Wet & Wild Plein Air Painting

Independent study


The idea of this course is to be spontaneous, quick loose and successful. Includes 15 different lessons, starting in the studio, then transitioning outside for Plein air painting.

You will be astonished what you can do within a short period of time.

It's a completely different experience!


For years, I have thought about doing some Plein air painting, it all seemed so romantic, but being so visible to everyone going by was a bit scary. I thought what if the painting wasn't perfect I would be humiliated, and with so much external stimulation it would be overwhelming and not knowing what to focus on. 

One day we had a power outage, it was a beautiful day, warm, with blue skies, so I threw some old tubes of color into a bag, a block of paper, and an easel (that I never used) and went for a drive, so, this is what happened.

What was fascinating about that experience is that it forced me to release all of the distractions around me and focus on what I had control over. Another obstacle I had was thinking that I needed to have the perfect line drawing but for this technique it doesn't matter.

You don’t really need a great location, only to be inspired and let your imagination go to the surrounding shapes, space and colors. Lighting conditions don't need to be perfect and even with time is limited, (just 20 - 30 minutes) you can paint leaving you with feeling creative and re-energized. Simply allow the water on the surface to carry the color and create some magic.


Wet & Wild Plein Air Painting

All levels can enjoy this experience.

You don't need to be a master artist to have fun and be successful.

Student review


"This is it a very informative and guide for loose and plein air painting. It is well done and realistic for the beginner and seasoned plein air painter. The exercises in the studio take you down the path for loose painting and in plein air section knowledge of what one might expect and look for standing there outside painting.

In the plein air section I felt as though I was there with you, and your subject matter is varied and so are the weather and lighting conditions. Beautiful

“When the painting isn’t working” is my favorite sections, it tells us you really know, understand and feel our struggles and dilemmas.

You put everything on the table to teach how to work your magic." Trish Kuncewicz

Example Curriculum

  Getting started
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  About this painting style
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  Wet and dry
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  Play with the brushstroke
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  Loose mountains
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  Beachscape
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  Bonus reference photos
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  Transitioning to plein air painting
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  Plein air
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  When time is limited
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  Drakes beach - taking a moment
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  Morning lagoon
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  Simple Marsh - mingle color
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  Field of Daffodils
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  Field of Wild Iris
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  Muir Beach overlook
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  Marsh - reeds
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  Marsh - low tide
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  Drakes estero
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  Drakes estero wetland channel
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  FAQ
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