Fundamentals of Plein Air Painting with Maria Josenhans

May 08, 2021


When: May 8th @ 11am (1.5hr Demo)

Fundamentals of Plein Air Painting with Maria Josenhans

Opus Art Supplies’ iconic artist demonstrations and workshops have gone virtual! All our events are now held through Zoom. If you are not yet familiar with this fantastic meeting system, feel free to read the following articles from Zoom to get started.

Join skilled BC Artist Maria Josenhans for an introduction to the fundamentals of Plein Air Painting in oil and acrylic paint. Maria will walk participants through Plein Air supplies and set-up as well as introduce a limited colour palette which will help folks keep their painting kits light and portable. This limited palette, while limited, still allows the artist to mix a full range of accurate colours. Participants will be presented with fantastic tips for fruitful Plein air sessions including keeping paintings loose and expressive as well as working small and quick. Maria will also discuss helpful ways of finding a composition and ways of sketching for success. This demo will be wonderful for folks wanting to try Plein Air Painting for the first time or any creative individuals who would like to learn more about setting themselves up for successful Plein Air sessions!

Materials List

Gamblin Oil Colours in…

Cadmium Yellow Light

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium or Permanent Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Permanent Alizarin

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Viridian Green

Titanium White


Canvas panels such as Buzz Canvas Panels

Canson Plein Air CanvaBoards

Odourless Mineral Spirits such as Opus Odourless Mineral Spirits or Gamsol 

Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel

Variety of shapes and sizes of bristle brushes such as Opus Fortissimo Brushes

Palette knives such as Opus Finest Palette Knives

Sketchbook such as the Rendr by Crescent Marker pad

Fine point black sharpie

6B graphite pencil such as Staedtler or Caran D’ache

Copic markers in their Neutral Grey set of 6

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Artist Bio

As an artist for more nearly four decades, Maria’s career has been shaped by long periods of immersion in large format photography, championship highland dancing, teaching and traveling the world. She holds a BFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, and continues to take part in Invitational Plein Air events both nationally and abroad. Maria holds Senior Signature Status (SFCA) with the Federation of Canadian Artists. 






May 08, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm