11:00 AM11:00

La Grange, IL

Description: Studying and applying the Intent, Design, Emotion and Awareness (IDEA) in Plein Air painting.

Focusing in on these four IDEA areas in Plein Air painting (areas often overlooked and undervalued) will increase an overall mindfulness during the seeking stage (what to paint and (why paint that) and during the entire painting process, which I’ve found directly transfers to increased quality and viewer connectedness. My method of teaching is through a combination of demo’s, lecture, one-on-one instruction and coaching, all with massive amounts of encouragement for those things being done right, as well as direct feedback for areas not perfected yet.

Medium: All Mediums, but demo’s will be done in watercolor and oil.

Location: TBD but in and around the La Grange, IL area.

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11:30 AM11:30

Painting Workshop - Addison Art Guild Date June 22

Watercolor Painting Workshop - The Art & Design of Light

DESCRIPTION: Painting with I.D.E.A.S. Intent, Design, Emotion, Awareness and Simplicity – A new approach to connecting with, and capturing your scenes.

FEE: Addison Art Guild MEMBERS . . . .$60
NON-MEMBERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $70

Location: Addison Trail High School (room 140 - Art Room)
213 Lombard Rd
Addison, IL  60101

Event Link: https://www.artsdupage.org/event/all-media-painting-workshop-with-steve-puttrich-2/

Most workshops teach the Design, and the How to’s…this workshop will strengthen also other approaches and equip you with innovative ways of working to making your paintings remarkable.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to this workshop and I’m so excited and thankful for your interest. This is a class designed for students who want to learn the art of painting. 

Emphasis will be on discovery of Intent, (why paint this scene in the first place) What’s the Emotion behind the purpose of painting this scene over any other? We’ll dive into Design and the basics of good design and the value of having a solid design and a strong center of interest. Through value sketches, we’ll work out a plan of action. We’ll study light, mid-tone and dark value shapes to tell the best, Simplified “story” to create maximum impact. We’ll paint emotionally and with full Awareness of what is happening, and like a dance, we’ll learn to respond accordingly and to be comfortable with improvising with our art. Specific techniques will be addressed to help students make positive decisions and work through to complete paintings, all with much fun and no fear.

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11:00 AM11:00

Emily Oaks Nature Center

I’ll be touching several important and yet most overlooked aspect of Plein Air painting. 
Intent - Starting with Why. Why paint that scene to begin with?
Seeing - Art in the Ordinary
Design - Using Line, Shape and Value to its fullest extent in creating strong design
Edges - So often overlooked and yet the easiest to fix.
Color Harmony - Seven ways to harmonize a painting.

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3:00 PM15:00

Oak Brook, IL Demo

I'll be demonstrating oil painting techniques that quickly establishes a strong and compelling design. This includes;
Intent - Starting with Why. Why paint that scene to begin with?
Seeing - Art in the Ordinary
Design - Using Line, Shape and Value to its fullest extent in creating strong design
Edges - So often overlooked and yet the easiest to fix.
Color Harmony - Seven ways to harmonize a painting.

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10:00 AM10:00

Plein Air Painters of Chicago

Guest Demo, Instructor and Critic for the Plein Air Painters of Chicago.

Today's location will be at the main Westside entrance to Lincoln Park Zoo.

Demo starts off at 8:00 am and runs to 9:00am, Painters paint from 9:00-noon.

At noon we'll have a short critique session discussing each piece and whats working and whats not perfect yet. Free to all. 

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3:00 PM15:00

The White House of Barrington

I'll be joining two other award-winning artists painting Downtown Barrington, IL. I'll be Plein Air Painting in front of the White House of Barrington, IL to celebrate the launch of Art in Nature event at Crabtree Nature Center happening on Sept 10th.

Painting will take about 2 hours, followed by a gathering and reception in The White House.

Artworks from all three artists will be on display and available for purchase. Tax proceeds will benefit downtown Barrington.


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to Jun 17

Plein Air Cedarburg, WI

Recognized as the largest gathering of artists in Wisconsin, 150 nationally recognized and local artists will leave the comforts of their studios and spend over a week painting outside ... rain or shine.

The resulting fresh-off-the-easel paintings capture a summer moment in Ozaukee County. These are paintings of small town life, charming historical structures, favorite coffee shops, lakefront vistas, and picturesque countryside.

Unlike other plein air events, Cedarburg offers original art for everyone. More than 600 paintings are for sale in a wide range of subjects and prices.

Participating Artists (last updated Jan 29, 2:30pm)

Weekend Schedule

All activities are free and open to the public

Tuesday, June 6–Tuesday, June 12

Artists will be painting throughout Ozaukee County

Saturday, June 10

Quick Paint Competition

Artists paint and frame a painting within 2 ½ hours

Tuesday, June 13-Friday, June 16

Cedarburg Gems

Find the artists outside your favorite Cedarburg haunts painting small “gems”

Wednesday, June 14-Saturday, June 17

Painting Exhibit and Sale

Come to the Artist/Patron Party beginning at 6pm on June 14 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center [MAP]

for the best selection. Open Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Visit often, as new paintings will be added as paintings are sold.


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4:00 PM16:00

Barrington Cultural Arts Center Gallery at the Ice House Mall

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Why Paint?

I'll be demonstrating my love for painting on this day. I'll also be showing my oil painting techniques for floral still life. I'll bring and use my different tools, techniques and effects to aid me in achieving a strong design and compelling results. I also enjoys telling stories and revealing secrets for success from my 35 years as a professional artist. 

Demonstration Fee: $20
(BCAC Members: $10)

Space is limited so please make reservations for this event at: dmamon@msn.com - or call 847-561-6211

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Barrington's White House
9:00 PM21:00

Barrington's White House

I'm honored to be the first artist to open the Barrington's White House Community and Cultural Center in celebration of Barrington’s 150th anniversary. I will be showing 10 of my recent oil and watercolor paintings on Thursday, July 30th between 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
The theme will be Art in Nature. I'll also give a small presentation and explaining the thoughts and stories behind some of the works as well as some of my methods of seeing and working to create art.  Please join us.


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