Plein Air with Walter Porter

Walter will focus on establishing strong compositions that can be easily achieved by breaking down each scene into a limited number of simple shapes and their relative values. He will also show you how to produce beautiful pieces of art by “keeping it simple” with an easy to use limited palette as well as showing just how valuable and fun plein air painting can be… weather permitting of course.

From concept and composition to your final brush stroke, he will share with you his limited palette approach to producing successful paintings en plein air.

Join award-winning artist Walter Porter as he takes you into the workshop studio and out on location. Walter’s teaching method is aimed at simplifying the often intimidating world of plein air painting but still offers an approach that will work equally well for beginners and advanced painters alike.

Rescheduled January 19, 20, & 21 2018

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Walter Porter

Walter Porter

Workshop Instructor

For more than twenty years Walter Porter worked as a successful commercial illustrator, painting for a list of clients that included America West Airlines, Arizona Highways Magazine, AT&T, IBM, Park Hyatt Hotels, U.S. West Communications and the U.S. State Department. Then, after two decades of painting exclusively in watercolor, Walter decided to learn the art of oil painting. In September of 2004 he picked up a paint box and brushes and hiked into the mountains surrounding Tucson to paint landscapes. Since then, Walter has spent the majority of his time painting en plein air (“in the open air”) but also produces larger landscape pieces in the studio using his plein air studies as reference. He also paints portraits, figurative paintings, western pieces as well as pursuing his life long love of drawing. His easygoing manner and willingness to share his artistic knowledge has made him a much sought after instructor.  Walter Porter was born in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Ripon College, The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Arizona and currently lives with his wife in the Tucson Mountains just outside of Tucson, Arizona.

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Never one to ease into anything, I first signed up for a 3-day plein air workshop with Walter Porter. I bought the supplies the week before and tried them out once before the workshop. I was totally unprepared and inexperienced for the quality of work he was demonstrating and the other participants were painting. Walter is a kind and patient man, he never once made me feel bad for signing up for a class so far beyond my experience, instead, he was very encouraging. His passion for oil painting is contagious. I left with some pretty bad paintings but pages of notes and resources along with a great desire to learn more.


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