En Plein Air Workshop with John Budicin

by Big Cedar Lodge 11. October 2012 11:50

Join Big Cedar Lodge as we welcome the 2012 Plein Air Paint Out Host Artist and Judge, John Budicin. Born in Italy, Budicin was educated in Southern California and presently lives in San Bernardino where he maintains a studio. Originally a commercial artist, his passion is en plein air (outdoor) painting, and his works can be found in many private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad. This award winning artist will conduct a workshop and give a public demonstration during the week-long event. 

On Monday, October 22, the week kicks off with the John Budicin Workshop. As an accomplished teacher, Budicin has lead workshops across the United States and Italy. He specializes in painting natural scenes in outdoor locations; making him a perfect match for Big Cedar’s picturesque location on Table Rock Lake.

During the workshop, Budicin will train artists to focus on simplifying and organizing shapes. Beginning with a simple statement, Budicin guides students in capturing shapes, values, and light source quickly; translating each brush stroke into a finished painting.

“Whether it's a landscape or a cityscape, my first reaction is to break it down into a simple statement. By paying close attention to shapes and value, I start to paint a building in the same fashion as I paint a tree or a mountain, by responding to the scene in flat and simple shapes. (The only difference is that a street scene requires a bit more drawing at the outset and more attention to perspective.) Then I'll go back and add details and variation of color. I generally like to include some elements of human life in my work when I can--a house or maybe some animals or people. I want to show the gentle sides of nature and man in a harmonious existence.”—John Bucidin

The following link explains Budicin’s painting process. Notice how simple elements are transformed into a finished scene.

Even if you chose not to participate in the workshop, the Paint Out competition is a perfect opportunity to meet other artists, sell your artwork, get experience en plein air, and have a chance to win great prizes. It only costs $50 to enter the competition, and that fee includes a gift bag filled with samples from our event sponsors. This year’s sponsors include SourceTek, Judson Art Outfitters, SunEden Artist Gear, Plein Air Magazine, Gamblin Artist Gear, Dick Blick, and National Art Shop.

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