Carson holds outdoor painting workshop

Published 3:09 pm Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“Along the Docks” by Jim Carson

Saluda artist Jim Carson will conduct a “plein air” (outdoor) oil and/or acrylic workshop, titled “Painting Fast and Loose,” in Saluda Thursday –Saturday, June 2-4.

The workshop will concentrate on values, color and temperature, and making color changes without making value changes, which Carson said results in more harmonious paintings. This procedure allows painterly brushwork without resulting in spotty paintings Carson said. The class will practice making value sketches prior to beginning the painting, thus assuring a good design before the painting is started.

The three-day workshop will be held at different outdoor locations each day and feature demonstrations by the artist and critiques of the student’s work at the end of each day.

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The cost of the workshop includes lunch brought to the painting site each day by The Saluda Grade Café.

Carson will participate in this year’s Saluda Arts Festival on May 21, and was accepted to the seventh annual Plein Air Easton Art Festival in Easton, Maryland, from July 17 – 24.

For more information, visit, call 828-749-3702 or email

– article submitted by Jim Carson