Pre-Convention Workshop with Quang Ho



Quang Ho is one of today’s most exciting and respected artists, and he will conduct a pre-convention workshop before the Plein Air Convention that will outline his principles of painting. Unlike a traditional workshop, where you paint along, this is a large workshop environment where he teaches from the stage, with large-screen monitors showing slides and brushstrokes. You won’t need to drag out your paints for this workshop, but you will want to take lots of notes as Quang transforms your plein air and studio painting, whether landscape, still life, or figure.


Quang will outline the three central challenges or problems to painting from life, regardless of subject matter:


Quang will first offer a historical perspective on how and why it took artists centuries to arrive at what we know now, and how important it is to be clear in one’s initial perception before starting a painting.


For example, there is the simple challenge of painting on location when one is faced with changing conditions of sun and cloud cover. Quang will communicate the essential principles that demonstrate that these conditions can’t really be painted the same way — that a cloudy painting cannot be painted with the same intent as a painting in which sunlight affects the landscape. He calls this “light and shadow” vs. “local tone painting.” It’s a concept very different from what you will find from other artists, and something Quang believes is critically important to understand.


Quang will then explain how to interpret the language of painting — the entire essential vocabulary of painting that every plein air painter must possess. Light and shadow and local tone painting are only two of eight “visual approaches” he will break down in detail.


These visual approaches will explain and cover every kind of painting that has ever been painted, from cave paintings to Rembrandt, Picasso, and De Kooning, to Pollack, Wyeth, and beyond.

Quang will also detail the visual elements such as lines, shapes, values, colors, texture, and edges — and what to do with them. The handling of those visual elements is where the performance aspect of the painting comes in. Quang will show how he deals with the problem of painting day to day, and how he sees every painting from the starting point — explaining what visual approach to use, and then how to solve challenges such as values, color, edges, and other essential concepts.


Quang will discuss how important it is to master drawing and explain his concept of shape control, and how understanding these essential visual intentions allow for maximum expression and freedom in exploring any subject. To do this, he will gather various “on the spotters,” or sketches in various conditions. He’ll then work up a larger painting on stage, pointing out which elements inspire a larger piece from a smaller sketch, and what to keep from a sketch that “works.”


Quang will not only share his in-depth principles and the critical concepts every painter needs, he will do at least two demos during the workshop to demonstrate those principles, including one “start-to-finish” painting that you’ll be able to see via the big screens.

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