Event, Free, Main Gallery | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 | 10:00 AM | $Free
Landscape painter Bill Schmidt will demonstrate how he creates an on-site landscape painting from the initial pencil sketch to the finished work. In this unique step-by-step presentation, the artist will display panels that show each step of the development process. A professional landscape painter for more than 30 years, Bill works outdoors “en plein air” year round, even on very cold and very hot days. An experienced and entertaining speaker, he has plenty of anecdotes and stories to tell. Bill will also share tips about painting on location in all seasons and weather and explain a bit about his colors and the equipment needed for outdoor landscape painting. Following the demonstration, he will walk the audience through “Timeless Traditions, Today’s Landscapes.” This exhibition features paintings by 30 members of the Washington Society of Landscape Painters and will remain on view through November 1. Bill will point out various painting styles and techniques used by his fellow artists.
About the Artist:
Bill Schmidt is a Rockville, Maryland, resident who has been a professional landscape painter for more than 30 years, following careers as a nuclear engineer, consultant, and president of a training firm. He developed his distinctive style of loose realism after being inspired by the French and American Impressionists and the Cape Ann (Massachusetts) marine painters, such as Emile Gruppe. Working with a palette that enables him to paint bright, lively scenes as well as react to fog, overcast and storms, he paints outdoors in all seasons. His paintings feature scenes from the Chesapeake Bay area, New England, the Gulf Coast, California, and Bermuda. Other motifs include American towns and countrysides, the National Parks, and scenes from his travels to Venice, Paris, and Normandy. Bill is represented by five galleries where he has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits. His works can currently be seen at the following galleries: McBride Gallery (Annapolis, MD), American Painting Fine Art (Washington, DC), Gleedsville Art Gallery (Leesburg, VA), Carmen’s Gallery (Solomons, MD), Brad Smith Gallery (Santa Fe, NM). For more information about the artist, please visit www.billschmidt.net and www.facebook.com/BillSchmidtArt