in the California Statewide Water Color and Drawing Survey Exhibition in 1982 through 1887. In 1985 he started working in oils. In 1988 he was selected to The Fifty-Second National Midyear Exhibition in Youngstown Ohio. Since then he has been in galleries in Washington D.C. Indiana, Ohio, Washington, Oregon and throughout California.
In 1994 he was an award winner in the California Small Works Show at the California Museum of Art at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA. He was also selected in 1995, 1996 and 1997. In 1994 he was a Gold Award winner in California Discovery Awards competition. He is currently showing at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, CA, The Fairmont Gallery in Sonoma, CA and The Highlight Gallery in Mendocino, CA.
This workshop is hosted by the Redwood Art Association
Class size limited to 15
Workshop Fee: $425 for current RAA members / $475 for non-members
Workshop fee includes a box lunch each day. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
You may pay your workshop fee and reserve your place in this special Stock Schlueter workshop with a credit card or your PayPal account. It is fast, easy and secure.
You may also pay your workshop fee by sending a check for the full amount payable to the RAA to:
Redwood Art Association
603 F Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Your workshop group will first meet at 9:00 on Friday, May 18 at the RAA Gallery and proceed from there.
Workshop Materials: Plein Air
If you have questions, would like more information or to specify your box lunch dietary requests, please email Claudia Lima.
Cancellation Refunds: Full refund of workshop fees will be made if you cancel your participation in the workshop 30 days or more before the start of the workshop. A 50% refund of fees will be made if you cancel within 7 to 30 days before start of the workshop. No refund will be made if you cancel within 7 days of start of the workshop, or if you do not show up or if you leave the workshop early for any reason.
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