Carl Bretzke, MD

Minihaha-Park-Winter-Puddle-9x12 Minnesota artist and radiologist Carl Bretzke paints the juxtaposition of the mundane and the dramatic. Vivid colors set off by surrounding neutrals, diagonal elements, value contrast and prominent brush strokes create intrigue alongside the familiar.
He has studied with Joe Paquet, another Minnesota artist, and has won five awards last year alone in plein air events. bretzke Owl-and-Truck

He will have an exhibit at the Susan Calloway Fine Arts gallery in Washington, DC from February 6 – March 7.

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Plein Air Convention, April 13-17

convention The 4th Annual Plein Air Convention will be held for the last time in spectacular Monterey, California. It promises to be the best yet, with 70+ instructors doing demonstrations on stage and in the field. Three full program tracks will be offered, focused around oil, water media, and pastel. There will be a special pre-convention workshop by American Impressionist C.W. Mundy to aid participants in finding their own vision and voice while attending the convention.
There is also a free report of 240 Painting Tips from the convention faculty, evening sessions, a basics course, Eric Rhoads’ Art Marketing Boot Camp and a Showcase and Sale space for faculty and participants. The Ealry Bird Special Registration is available until Saturday, February 14th. See you there!

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Steven Heward

heward Lone_Peak_MorningAward-winning Utah artist Steven Heward has some intriguing and useful quotes on his website:

I clearly remember walking home from church and my father asking me what color the mountains were. I told him mostly purple with blues, browns, pinks and grays. He told me that the grays were the most beautiful of all. Another time he asked me “what color is a banana?” Then he showed me all the subtle colors mixed with reflective light.”

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In 1969, I took private oil painting lessons after school from my Junior High School teacher Jerry Durant. There is no finer teaching method for a young mind than the system he used. When I would ask him a question on something I didn’t know how to paint, he would always say, ‘You’re the artist. How are you going to paint it?’”
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When you paint plein air, take in all the colors nature is throwing at you. Absorb as much information as possible and edit out the frivolous, and only paint what is truly important. Simplify and focus on harmonious relationships for stronger paintings. Observe carefully! Minimize the minimal and maximize the maximal!”
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Shown here are four of the twenty-one quite distinct versions of Lone Peak on his website.

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Karen Margulis

margulis iceland 5x7 Pastelist and instructor Karen Margulis, who lives in Georgia, did a lot of traveling last year, visiting friends and family, participating in workshops as a student and as a teacher. The painting above is a 5″x7″ done on location in Iceland while attending a Stan Sperlak workshop, and the one below, which is 8″x10″, is from a Richard McKinley workshop in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
margulis ghost ranch 8x10
I have been asked why I choose to go to workshops. I am a teacher why do I still need to go? I go because I am also a student. I want to continue to grow and stretch myself. I want to learn from others and allow it to all trickle down until it becomes part of me. I also meet the most wonderful artists in a workshop. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything!”
margulis in the shade 5x7
Her website has a page for classes, and her blog has a list of digital lesson downloads and YouTube videos.

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Stan Sperlak, Pastel Artist and Teacher

sperlak Mountain Farm Stan Sperlak paints and teaches in wide-ranging places, but his main focus is the South Jersey shore with its dramatic skies, marshes and fields. He has built a studio and teaching facility there.
sperlak sunset
While working outdoors makes one choose ways to reĀ­solve compositions and values rather quickly, the gained experience also compels the artist to work with an abandon and vigor in the studio which will inspire and keep those feelings pure.”
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His site has a long list of Workshops for 2015, and an equally long page of Videos.

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