PleinAir Editor Steve Doherty

PleinAir Editor Steve Doherty turned over the weekly PleinAir Today e-newsletter to the capable hands of Bob Bahr, and now he has more time to paint, teach, and share information gathered during 35 years of interviewing painters. Here’s news about his first workshop.

The start of Doherty’s 16″ x 20″ oil painting of the Shenandoah Valley

After 35 years of interviewing artists to find out about their materials and techniques, Steve Doherty is sharing that information with artists near his new home in Virginia. He recently offered an illustrated talk as part of the ongoing “Conversations” programs offered by the Beverley Street Studio School (BSSS) in Staunton, Virginia, and now he will be teaching a plein air painting workshop for BSSS from May 31 through June 2.

Continuing to work from background-to-foreground and top-to-bottom, Doherty fills in the middle section on the canvas, toned with transparent red oxide.

Doherty’s workshop is titled “Better Results and More Fun With Plein Air Painting.” For information, contact BSSS by visiting, sending an e-mail to [email protected], or calling 540.886.8636.

The completed painting, with more details to be added in the foreground trees once the painting dries.

Doherty recently photographed one of his 16″ x 20″ oil paintings of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in stages of development. The painting represents his efforts to work with lighter, warmer colors in the distant space and dark contrasting values in the foreground region of the landscape.


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