Each year Bluff Strokes offers a limited number of multi-day workshops featuring high quality regional artist/teachers.  Workshops are targeted to artists ranging from advanced beginner (some experience with the media) to professionals who wish to expand their skill set.

Mindful Habits to Improve Your Plein Air Painting

D.K. (Deke) Palecek

June 25-28, 2019


INSTRUCTOR:  D.K. Palecek dkpalecek.com

DK (Deke) is a Northeastern Wisconsin oil painter.  In spite of a degree in Math and a prior life on Wall Street, she now pursues a painted life.  She travels the US competing in Plein Air events where she has won many awards.  In 2018 she was accepted into five international juried competitions and was a featured artist in April/May Plein Air Magazine.  

Deke’s fascination with brain science will add an interesting twist to this workshop, which will focus not only a comprehensive approach to painting on location, but on developing and engraining habits to continually improve those skills. The class will be held indoors and out.

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  • Deke starts with a clear, repeatable process for developing a painting, freeing you to concentrate on the creative aspects that make your paintings unique.  Her process simplifies a complicated outdoor scene into focal point, shapes, values, and associated brushwork.  With a solid foundation, dimension and details can be added to fully capture your vision. 

  • Deke will incorporate her intrigue with brain science so you walk away with tools and awareness to continuously improve your work.  The workshop will involve three dimensions:

    • Skills - capture a scene with laser focus on shapes, values, focal point and brushwork.

    • Goals - Where are you now, where do you want to go, what steps will get you there.

    • Awareness – what habits and rituals work for you and which need to change to reach your goals and the brain science that supports developing those habits?

COST: $365                      PARTICIPANTS: Minimum 8 - Maximum 16

QUESTIONS CONTACT:  Wes Heitzman 563-845-1801   info@bluffstrokes.org