Doug Swinton 06/18


Experience this 7 day adventure boating to remote locations around Pender island, British Columbia aboard the Grand Banks 36 “Mistral”. Cruise past arbutus-lined shores with killer whales, eagles and seals as your companions. Each day spent under the instruction of acclaimed painter, Doug Swinton, learning and practicing plein air painting principles and techniques.

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Workshop Overview

Plein Air with Doug Swinton June 1-8, 2018

I’m expecting this workshop to fill up quickly as our maximum is 10 painters.

Tuition includes welcome dinner and orientation, 5 full days of plein air painting with instruction at remote locations only accessible by boat plus 1 free day to relax, paint or tour the island, a final critique and windup celebration, accommodation, buffet breakfast and packed lunches, coffee, tea, water (in studio and on board “Mistral”).

Tuition does not include transportation to and from Pender Island, transportation while on Pender Island, and all other activities.

Depending on the accommodation type the total cost of LeMistral Painting Workshops range from $1,985.00 to 2,385.00 plus 5% GST

Our Maximum number of painters is 10 however we can accommodate up to 12 persons in case partners would like to take a holiday on Pender Island. There are activities such as sea kayaking, sailing, fishing, hiking, whale watching and golfing.

Accompanying Partner = $1000.00

Doug Swinton’s approach to teaching a Plein Air workshop.

5 full days of painting on location. As anyone knows repetition is the key to learning anything. With 5 days we can wash rinse repeat and get down to the nitty gritty of plein air painting. Starting out the same way each time and building upon or successes we will amass a bundle of sketches, studies, and finished paintings. We will do 2-3 paintings a day allowing us to explore all the facets of painting on location.

A few of the things you will learn will include:

• Your equipment.
• Scaling down for ease and travel.
• How to simplify what you’re looking at.
• Taking all that’s in front of you and making it fit on that little canvas. • Choosing what’s paintable.
• Building simple compositions that make for fun paintings.
• Simple colour mixing techniques for making clean colours fast.
• Using fewer colours to achieve harmony in your paintings.
• When your painting is finished.
• The less is more fundamental.

Loads of one on one help along with group and personal demos will keep you on track for a successful week.


About Doug Swinton

Doug Swinton

I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe its living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. But some how, art has now become my career.
Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. And today, besides being an artist

How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think its going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal. For me it’s always been more about the doing than the end product. It’s like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I also get board very easy so I tend to flit from subject to subject. As J R Tolkien said, “not all that wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, it’s always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes.

Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.

Artist Statement

Art is not about a living; it’s living the art.”

An updated supply list will be available upon registration.