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The Studios of Key West will be located at our new home at 533 Eaton Street beginning this winter. When planning your visit, please take this into consideration when booking your accommodations.
$150, $130 mbrs
Intermediate to Advanced
Intended for watercolor, but open to other media
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Michele Byrne is well-known for her plein air depictions of lively Key West street scenes and Parisian cafes. The former AIR returns to share her skills, focusing on how to incorporate figures into plein air scenes, adding extra life to your paintings.
Byrne be using Water Soluable Oil paints and will use these products to teach and demo. Students may use either water soluble oils or traditional oil paints.
Byrne prefers to paint outdoors directly on site. “I feel that it is the best way to capture the immediacy of the moment. It allows me to immerse myself in the subject. I am not the typical plein air landscape painter in that I enjoy capturing social situations and views of the urban landscape. Whether standing next to a busy café, an isolated beach or inside a jazz club, I know that it is not just the visual information that becomes a part of the painting. The sounds, the smells, the mood and the environment all become integral to the finished image. My plein air paintings are meant to be mirrors of our lives. There is something magical and mystical about standing with your feet firmly planted on the earth, absorbing all the sounds, smells and conversations as well as the visual information and letting it all flow out onto the canvas. I become a part of the scene and the paintings seem to flow out of me.”