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How to Complete a Plein Air Watercolor In a Few Steps with Geoff Allen – Outdoors

March 11, 2024 @ 9:00 am - March 13, 2024 @ 3:00 pm


How to Complete a Plein Air Watercolor In a Few Steps with Geoff Allen

The workshop will focus on the fundamentals of how to complete a plein air watercolor in a few basic steps. 

  1. Finding a subject 
  2. Capturing values, using sketches to separate light from shade
  3. Simplifying and connecting shapes
  4. Creating visual dynamics (i.e. hard against soft)

Materials: If you bring “the right stuff”, plein air painting goes much more smoothly because you have what you need. Please watch my YouTube video about Watercolor Plein Air Set-ups


In the studio, as artists, we practice, plan, and evaluate our art within an open time constraint. However, in a plein air practice we become vulnerable to time, the whims of nature, and interact within a social environment. I find this challenge inspirational and  necessary to make my artwork. 

Watercolor echoes this idea of immediacy and nature. I find that watercolor is both medium and metaphor, and at times, both a blessing and a curse. I love that aspect of art making–when something is slightly out of my control and a challenge. It allows me to feel that I am playing with mysterious forces beyond my own understanding.

Min: 8 Max: 12

BAI & outdoors
665 Palm Canyon Dr
Borrego Springs, CA. 92004


March 11, 2024 @ 9:00 am
March 13, 2024 @ 3:00 pm
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