Friday, August 17, 2012


Last Thursday I headed up to Red Barn Arts  in Wellsboro, PA
to attend artist (and fellow Daily Painters of Pennsylvania member)
 Ron Donoughe's plein air workshop.  Ever since I became aware of
Ron's phenomenal paintings, I have been hoping he would offer
 a workshop.  So when I saw that he was conducting one
 in Wellsboro, PA, I immediately signed up.

 With each painting exercise we did, Ron really focused on 
the foundations - the very elements that help to make a painting
(or any work of art) 'work'.  It's no exaggeration to say
that I  learned more from Ron about painting
 fundamentals than I learned in my four years
 of college pursuing my art degree.

Here are three of the five studies I did during the workshop.  They
are not 'complete' paintings, but exercises to  practice what
we learned from Ron.  This first 10 x 8 study was done from 
inside the Red Barn Arts looking out an 
open window (we were having some light rain).  

The second 9 x 12 study was done up at the Little Grand Canyon

This third study was done in downtown Wellsboro, and was the most 
challenging - especially the shadow areas in the yellow houses.
But that's why I chose to paint this - I knew it would
be a great learning experience!

My thanks to Ron for such a fantastic workshop, and also
to Jeff and Tania at Red Barn Arts for making this all happen!

If you would like to see more of my work,
please visit my website or my blog. If you are
interested in purchasing any of my paintings you see
here on this blog, please contact me.

Claire Beadon Carnell
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CrimsonLeaves said...

I would bet dollars to donuts that Ron also learned from you, Claire. Your week's projects are gorgeous, especially that yellow house. You did a wonderful and beautiful job on all of them.

hmuxo said...

What a wonderful experience, Claire. It sounds like an amazing workshop!! These three paintings are absolutely beautiful..I especially love the last one...downtown Wellsboro.. the yellow houses are outstanding!!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

thank you, Sherry. This was definitely the best workshop I have taken so far. My mind is still processing all of the information!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

Thanks so much, Hilda. I was really happy with the workshop - lots of extremely good information.

Pat Koscienski said...

These studies are great, Claire, but they look like plein air "paintings" to me. What a great workshop that must have been.


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