George Strickland

Painting An Idea Plein Air

August 20-25, 2023
10-13 Students
Yellow Pine Ranch, LaVeta, CO
Open to all skills

Workshop Overview


4 day workshop 5 night stay | Arrive Sunday, depart Friday AM

"I think workshops are a great thing in our lives..just about any point of life, really. I have taken many and loved and learned from them all. But aside from the information and learning, I came away really charged up! Not that I thought I then had all the answers to art, but because I felt I was on the right track forward and my new workshop friends had somehow been a part of my "charging experience", and mine to theirs. Join us!" George

Our workshop will be focused on moving your art/painting level up several notches. The nuts and bolts of painting can be universally the same for everyone, but there is a world of individuality that each of us bring to the party as we make paintings. To find our voice and our style in art is to travel a road that will eventually take us to that point. We must first obtain some degree of observation, and then some amount of skill to apply what we see and know into paint on the canvas. That is the path, and it is a wonderful, fun trip.
One method we will use in the first day or so of this workshop is to paint small and fast outside, painting just what we see. Later, we will move on to larger paintings while tuning our individual process and making a personal statement.

Generally, my approach to painting is to determine what it is that I like about a scene, then plan the painting to accentuate or at lease hold on to the important aspects that first attracted my attention. This assessment of a scene is just part of the individuality that helps make a personal statement, not that hard for us to do... and in fact a very simple task most of the time.

During the week I will do demonstrations and if you wish, sometimes add a few strokes to your painting to explain a point. That part is entirely up to you. But you can be sure I will supply a lot of individual attention because my goal is to really help each one of you at the level you presently are.


Meet your instructor

George Strickland began his career in commercial art by working at a newspaper art department and then graduating up to ad agencies, freelancing illustration and co-owning a design firm.

After several years in the commercial field he was inspired to move to fine art after taking painting workshops with such greats as Howard Terpning, Ken Riley and several other Cowboy Artists of America. A few years later he was further inspired to paint outdoor landscapes by William Reese and Jim Wilcox. That experience was a catalyst for his love of painting "Plein Air" which translates to painting directly from life.

George and his wife have moved around the country, living in Texas, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona, building a successful painting career along the way. He is currently living and working out of Tucson, Arizona, while continuing to teach throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is a signature member, and past president of the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA), member of the California Art Club, and Northwest Rendezvous Group (NWR).


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what to expect



Extensive Palette List:
(This is an optional list of paints I use most often. It allows a somewhat full spectrum of colors. It also includes a few convenience tube paints

Cadmium Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Light
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue Hue
Viridian Hue
Burnt Sienna
Ivory Black
Titanium White

Limited Palette List:
(This is the bare minimum you need)

Cadmium Yellow Pale (used in limited palette because it is versatile)
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Viridian Hue
Titanium White

No. 5 thru 10 Flats Bristle Flats (or your preference of brush type)
Small round Sable or Synthetic
Palette Knife

Easel: Pochade Box and Tripod, French easel or similar type outdoor easel

Solvent – Odorless Mineral Spirits, Turpenoid or Gamsol
Containers to hold Solvent
Plastic bags for dirty towels
Kleenex or paper towels
Drawing Pad and Pencils
Painting Panels 8x10 9x12 – 11x14 – 12x16 (we will do at least two paintings a day. Largest only if you are a fast painter. Panel holder or box to protect wet paintings

Optional: Hat – sunscreen- long sleeve shirt neutral color, umbrella, chair, bug repellant & wine!



BOOK SOON. ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! This price does NOT include lodging tax. All-inclusive, most rooms with private baths, three meals daily, appetizers after class, and wine or beer with happy hour and with dinner. Non-painting spouse $875
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how to apply
or call 719-545-2795
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