The Observed Moment: A Plein Air Workshop on Edisto Island, SC: October 15 - 18

Does painting outside sound intriguing but a little overwhelming? Or have you had some experience already but would love to paint on one of the East Coast’s most beautiful barrier islands?
If so, this workshop is for you!

Join me in October painting plein air on gorgeous Edisto Island. This paradise has changed very little over the last 50 years, escaping much of the over-development of other coastal areas. I grew up spending my summers on The Island and really look forward to sharing one of my favorite places on earth with other painters.

Our options range from wide open salt marshes punctuated by tidal creeks to the wide open ocean and harbor, or one of the hundreds of oak and moss covered back roads.

We’ll have a chance to explore the island by day and then relax in the early evening with a glass of wine and new artists friends.

Painting from life has so many benefits for any artist, but there’s no faster way to improve your understanding of how value, color, and light shape space.

This workshop focuses on strategies that make working from life simpler, taking away the guesswork. We’ll work on developing strong compositions and value patterns, simplifying the shapes and values, and identifying and mixing the colors that our eyes actually see.

This easy to follow framework makes catching the color and light that we see so much easier, as well as loosening up brushstrokes and mark making. This workshop is for beginning/intermediate painters working in oils.

I’d love to have y’all join me!

Cost: $550/person
A spot has opened in the workshop since a participant has had to drop out due to family illness.

Workshop Details:

Monday October 15, 2018 6:30pm-8pm – Thursday October 18, 2018 4pm

Edisto Island offers an unlimited supply of fabulous painting subjects from salt marshes to moss draped live oaks, beaches to historic plantations. But little has changed since my childhood. Hotels and fast food joints are nonexistent, and development has been very intentionally restricted. (There was a burger chain here for about 5 minutes in the 90s.)

Participants will provide their own art supplies, lodging, transportation, breakfast and dinner. Edisto is roughly an hour (48 miles) south of Charleston, an hour north of Beaufort, SC, and an hour and a half north of Savannah, GA. The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC.

Accommodations can be found through either of two vacation rental agencies, AirBnB or VRBO. You should plan to arrive by Monday afternoon to get settled in and join us for the evening wine and cheese get together.

Atwood Vacations & Real Estate https://www.atwoodvacations.com/
Edisto Realty https://www.edistorealty.com/
VRBO https://www.vrbo.com/
AirBnB https://www.airbnb.com/

Lunch will be provided on site each day. Meal selection forms will be sent out in September to make sure we’re aware of your preferences or special needs. Edisto has several restaurants open year round, a fairly well stocked grocery store, several seafood markets, as well as produce stands that stock local produce, fresh homemade dishes, and deserts. And there’s the kitchen in your rental home. There is a liquor & wine store, but no drugstore.

If you have a spouse or other guest coming with you there’s plenty to do while you paint – fishing, kayaking and dolphin watch tours and guides. The Plantation Golf Course at Wyndham is also available for golfers.

The weekend before our workshop is a special one on the Island. The 2018 Edisto & Beyond Tour of Historic Plantations, Churches and Graveyards is Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 – 5:00. You’ll find more information on the tour here in case you’d like to come early and catch the tour.

Workshop cost: $550 per person
A spot has opened in the workshop since a participant has had to drop out due to family illness.

the observed moment plein air workshop

October 15, 6:30 PM – October 18, 4 PM
Edisto Island, SC