Going En Plein Air!

Plein air workshop at Falcon Trails Resort with Melissa Jean

Plein air workshop at Falcon Trails Resort with Melissa Jean

WOW!  It’s hard to believe more than a week has already passed since I was setting up my easel out at Falcon Lake Trails Resort in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park a short 90 minute drive East of Winnipeg to do my first ever ‘plein air’ painting session.


I have drawn on location outdoors a few times with the Winnipeg Sketch Club, but never painted outdoors. Even the few times I have been out drawing in the past, it was never with instruction, so this was a brand new experience and I really enjoyed it.  I was fortunate to get one of 15 spots available in the workshop led by Kenora artist, Melissa Jean.

Comparing our warm-up pieces (approx 90 min.) with our 37 minute work

Comparing our warm-up pieces (approx 90 min.) with our 37 minute work


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It was truly a fantastic day with GREAT instruction, beautiful vistas to paint, a yummy lunch included, as well as a talented and fun group to paint with….even the weather co-operated! Not too sunny, not too hot, not too cloudy….the perfect Goldilocks kind of day, everything was JUST RIGHT. The day was filled with laugher and motivating challenges to help snap us out of our comfort zones. I joined the 37 minute painting club, learned a great deal regarding gear set up and what to bring, as well as some great tips on colour selection and mixing by utilizing a limited palette and mixing cool through warm. 

limited palette challenge, primary colours plus white and extender medium......GO!

limited palette challenge, primary colours plus white and extender medium……and GO!

Beautiful  Falcon Lake

Beautiful Falcon Lake

Limited palette challenge

Limited palette challenge


Now I cannot wait to get out side and paint again!! Fingers crossed for this weekend to be nice so I can get some much needed practice in! 

Melissa Jean's demo painting.

Melissa Jean’s demo painting.

Canadian artist, Melissa Jean demonstrating  at  Falcon Trails Resort 2016 Plein Air Workshop

Canadian artist, Melissa Jean demonstrating at Falcon Trails Resort 2016 Plein Air Workshop

Visit  Melissa Jean Art to view a selection of her gorgeous Canadian landscape inspired works. 

Thanks for stopping by, happy creating!! 

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