Paint and Win!
A guide to competing
successfully at Plein Air

Date: August 4 – 5, 2019, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Location: Blue Ridge Arts Association
420 West Main Street,  Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Plan and execute paintings for fun and prizes with some smart suggestions that will improve your paintings immediately and enhance your chances for success. Ed will show you how to choose subjects that are relevant and unique and will catch the eye of judges and buyers.

Tuition: $200

Composition is King! 
2 Day Plein Air Workshop 

Date: May 24 – 25, 2018, 9:30 am – 3 pm

Location: Gilmer Arts
207 Dalton St., Ellijay, GA 30540

This class is designed for the  beginning to intermediate skilled artist interested in creating more successfully designed paintings. We will paint en plein air in the quaint mountain town of Ellijay Georgia and cover small town views, classic Southern architecture, and atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on design and center of attention using the outdoor composition solutions of Edgar Payne and John Carlson.

Register for this Class



I teach Kennesaw State University KSU/Olli Courses, including an advance oil painting or All Prima.

All these classes are very economical and financial assistance is available too. Come over to the Olli campus for the studio classes. I have a good group with varied skill levels. The new All Prima class is for those wishing to push into intensive and more advanced still life and portraiture.

The Plein Air class meets in locations around the area and if the weather is prohibitive I teach fundamentals inside that will improve your outdoor painting. 

Spring semester classes available for enrollment:

Beginning Oil Painting
Course #22722
4/29/2019 – 6/24/2019
8 Sessions, Weekly, Mondays 9am–12pm
Fee: $139

Plein Air
Course #22724
4/29/2019 – 6/24/2019
8 Sessions, Weekly, Mondays 1:30pm–4:30pm
Fee: $139

Intermediate Oil Painting
Course #22781
5/7/2019 – 6/25/2019
8 Sessions, Weekly, Tuesdays 9am–12pm
Fee: $139

2019 Events

Open Air Meriwether
April 8–12

Sautee Plein Air
April 12–14

Olmsted Invitational
April 28–May 5

Forgotten Coast
May 17–18

Plein Air in the Mountains
June 2019
Dates to be announced

Duluth Plein Air
Dates to be announced

Blue Ridge Plein Air
Dates to be announced

Stone Mountain Plein Air
Dates to be announced

New Smyrna Beach Plein Air
Dates to be announced

Supply List:

All supplies are available at Blicks in Marietta or others in store or online.

Oil Paint Brands:
I recommend Utrecht, alternatives are Gamblin, Winsor Newton, Old Holland, Michael Harding. No studio brands—Example: Winton, Gamblin 1980, Blick Studio brand.

Titanium White
Ultramarine Blue—no hues
Cadmium Yellow Light or Lemon—no hues
Cadmium Red no hues
Alizarin Crimson—no hues

Optional colors (not required)
Cerulean blue, Ocher
Viridian or Pthalo Green

Brushes: (Various, but these are essential)
Brands : Utrecht Tuscany, Grumbacher, Princeton, Gainesboro, etc
#14 (1 inch wide) Hogs Hair Flat or an Egbert
#12 ( half inch wide) Synthetic Flat
#6 Flat or Filbert
Liner or small brush


For initial drawing:
Vine Charcoal—Medium
Paper Towels —Complete roll or painters rags
View Finder—View Catcher or similar

2-4 Oil or Gesso Primed Canvas (or linen) Boards
either— 9 x 12”, 12 x 12, 12 x 16”, 8 x16″ or a mix

Jerry’s OP Deluxe Centurion is my recommendation

Odorless mineral spirits, Gamsol or other brand

Small cup for cleaning —No regular mineral spirits or turpentine.

French Easel or Half Easel or Pochade Box w/Tripod
Brands: Jullian French easel, Judsen’s boxes, Open Box M,
Many others online, (Check that the size will match your boards)

Below are links to the vendors I use: