Rich Gallego, "Of Strength and Power," oil on linen, 24 x 18 inches

The California City Arts Commission is very excited to be hosting accomplished plein air painter Rich Gallego for an in-depth workshop on August 19 from noon to 3 p.m.

The basics of plein air painting, packing your materials, composition, and much more will be the topics under consideration during Rich Gallego’s upcoming workshop at the California City Arts and Community Building in California City.

Rich Gallego, “National Treasure,” oil on watercolor paper, 7 x 10 inches

“Gallego has been painting landscape since 1996. His longtime love of nature’s wild places has taken him far afield, from Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly to the beaches of Hawaii,” says Susanna Monette, contributing writer for the Tehachapi News. “From the rivers, gorges, and adobes of northern New Mexico to the glaciers of Alaska and so many places in between, all in search of the scenes he loves to paint. Referring to his obsession with painting as ‘my magnificent affliction,’ he is constantly searching for new ways to reveal the natural world to others through paint.

Rich Gallego, “That Golden Light,” gouache on board, 9 x 12 inches

“He teaches weekly plein air workshops in southern California, annual plein air painting workshops for Cloudcroft Art Workshops in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and each year for the past eight, he has taught week-long workshops for the Taos Art School in New Mexico. He is a member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters’ Association and was juried into their Best of Plein Air show in 2015 and 2016.”

This article was featured in PleinAir Today, a weekly e-newsletter from PleinAir magazine. To start receiving PleinAir Today for free, click here.

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Andrew Webster is the Editor of Plein Air Today and works as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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