Those who follow plein air painting on social media are probably aware of Roos Schuring. Her work possesses the brushy, painterly look that so many artists wish to incorporate into their tighter depictions of the landscape. Now she’s coming across the Atlantic Ocean just for the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE).
A combination of her loose brushwork, deft color use, and romantic Dutch subject matter makes her paintings hard to ignore. But Schuring has long been an admired from afar — from Europe —until she agreed to teach at PACE. Now participants signed up for the Plein Air Convention will have a chance to learn from her next April in San Diego, California.
“Morning Light Effect on Carmel Beach,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
Schuring has not previously attended PACE, so she’s not completely sure what she’ll encounter. “It’s obviously the place to be, to meet likeminded people and learn a lot and to have fun with our great artist friends,” says the Dutch artist. “And I’m especially happy to teach or demonstrate because a lot of the people joining might really like it.”
“Sunny Beach and Parasol,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
“Bad Weather Luck,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
The painter plans on approaching instruction by utilizing several canvases, rather than painting one demo. “I’ll be teaching about light — the effects of light and light effects,” she says. “And color. I plan to have a more interactive approach to teaching. It won’t be a demonstration where I’ll be silent for an hour. I’ll be probably talking a lot, giving a lot of examples. I’ll have a couple of canvases where I can show quick ways or effects, to hopefully add a lot of value to the artists who are watching ‘my thing.’”
“Shoreline and Backlight in Summer,” by Roos Schuring, 2014, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
“Home Again, 5:30 a.m.,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
“California Sunset,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
The painter says she wonders how participants divide their time at PACE. Do they socialize? Go to bed early to take advantage of Eric Rhoads’ art marketing seminars early in the morning? Spend more time painting outside? Watch demos? The answer is, all of the above. But even San Diego will be a new experience for Schuring. “I have never been there; I can’t even picture the scenery,” she says. “I’ll need to Google a bit to know what I’ll be finding there. I hope there are nice trees, evening sunsets, and maybe a beach nearby. I’ll be happy to meet a lot of people whom I only know from the digital platforms. I can’t wait!”
“Summer Morning Beach and Parasols,” by Roos Schuring, 2015, oil, 9 1/2 x 12 in.
If you missed out on this year’s event, don’t make the same mistake twice. Check out the website for PACE 2017, in San Diego. It’s filling up fast already.