Camille Przewodek Workshops

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I often study with Camille Przewodek, a fantastic plein air colorist painter from Northern California. I recently chronicled my workshop experience with her in Kauai (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). She’s a great teacher, and has such a unique perspective on color, I can highly recommend her. You’ll learn things about color you just won’t learn in a typical workshop.

There are still spaces remaining in Camille Przewodek’s final 2008 workshops — Sept 15-19 and Sept 29-Oct 3, in Petaluma CA.

Click here for the flyer.

Enjoy! Let me know if you sign up.

An afternoon at Rodeo Beach

It was a beautiful day yesterday. I packed my car with my easel and Gracie, and headed over the Golden Gate from San Francisco to Marin. At the end of Mitchell Road, you’ll find the Rodeo Lagoon and Beach, all part of Fort Cronkhite. This fort was built in haste at the start of World War II, for an enemy that never came (hmm…that sounds familiar).

This beach is normally extremely windy, so it’s a rare day I can set up here to paint. Just a simple painting that I hope captures the day. Enjoy! This painting is available in my online store for a special price, $100 (includes shipping).


Backlit Bluffs (California Coast)

I painted this from an image in my library. I believe it was taken in San Luis Obispo, during one of their plein air events.  I’m really enjoying a focus on large shapes where I can focus on color, value and design.  I’m also getting looser with my brushwork, which is another skill I’m honing.


Backlit Bluffs (California Coast), Oil on Linen, 10×8″

Facebook Fans

I’m leveraging my tech + marketing background to try a few more tricks on social networking site, FacebookI’ve written before about my Facebook Ads test.  I’ve been moderately happy with the results. My new test involves Facebook’s “Fan” pages.  Just as you can “friend” an individual, you can “fan” a brand or person you like, like the iPhone or your favorite TV show.  This allows you to get updates from that brand/person/product in your Facebook Newsfeed, just as you get updates from your friends.

Check it out, let me know what you think, oh…and “Fan me!” (click “Become a Fan” in the right-hand side bar of the page).

Painting a smoke-filled landscape

I had all week off work, so spent it with a group of long-time friends at Alta Lake, in the Sierras. Unfortunately, the fires continue across the state, including two near the lake. The smoke was particularly heavy in the mornings, which is when I painted this.

To make the most of it, painting a smoke-filled landscape provides ideal conditions for practicing aerial perspective, the ability to represent distance in the 2-dimensional world of the canvas. Basically, that effect is achieved by graying out color, making in more blue, and brining values closer together. The bend in this lake is only about 200 yards, but it looks much further due to the heavy smoke. I also warmed the sky a bit to play off the blues, give the feeling of distant fire, and to have an area of warmth to balance the lower right ground, which was in full sun.

Smoke on Alta Lake – Oil on Linen – 8×10″

Want to see more paintings done during wildfires? Check out Camille Przewodek’s website in the “new” section (scroll to bottom). If you have some, add comments with links to your own images.

Back to the figure

I am enjoying a renewed interest in the figure after meeting David Germard at his recent Mission district open studio. David has a nice selection of male model’s, which is difficult to find as most groups focus on the female figure. Today’s model works annonymously, so I will call him “M”.

“M” (Back) – Oil on Linen – 12×10″

I really like the model’s expression in this one. I wasn’t able to finish, but at least got a good start on the head.

“M” Portrait (unfinished) – Oil on Linen – 16×12

More coastal ice plant

Like the previous painting (Sunset, Buena Vista Park), I started this coastal painting by laying in the most intense colors first, and working out. I followed this approach in a previous coastal ice plant painting a few weeks ago. I think this is similar to how I’ve seen some painters–particularly figuaritve–start with the center of interest and work outward. It’s just another technique to try.

I think the shadows may be too dark in value…I may try editing it in photoshop to see what it would look like lighter. A large contrast in value is not always needed to indicate strong, direct sunlight.

Coastal Ice Plant – Oil on Linen – 11×14″

Sunset, Buena Vista Park

I remember the day I took the reference photo for this shot, while walking Gracie through Buena Vista park. The light and shadow was just at the right spot on the path.

To get these colors to “sing”, after my initial wash block-in (of Alizarin Crimson + Sap Green), I started by laying down the most intense color first, such as Fire Red directly out of the tube. Then I related all other colors to those initial spots.


Sunset, Buena Vista Park – Oil on Linen – 9×12″

Napa Glow

I remember this day so well! Mike and I went to Napa Valley for last Valentine’s day holiday for a long weekend. After visiting Copia (where we learned how to make hot chocolate and home-made marshmallows in a cooking class), we played fetch with Gracie in a field behind Copia beside what I guess is the Napa river. My reference photo for this painting was taken a bit later, so the light even warmer.

I think this represents where I’m going. Continuing to losen up, being more expressive. What do you think?

Napa Glow, Oil on Linen, 8×10″

Mike and Gracie on that day…me, behind the camera as usual 🙂

The painting adventures of Ed Terpening