Matt Smith, "Painting on Location...The Sonoran
"Winter Over the San Juans" Now Available
Plein Air, Painting the American Landscapes
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His long-awaited new video will be here in
August. The subject is his painting, "Winter Over
the San Juans". From start to finish Matt will guide you
through the process while sharing his experience on how to work from field
studies and photographic reference to create a painting in the studio.
The instructional section is 1 hour and 15 minutes with
the additional 12-minute
bonus section. The bonus section includes Matt discussing design and
composition examples plus a slide show on a selection of his field
The disc is structured so that the viewer can select
specific starting points, which include 24 “scene selections”. This enables the viewer to select
specific starting points for re-reviewing areas of particular interest.
For more than a quarter of a century Matt
Smith has been painting the landscape of the southwest and has
received prestigious recognition for his work, including the
Robert Lougheed Award at the Prix de West Show, the Red Smith
Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art and both Best of
Show and Artistic Merit awards at the Western Rendezvous of Art.
In return for all the guidance given him in earlier years
by contemporary landscape masters, he devotes time for workshops and
seminars. "After learning so much from artists I deeply admire, I feel
a responsibility to pass it on to others. I hope in some small way
this contributes to keeping traditions alive. Also, teaching helps me
convey my personal ideas and values about art."
Matt is one of the most sought after instructors, with
his workshops selling out months in advance. The idea of an
instructional video seemed like a natural progression. So here's your
chance to spend about 1 1/2 hours venturing with him into the Sonoran desert
where he will take you through his process of painting outdoors.
Three nationally acclaimed plein air artists,
Smith, of Scottsdale, Arizona,
Backhaus of Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and
LeGassick, of Silver City, Nevada, paint Alaska’s Mt.
McKinley, North America’s tallest mountain, and the expansive
wilderness landscape of Denali National Park.
Viewers join Smith on location for a brief painting
demonstration and a glimpse into the training, technique and
thought processes necessary to paint a successful plein air
painting. And the adventure and risks of painting in the wild
become evident when a blond grizzly arrives uninvited, and sends
the artists scurrying.
A visit to the Anchorage Museum presents the astonishing
mountaineer and artist, George Brown, and the paintings he
created while climbing Mt. McKinley as a member of the 1947
Bradford Washburn Mt. McKinley Expedition.
The Tongass Rain Forest, en Plein Air
Plein air artists, Smith, Backhaus and
LeGassick, travel to remote Southeast Alaska to paint the
Tongass Rain Forest, renowned for its towering old growth cedar,
hanging moss and incessant rainfall. This episode features a
LeGassick, who proves that it takes tenacity, gear, and
considerable know-how to paint in a rain forest.
Jean shares her personal experience on her road to becoming a
professional artist. And her colleagues prove there are
struggles and obstacles in every endeavor.
Professor Kesler Woodward examines Laurence’s life and art in
the context of modern times. The majesty of the Kenai landscape,
the fun and camaraderie amongst the artists, and their pursuit
of the rich heritage of landscape painting on location in Alaska
creates a memorable viewing experience.
Seward, Alaska, en Plein Air
Backhaus leads the trio of visiting artists to Seward,
Alaska and its beautiful Resurrection Bay, gateway to Kenai
Fjords National Park. With the towering Chugach Mountains as a
backdrop the artists find inspiration in a derelict boatyard.
Kenn demonstrates his approach to painting en plein air, and
discusses the influences that shaped him as an artist.
The activities of today’s artists are examined in context with
earlier nationally known Alaskan plein air artists and
adventurers, Eustace Ziegler and Ted Lambert. Professor Kesler
Woodward provides commentary and examples.
Viewers are introduced to iconoclastic painter of Mt. McKinley,
Sidney Laurence, whose paintings, created in the early 1900s,
have come to epitomize the Alaska landscape.
Cape Cod with Charles Sovek, en Plein Air
Nationally known Connecticut artist, author
Charles Sovek, takes viewers to his summer home and studio
on Cape Cod. Highly engaging, Charles shares his life as an
artist and the perspective 50 years of experience brings to
painting en plein air.
Viewers will discover the rich history of the Provincetown
artists’ colony, from the founding by Charles Hawthorne in the
late 1800s, to the arrival of Hans Hoffman and the abstract
expressionist. Commentary and examples are provided by Chris
McCarthy, Director of the Provincetown Art Association and
Museum, and James Bakker, author and art expert.
Peggy Sovek, Charles' wife, shares her family’s history and
relationship to Charles Hawthorne at the family’s “Red House.”
And Charles demonstrates art in the making with a painting
demonstration on the docks of the Provincetown boat harbor.
Taos en Plein Air, and the Taos Society of Artists
Contemporary plein air artist,
Ron Rencher, is featured in this episode and introduces
viewers to the rich and colorful history of Taos, New Mexico.
Following a brief biographical sketch, discover how the Pueblo (Tewa)
Indians, the Sante Fe Railroad and a group of academically
trained, highly skilled artists from the East Coast came
together to give birth to the Taos Society of Artists and artist
colony that remain active today.
This episode takes viewers to the Taos Pueblo, still inhabited
after a thousand years, and the E. I. Couse Studio – the
remaining in-tact studio of the Taos Society of Artists. The
program concludes with a painting demonstration by well-known
plein air artist, Ron Rencher, painting the autumn colors in the
Sangre de Christo Mountains.
Trinidad, Colorado, en Plein Air, and the California
Watercolorist and oil painter,
shows his command of both mediums with an on-location watercolor
demonstration as he paints the historic buildings of Trinidad,
Colorado, then painting in oils at Three Ponds Farm in Central
Michigan. Frank also shares insights into his life as a
professional landscape artist.
Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, author and
art historian, provides historical insights to plein air
painting in America and introduces viewers to works by William
Wendt, Guy Rose, Alston Clarke and the California Impressionist
plein air artists featured in The Irvine Museum collection.
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