2017 Workshops

Below is a summary list of SIX WORKSHOPS I'll be offering from May/June through October. Not all of these workshops have a date yet, and one has no venue yet. There will be flyers and other information coming in the next few months. To register for any of these workshops or for more information, please get in touch with me through the contact page. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your place in any of these workshops. I'll email you with more information upon receipt of your deposit. You can also call me at 503-201-2556.

June 8 - 13      Oregon High Desert         Diamond, Oregon

Date not set       First Light, Last Light        Portland, Oregon

Date not set       Painting in the Land of Retreat   Goldendale, Wash.

Date not set       Painting in the Land of Retreat    Goldendale, Wash.

Sept. 5 - 8          Plein Air and the Dao of Seeing    Sitka Center, Otis, Ore.

Oct. 6 - 10         Oregon High Desert         Diamond, Oregon

 

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Late May , early June , or July

First Light Last Light

Dates and venue not yet set.

The challenge and the attraction to this workshop is that our attention is directed to the softer periods between night and morning, evening and night. The world around us is not quite in focus, and nor are we. So our perceptions and actions (walking, painting) can surprise us.  We might paint something more resonant with our feeling, than a representation of what is seen.

The schedule goes something like this: We begin at first light, paint on our own for three hours; break and come together for a critique until 11; break for the afternoon; come back to paint in the last light of the day.

For the past couple of years, this has been a challenging and rewarding workshop.  This year, the venue we’ve been using is no longer available. I’m currently looking for a new place with an inspiring vista and

·      comfortable bathroom

·      a place to make coffee, tea and snacks

·      a good place for a critique

·      ability to leave our gear while we are away for the afternoon

If you have an idea of such a location, please let me know.

$400 for 4 days of painting. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your place in the workshop. I’ll send along more information upon receipt of your deposit. Go to jefgunn.com for more information, or call me at 503-201-2556.

 

Oregon High Desert Painting Workshop

June 9 – 12 (arrive by supper Thurs. June 8; paint four full days; depart Tues. June 13)

In this four-day workshop we  will explore on-site landscape painting (en plein air) in the heart of Oregon's stunningly beautiful sagebrush desert. The workshop will focus on creating the feeling of expansive, even limitless, space through the development of subtle color relationships and the abstraction of the observed physical forms – buttes, valleys, mountains, plains and sky. The painting group will work out of Diamond in Harney County, the gateway to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain, Catlow Rim and the Alvord Desert. Selected painting sites include McCoy Valley, Diamond Craters and the Frenchglen area. Lodging and meals – scrumptious meals - at the Diamond Hotel.

$420 for 4 days of painting. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your place in the workshop. I’ll send along more information upon receipt of your deposit. Contact me by email, or call me at 503-201-2556. The tuition does not include lodging or meals – Please reserve a room right away at 541-493-1898

 

July/August/September

Painting the Land of Retreat

Dates and venue not yet set. One to 3 day painting retreats on secluded land in Eastern Washington. Two hours from Portland/Vancouver.

 

Painting Landscape and the Dao of Seeing

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

September 5 – 8

Registration for this workshop opens February 28 through the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology website

Painting from Nature, out in the open, is a pleasurable challenge. It calls for a sustained effort of looking and repeated painting. The key to better painting is learning how to slow the mind in order to SEE, and then to flow with the tide of creation. This workshop on the repeated practice of looking and painting will take place between the studio and the open air. We will learn specific meditation methods, color mixing, Western and Asian composition strategies, using ebb and flow, and seeing through momentary conditions. Playful experiment and grounding in meditation will be integral to our workshop. Only expectations limit the possibilities.

The Dao of seeing is centered between keen observation of landscape, the mystery of attention, and sound painting methods. The emphasis is on seeing, experimentation, playful abstraction, process. Color and composition are also emphasized. Meditation practice will be a part of every day. Come discover what painting en plein air can be.

 

October

Oregon High Desert Painting Workshop

Diamond, Oregon (Harney County)

October 7 – 10 (arrive by supper Fri. Oct. 6; paint four days; depart Wed. Oct. 11)

This four-day workshop will explore on-site landscape painting (en plein air) in the heart of Oregon's stunningly beautiful sagebrush desert. The workshop will focus on creating the feeling of expansive, even limitless, space through the development of subtle color relationships and the abstraction of the observed physical forms – buttes, valleys, mountains, plains and sky. The painting group will work out of Diamond in Harney County, the gateway to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain, Catlow Rim and the Alvord Desert. Selected painting sites include McCoy Valley, Diamond Craters and the Frenchglen area. Lodging and meals – scrumptious meals - at the Diamond Hotel.

In October, the air will be a little cooler, the colors have Fall in them, and dawn comes a little later.

 

$420 for 4 days of painting. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your place in the workshop. I’ll send along more information upon receipt of your deposit. Please email me for more information, or call me at 503-201-2556. The tuition does not include lodging or meals – Please reserve a room right away at 541-493-1898

 

 

And that's it for 2017 workshops. 

You can always contact me with ideas for workshops and locations. I appreciate your contact.

Happy painting!

 

 

 

 

2016 Workshops

Below is a summary list of SIX WORKSHOPS I'll be offering from June through October. There are flyers and other information following. To register for any of these workshops or for more information, please contact me through the contact page. A non-refundable deposit of $100 will hold your place in any of these workshops. I'll email you with more information upon receipt of your deposit. You can also call me at 503-201-2556.

June 7 - 11        Oregon High Desert         Diamond, Oregon

July 15 - 18       First Light, Last Light        Portland, Oregon

July 30                Painting in the Land of Retreat   Goldendale, Wash.

Aug. 6                 Painting in the Land of Retreat    Goldendale, Wash.

Aug. 29 - Sept. 1 Plein Air and the Dao of Seeing    Sitka Center, Otis, Ore.

Oct. 14 - 18       Oregon High Desert        Diamond, Oregon

Of course, we've been going out to paint in Diamond, Oregon for many years now. I was reflecting on it last year, and what I realized was that, in this landscape in particular, no matter where you look, there's a painting to be painted. Maybe you've noticed that not all beautiful vistas are paintable. What makes them paintable? Come and find out!

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The FIRST LIGHT LAST LIGHT workshop is a challenge for sure and last year brought out some interesting work from each of the painters. I hope you will join us this year. I believe the moon will be full in those four days.

Ever make a full moon painting? 

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This workshop is exciting for me personally because I've been volunteering at this site, along with many other members of the Buddhist community, for 16 years now. The landscape is visually engaging with an old orchard, large fields, an old barn and fences, small lake, two creeks (maybe three), rocky outcroppings, oak and pine savannah, and many walking trails throughout. It's also special because our purpose in acquiring it was to create a facility for long retreat. We built the facility over these many years and currently there are ten people who have just yesterday (April 4, 2016) completed their first year of a three-year meditation retreat. So, for us in the community, and for others who go there to visit, there is this other dimension, a feeling of special attention that is alive there. You can find more information on the flyer below and more on the kcc website. The property is not generally open to the public. I hope to see you there painting. 

Both Kat and Phyllis are great painters and great teachers. Consider taking their workshops, or take all four!

– Jef