George Van Hook


“Plein Air Painting; Approaches and Techniques”

March 20 – 21, 2017

Fee: $275

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life.  “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says.  The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.

During this workshop we’ll work on how to paint the landscape and figure on location out of doors. I will discuss how to approach the subject even before picking up a brush, how to think about composition and color harmony. Then we will cover materials and color choices, and then how to block in the painting, and how to move it forward from there. At the end we will discuss how to complete the painting in the studio, if necessary, and when and how photo references can be helpful.

About George Van Hook (American, b.1954) is a painter known for his impressionistic, en plein air works. Born in Abington, PA, Van Hook grew up in the Philadelphia area where he spent much of his time studying the masters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and immersing himself in the Bucks County Impressionist and Brandywine art traditions from the early 20th century. Van Hook studied at Oberlin College in Ohio, and later received his BA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, in 1977. While in California, Van Hook was drawn to the works of the late 19th- and early 20th-century California Impressionists, and won over a dozen awards and prizes.
This interest naturally led him to Europe where he studied painting in Italy and France, absorbing the works of the old masters from his daily visits to the Louvre.

For the last five years,  Van Hook has been involved in Plein Air competitions, and has won numerous awards. He was the 2014 Juror and Judge for the Connecticut Plein Air Society annual exhibition, was invited by Plein Air magazine to be a live instructor at the Plein Air National Convention, 2015 in Monterrey, CA.  Liliedahl Productions and Plein Air Magazine released in 2014 a 90 minute instructional film, “How to Paint Impressionism Outdoors” by George Van Hook. 


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