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Plein Air and Studio Painting in Oils

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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One event on October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

Instructor: Debra Nadelhoffer

Pricing: $300 (2-days)

Class Level: Beginner & Intermediate

We will work both in the studio and out.  Outside the studio, we will gather information through sketches, oil sketches, photos or whatever needed to use for reference.  We will take this information back to the studio to create our paintings for the workshop.  We will investigate the use of several studies before beginning a painting to focus on better composition, values and color.  Those students familiar with plein air painting will be asked to bring their gear to use outside.  Those who aren’t can take their sketching materials and cameras while we get the feel of the area.  In the fall this should be a good time to be outside together.  I talk to each student as I go around the room giving them information on how to better approach their work using the studies.  I am more interested in getting the feeling and atmosphere of the area than an exact replication of what we are looking at.  This approach is designed to take the student beyond the literal.

About Debra –



I have loved color and creating since I was a child.  Rainy days spent inside coloring or painting were my favorite activities.  Not much has changed, a rainy day remains an invitation to turn on some beautiful music and create at the easel.  I majored in art in college, but did not complete a degree and had to continue my art education independently mostly through books and the occasional workshop.  While raising my family, I worked full time and painted in the evenings and on weekends.   I first painted in watercolor for many years, but never really felt a strong connection to the medium.  There was always a need to connect, more hands on, with the medium and felt pastels were a natural step in that direction.  I was president of Southeastern Pastel Society for seven years and came into contact with some wonderful and talented painters.  Painting plein air offered an opportunity to paint in oils outside, reserving my pastels for studio work.  This has been an ongoing journey causing me to put aside my pastels while learning to work in oils.  I found that each medium has its own special qualities and have been able to use all three to enhance my work.  I never do a painting in watercolor now, but my understanding of  watercolor techniques has given me tools to use in my other two mediums.  I continue to paint in oils and pastels and have found my passion painting the landscape. Growing up, my father’s job transferred our family several times,  mostly along the coast, where I developed a love for the ocean and coastal scenes.  There is a spiritual connection to the land as I paint, intuitively reacting to what I see and feel, hoping to carry home more than a technically correct painting.  Through the use of field studies and photos, I easily recall the light, sounds and smells of the day which helps to create a sense of place in larger paintings.  There never seems to be an end to my education, weekly life drawing and painting on location continue to challenge me.  Most recently,I was accepted into the 19th Annual American Impressionists Society Exhibition and effective January 1, 2019 I am a Signature Member of AIS, the  27th National Oil Painters of America Exhibition,  American Society of Marine Artists Invitational at Principle Gallery, my painting The Crossing won the Best Building in a Landscape award in the June/July 2017 PleinAir Salon competition, Boat Jam was accepted into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition 2017, my painting Christmas Shoppers was accepted into American Impressionists Society Small Works Show 2016, and I am one of Pastel Journals December 2016 issue,  10 Artists to Watch.  I have had paintings accepted into OPA 2016 Salon, ASMA Seventeenth National, the Oil Painters of America 25th National Juried Exhibition, Southeastern Pastel Society 17th International, American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition,  WPSE Fifth Annual Exhibition 2016, American Society of Marine Artists Regional and National,  the American Women Artists 2015 National Juried Exhibition and one into Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show of Traditional Oils at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL in October.  I participated in Olmstead Plein Air Paintout in Atlanta, GA 2016, was invited to participate in the 2015 Door County Plein Air Festival, and was an exhibiting artist at Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC in 2014, 2015 and 2016.   I think we all have a bucket list and one of the things on my list was to be an Artist in Residence (AIR) in Acadia National Park.  I was awarded the AIR in 2012 and painted in the park for 2 weeks in the fall. I have recently been accepted as a Signature Member of ASMA, I am currently a member of American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and a signature member of Southeastern Pastel Society.  I teach weekly classes at Chastain Art Center and conduct my own workshops a few times a year locally and along the coast.  I am represented by Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, GA, , Wells Gallery at the Sanctuary in Kiawah Island SC, Burton Gallery  Clarkesville, GA, Skylake Galleries,Sautee Nacoochee, GA,  Mackinacs Little Gallery on Mackinac Island, Michigan and On The Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, FL.  If you are interested in my work or would like to take a workshop, please contact me at 770-887-8877, or email at debduster@bellsouth.net.  My website is www.debranadelhoffer.com and you can follow me on facebook and my blog.  Resume provided upon request.


October 4
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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