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The end of this current plein air season will mark the 25th year that I've been offering private, ongoing plein air workshops in the Greater Seattle Area. 

Not many people today realize that in 1995 I initiated the first plein air classes at what is now called The Gage Academy, but was then called the Academy of Realist Art. I had been teaching there for at least a year prior to this, at which time I tried to introduce sight-size and other 19th century derived academic practices. This was met with much resistance. In 1997 I parted company with the academy, and at the request of my students, spearheaded by artist Sue Perry, I began teaching the plein air classes independently.

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The end of this current plein air season will mark the 25th year that I've been offering private, ongoing plein air workshops in the Greater Seattle Area. 

Not many people today realize that in 1995 I initiated the first plein air classes at what is now called The Gage Academy, but was then called the Academy of Realist Art. I had been teaching there for at least a year prior to this, at which time I tried to introduce sight-size and other 19th century derived academic practices. This was met with much resistance. In 1997 I parted company with the academy, and at the request of my students, spearheaded by artist Sue Perry, I began teaching the plein air classes independently.

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  • ARBORETUM ABSTRACTION oil on canvas, 22 x 28 in, copyright ©2004

From 1998 through 2005 Atsuko Lindley was my class monitor, for both plein air and studio sessions. Ako had been born in Tokyo, and moved to the United States in her late teens. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in art, and got her first job out of school at the Oakland Tribune as an illustrator.

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From 1998 through 2005 Atsuko Lindley was my class monitor, for both plein air and studio sessions. Ako had been born in Tokyo, and moved to the United States in her late teens. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in art, and got her first job out of school at the Oakland Tribune as an illustrator.

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At today's plein air session I did a demonstration using drone photography as an adjunct to landscape practice. The objective was to use photographs taken at higher elevation for composition while still using observation of the landscape subject for color, detail and spontaneous effect.

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At today's plein air session I did a demonstration using drone photography as an adjunct to landscape practice. The objective was to use photographs taken at higher elevation for composition while still using observation of the landscape subject for color, detail and spontaneous effect.

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  • My gear

The blueberry bushes at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm are bright red, with hints of purple, grayish pink and other colors, all playing off a foil of bright yellow-green grass and a light ultramarine sky. It was a great day for painting, and a great day for spider watching in the current explosion of the arachnid population.

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The blueberry bushes at Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm are bright red, with hints of purple, grayish pink and other colors, all playing off a foil of bright yellow-green grass and a light ultramarine sky. It was a great day for painting, and a great day for spider watching in the current explosion of the arachnid population.

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