Join Bryan Mark Taylor for four days in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma wine country. Day-one begins in the historic town of Sonoma with a presentation by Bryan on the inspiration and techniques he uses to produce his award winning paintings. Following the lecture, Bryan completes a demonstration on effective treatment of buildings, cars and linear perspective and simplifying busy town scenes by breaking them down into basic value shapes. The rest of the day students explore compositional ideas by painting quick value studies.
Day-two takes place in a rural location in Sonoma County farm country. Bryan begins with a plein air demonstration focusing on how to select and compose a scene, capture light and mood, and address atmospheric perspective in a landscape painting. Following the demo, workshop participants are individually instructed as they select a composition and paint quick studies while observing the light and atmosphere changes taking place throughout the day.
Day-three takes place at a location overlooking the vineyards of the Napa Valley Wine country. Bryan begins with a plein air demonstration focusing on composing a vineyard landscape with distinct fore, mid and background elements. This demo includes a discussion of how to develop a strong composition and focal point while capturing an accurate sense of light and atmosphere. The rest of the day, workshop participants select a subject to paint and work on the principles discussed. Bryan provides individual instruction during this segment.
Day-four takes place at a winery in Napa Valley and begins with a plein air demonstration focusing on form, edges and brushwork. This demo includes developing appropriate detail and making various elements work together for a more refined painting. Following the demo, workshop participants paint a subject of their choice while working on the principles taught throughout the workshop. The final day wraps up with a short lecture and critique.