Saim Caglayan was born in Istanbul, Turkey and came to the United States in 1968 to study Architecture. After three years his interest changed and he went on to complete his BA degree in Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach. He then took further graduate courses in art from California State University, Fullerton and the Art Institute of Southern California. Saim taught art for the next 25 years at Crafton hills College, Golden West College and Irvine Valley College.
Saim has been plein air painting the landscapes of the California desert, coastline and Islands of Hawaii for many years now. His goal as a painter is to capture the ever-transient light and its colors within a composition of balance and harmony.
Saim, in 1996 founded LPAPA ( Laguna Plein Air Painters Association). He co-founded, in 2003 KOPA ( Kauai Outdoor Painters Association), in 2005, ISLANDERS (a group of painters representing the Hawaiian Islands) and MPAPI ( Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational) and in 2007 Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational. All these organizations and events promote plein air painting and benefit not for profit organizations in their respected communities.
During this workshop Saim will concentrate on three essential elements in painting from life, composition, value and color:
1. Composition: Strong composition contains a sound perspective, balance and harmony. Perspective provides sense of depth and movement. Balance is achieved by proper positioning of the foreground, mid ground, background and the essential elements (Center of interest) within these spaces. A harmonious composition is the result of successful integration of the perspective and balance in which there is visual flow a feast for the eyes.
We will make several small, quick pencil, charcoal studies of our subject on a sketch pad before proceeding on canvas and choose the most successful one to be put on our canvas.
2. Value: We will also do a value study of our subject using a single dark color wash to get familiar with the light and dark areas and the mid tones in our painting. Correct value will result in spatial depth and the light source which is essential in painting. Looking at the subject while squinting the eye will eliminate details, simplify the masses, therefore making it easy to see the value scale of the scene before us. This is a very important step prior to sketching our composition.
3. Color: I have found that in many years of teaching, color mixing is very challenging especially for the beginner. It takes years to learn how to mix colors quickly and accurately. To simplify this process I will employ only four colors, 1. White, 2. Blue, 3. Yellow, 4. Red , We will mix rest of the colors using only these primary colors and white. This method, known as the limited palette, will give us the color harmony which is difficult to achieve when there are too many colors on our palette.
Using color temperature, warmth and coolness of colors, color intensity, lightness or darkness of colors and the complimentary colors, we will bring about atmosphere, depth and visual excitement into our paintings.
I recommend using small canvasses to do these studies in the field, unless you are advanced you should not be painting any larger than 8"x 10".
Desert is most beautiful this time of the year as the flowers carpet her crystalline soil, even the most prickly vegetation show their feminine side with lovely flora.
Class is limited to 12
To register email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEIN AIR PAINTING SUPPLIES
EASEL: EasyL, Open Box M brands are good ones. www.artworkessentials.com www.openboxm.com
BRUSHES: Good quality hog bristle #1 ,#2, #4, #6, #8 Flats, Filberts and Brights and #2 rounds and rigger. Winsor & Newton, Isabey, Utrecht are good brands
BRUSH WASHER: 8 ounce size
PALETTE KNIFE: Various sizes and shapes 1 1/4" - 4 " long
CANVAS BOARDS: 6"X8" AND 8"X10" linen or cotton canvas mounted on 1/8" boards, Fredrix and Utrecht carries
DRY BOX: to carry and store wet paintings. RayMar and EasyL makes them.
SKETCH BOOK: 6" x 8" one is sufficient. 6B Pencil and kneaded eraser
VIEW FINDER: Order from EasyL or Art Supply Warehouse
THINNER: Odorless or Gamsol
Titanium White...................Mars Black
Cadmium Yellow light.........Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light............Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue........................Ultramarine Blue
Yellow ochre (bring for an exercise)
UMBRELLA: EasyL has a good one, bring small stretch cords to fasten.
MISCELLANEOUS: Viva paper towels, plastic bags for trash, an empty 16 oz. jar to put dirty turpentine in. sun screen, hat, dark shirt or apron to work in, water, snack.
RECOMMENDED READING: Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson,
Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne
Art Spirit by Robert Henri
Hawthorne on Painting by Charles Hawthorne
Fill your Oil Paintings with Light and Color by Kevin Macpherson