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2017 Plein aire Summer Outings with Steve Kleier


There is a certain energy that comes from painting outdoors and the Oregon summer is perfect for it. I paint outdoors regularly and have received many honors from plein aire competitions. I will discuss composition and color as well as practical tips and the artists attitude. My demonstration will consist of a charcoal value study and a watercolor painting. You may bring whatever art kit you are most comfortable with. Join me and enjoy painting in the plein aire.


Schedule, all are Tuesdays

July 11 Under the west end of the Fremont bridge. The Fremont bridge crosses high above NW Front street (Naito Pkwy) at about the 1800 block. Underneath it are some modern office buildings. There is obvious parking directly under the bridge and near the Willamette River. We will paint from the river viewpoint close by which has views of some neat old mills across the water. Easy parking but no water or restroom here.

July 18 Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden 5801 SE 28th Ave, Portland. This lovely city garden is known for its beautiful scenes and easy access. I’ve picked a spot that looks over the pond at the trees beyond. There are natural compositions and good light. We will paint from a viewpoint and there will be some stone seating. Bring a sweater as it may be chilly in the morning.. There is a port a potty at the parking lot and restrooms in the garden, but not that close to where we paint from. I will be at the entrance until 10 am to meet you, its just a few minute walk to the spot.

-From the parking lot go through the entrance, then left down the sidewalk around the “U” and under the bridge.
-Follow trail as it curves to the right. Continue to the dead end where we paint from.
-The painting spot is directly downhill from the parking area.

July 25 McMenimins Edgefield 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, Oregon. We will meet at the main front entrance of the hotel. The Edgefield is a complex of nice old buildings that have been developed into a hotel, restaurant , bars and concert venue. Much of the original charm is still intact and there are lovely gardens and wooded areas, too. I have picked a nice spot to paint from and it should not be too busy at the time we are there. Lots of parking and all the amenities.

Each lesson is on a Tuesday morning from 10am-1pm rain or shine
Drop in fee $25

What to bring-
Your art kit
Dress for the weather and bring a sweater
Sunscreen/ hat
Something to sit on

Art kit-
Your kit may be a complete mini studio or as simple as a sketchbook, pencils and a camera. If you have a pallet of pan colors this is a good time to use them. Many people work on their lap, some bring easels. We will not walk far but make sure you have an easy way to carry your things.