Keene Wilson
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  • Fullerton, CA
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Notes for Advanced Artists

Like many artists, I’ve read a bunch of books, watched a bunch of videos and studied with a bunch of experts. I sometimes found their insights contradictory so, long ago, I decided to organize my notes into one comprehensive outline, specifically so I could compare and contrast the various viewpoints. The notes were to aid my own comprehension, so I typically only took notes that provided some kind of insight that I hadn’t already garnered elsewhere. As a consequence, they’re probably not of much value to the neophyte, but the advanced artist should find them helpful. I’ve posted them online at Keene Wilson Fine Art under the “For Artists” tab. The "Landscape Painting" section should be especially useful for plein air painters. Let me know what you think.

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At 10:55am on April 19, 2012, Tonya Zenin said…

My pleasure, it's a very nice painting and deserves to be featured.

Unfortunately couldn't come to the conference. Going to France in May to paint and just couldn't do both. Perhaps there will be another one and I will be able to attend next time.

At 5:41pm on February 8, 2012, Keene Wilson said…

After studying art at various Junior colleges, I refined my artistic skills at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and at the Animation Guild under the tutelage of such masters as Glenn Vilppu, Karl Gnass, Nathan Fowkes, Ignat Ignatov, Will Weston and Rey Bustos.  Workshops with Ovanes Berberian, Henry Yan, Steve Huston and Catherine Anderson have also been helpful, but I owe my greatest artistic debt to study with my plein air, colorist mentor Elio Camacho and my impressionist mentor Vadim Zangninian.  


I am a retired City Manager, hold two Master’s degrees, neither of which is in art, and am a former Army airborne/ranger/green beret having served with Special Forces in Viet Nam.  My wife, Debra Kurita, is also a former City Manager and is currently helping the City of Bell recover from their recent debacle. I have two sons, Wyatt and Skyler, both of whom enjoy ice hockey.

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Plein Air Cuba with Family and Friends at Cuba

February 17, 2018 to February 24, 2018
You are invited to join in a unique Cuban adventure designed for plein air artists and their family and friends. This 8-day, 7-night tour will feature discussions with local artists, city tours with resident experts, a visit to Hemmingway’s estate and much more.For artists, you will explore, experience and paint in 5 separate locations throughout Cuba.  You can enjoy your plein air experience with as little or as much instruction as you desire.  Non-painting art enthusiasts will enjoy city…See More
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Extensive Notes on Landscape Painting

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 11:52pm 0 Comments

I have always found it important to first gather knowledge and consult a wide variety of opinion before allowing my own thinking to congeal. So, like many of you, I have diligently studied my craft. Throughout I have taken notes: notes from workshops, notes from classes, notes from books (150+), notes from videos (70+), notes from my plein air, colorist mentor Elio Camacho and notes from my impressionist mentor Vadim Zangninian. Lots of notes. And compiled them into categories primarily…


Plein Air Conference in Las Vegas

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 9:55pm 1 Comment

The Plein Air Converence in Vegas was great. Met lots of like minded people. Here are my notes for those who missed it.


Plein Air Conference Notes

Clyde Aspevig

Clyde Aspevig “Nature is never gaudy.”

Paints the shapes within shapes (fractals) in as much variety as he can imagine.

Gil Dillenger

When choosing a gallery, don't choose the biggest and best even if your work fits there, but choose an aggressive good gallery in which you…


Select California Plein Air Locations

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 11:37pm 3 Comments

For those of you who are interested, I’ve posted 42 California plein air locations with photos and directions on my website ( For Artists/Select California Plein Air Locations). Mostly OC and East Bay where I have lived and painted, but about 10 locations throughout the rest of California as well. It obviously can’t be exhaustive so my goal is to simply provide a list of nice locations that someone unfamiliar with the area would…


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Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones! Wishing you lots of success in your art careers, stay inspired and never stop learning!I finally got the time to post some pictures from the paintout in November. Great time with great people. Hope we'll do it again in 2019! And don't forget to post images of your paintings. …See More
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All members are invited to participate in this 2-day paintout!This is not a competition or workshop, there is no fee. Just show up with your art supplies to paint and have fun.On Saturday lets paint at Point Lobos park. Come at any time you can, I'll try to be there by 9am. Bring lunch, we will have a group picnic around 1pm at the picnic area next to China Cove.Dinner on Saturday at 6:30 pm at Rio Grill. Address: 101 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel, CA 93923 ph: (831) 625-5436Catherine Fasciato…See More
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