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The Children of China

This is a short video I created that depicts my concept of painting a series of images based on a theme.  in this theme, The Children of China, my intent was to depict the spirit and subtle passion of children in the countryside in modern China.  Using an impressionist and colorist approach I place the viewer in the position of dwelling on the children, imagining what their inner world is truly about.  I choose to not overtly communicate "passion" but rather, allow the viewer to "be there"…

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Added by Gary Holland on December 7, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Only 30 Days Remain to Enter the 2017 Spring Online Competition and Showcase!

There are only 30 days remaining to enter our Spring Online Competition and Showcase!

This contest is open to all CPAP Associate Members.

Not a Member? Sign up now. Membership is free! You don't have to live in California to join but your artwork must reflect California locations.…

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Added by Director, Signature Services on March 2, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

Shanghai, China plein air

This 107cm x 80cm piece was worked up in the studio from the following artRage plein air sketch I did on my iPhone on the Bund at night in Shanghai.…

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Added by Barry John Raybould on July 15, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

CPAP Announces 2017 Spring Online Competition for Associate Members

All CPAP Associate Members are invited to submit their artwork for our Spring Online Competition and Showcase. Successful contestents will receive cash awards and…

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Added by Director, Signature Services on February 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Topanga Autumn, Early Morning Plein Air, part 4

We call it Dragon Rock. The gnarly sandstone formation just a short hike up Cheney Ranch Trail. If you step off the main trail and onto the footpath it will take you to the very top that resembles a big glob of dry clay and has multiple little caves and holes. Prehistoric rocks that were polished by rivers long gone are trapped in it. These rocks are the remnants of a mountain range that used to dominate the Eastern part of Arizona. High cliffs on the south side of Dragon…

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Added by Elena Roché on December 16, 2015 at 10:35am — No Comments


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My Plein Air Challenge

Before I head out to paint I set myself a challenge which I write as short notes on my IPhone.  I reread them on site. This week it was  be different in your approach and had to do with the process of laying washes. At the end of the painting I want to feel I tried something new . In this case I did get a softer layer in the background due to the 4 layers of washes .…

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Added by Barbara Tapp on November 23, 2015 at 10:53am — No Comments


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First, Be Creative

The Snake, mixed media, by Eleanor West Pendergrass…

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Added by Lori Putnam on November 24, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments


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Don'f Handcuff Yourself.

Don’t Handcuff Yourself

Trying to be too literal will handcuff your efforts and almost guarantee a poor painting.



By Ed Bertolet



This is a very common misstep by outdoor painters. Especially in plein air where the objects you’re painting are right in front of you. Their immediacy almost demands you render them as they are. And, you’re being instructed to carefully observe the subtleties of local color, temperatures, reflected light and…

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Added by Edwin Bertolet on November 23, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Thanks to Art of the West Magazine; New Signature Member Publication Awards

It’s a pleasure to share the news that Art of the West Magazine has signed on as a Publication Sponsor for our 2015 Signature Membership Selection Event.

 

Join us as we celebrate the announcement of…

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Added by Director, Signature Services on October 21, 2015 at 12:32pm — No Comments

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