Aussie Plein Air Fundamentals Colour In Your Life Workshop

Plein Air Fundamentals with Jessica Henry and Daniel Hill Riedel


November 19 & 20 2019

Kirra Hill, Gold Coast, Australia

Plein Air painting is a lifelong challenge that one in possession of the adventurous spirit would never grow weary.

It’s with enthusiasm and respect that I approach the subject of landscape painting, whether the painting is worked on later in the studio or completely “alla prima” in the great outdoors, the process of celebrating nature is healing, restorative, and wholly good for the soul.

It’s not entirely the act of putting the paint on the canvas that has redemptive qualities- but more importantly, just being OUTSIDE! Listening to the birds, hearing the cicadas whine as the summer sun warms the earth, the dust of a country road, the frogs and crickets in the nearby pond performing their evening duets…as the sun is setting, the stars slowly emerge as you’re painting a full moon nocturn, the gentle ocean waves taking all your cares back out to sea, where they belong…that is the alluring romance of Plein Air painting, and it is as addictive as it is seductive- drawing you back for more.  At the end of the day, you feel like a better person for having done something for yourself as meditative as submitting to the education that only nature can teach you. Take it all in as part of the story.

Early bird price ( until August 1)  AUD $325

Regular price AUD $375

Includes workbook and workshop and video.

If students want to join the two-day workshop or the 14-day adventure or the other, they will still be able to get the fullness of both courses.  Dan and Jessica will be printing out workbooks that contain all four different sessions for all participating students will have.

 See Jessica and Daniel's  Colour in Your Life show here.


  • Understanding the principles of landscape painting:
    • Understanding your materials
    • Colour mixing, photo distortions
    • the ins and outs of plein air
    • students complete a landscape painting from a photo

    A practical approach to the process of plein air painting: (Demo and student project)

    • Efficiency
    • Scene selection
    • Composition
    • The thumbnail sketch
    • The value lay-in
    • Painting from the back to the front
    • Capturing the light
    • Atmosphere and colour
    • Knowing when you’re done.


    Students will gain a solid foundation of understanding and applying the knowledge of 1 and 2 point perspective into their plein air paintings.

    Finding your own voice:

    Identifying what makes you unique and embracing your own voice is surprisingly one of the biggest challenges to the artist. It boils down to knowing what you respond to.

    Students will gain the confidence to listen to their inner responses to what truly moves them and act upon those impressions.

    There is no one on earth quite like you and the joy of being an artist is to share your special outlook.


  • Gamblin Paints:Colours:
    • Titanium White
    • Cadmium Yellow Medium
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Pthalo Green
    • Alizarin Crimson


    • Gamsol (Odorless Mineral Spirits- available through Gamblin Products)
    • Refined Linseed Oil (Also available through Gamblin)

    Painting Box:

    • Some videos, Open Box M
    • Some videos, Both companies- great plein air easels!


    • Signet Series by Robert Simmons: sizes 2,4,6,& 8

    Plein Air Backpack:

    • Sienna Brand Plein Air Back Pack


    • Small 8” x 10”, 6” x 8” or so panels (I prefer linen or gessoed- not cotton cheap pnes)
    • Raymar wet panel carrier for carrying wet paintings (I prefer an 8” x 10”) You can order panels through Raymar, also

    Miscellaneous materials:

    • Paper Towels
    • Sketch book/pencil
    • Camera/phone
    • 3 -legged stool
    • Bungie cord
    • Drawing pencils
    • View catcher
    • Personal care items, band-aids or small first aid kit, rubber bands, clips, chap stick, business cards, etc
    • Containers to hold solvent, Small metal can
    • Palette cups for linseed oil
    • Brush holder/container


Jessica Henry

Jessica Henry is founding partner of Renaissance Creative Arts and Executive Director and Lead Instructor of its Renaissance Academy of Fine Arts. In 2018 she co-founded the Renaissance Academy Of Fine Arts with Daniel Hill Riedel as part of their Renaissance Creative Arts business to extend their art instruction offerings. She develops and designs courses, teaches classes and workshops and contributes to the creation of the programs.

Jessica is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. Her oil paintings are described as “Classically Impressionistic”, while maintaining the discipline of her classical training, Jessica embraces the painterly approach of thick, rich brushwork and play of light throughout her colors–reminiscent of the Impressionists use of jewel-like colours to reflect dancing light. Whether Jessica is painting a poetic landscape, a mysterious still life or capturing a personality in a portrait, her work resounds with joyous light and sumptuous paint quality.
Her work has been exhibited and eagerly collected from coast to coast as well as featured in many publications, including the December 2016 and 2017 issues of Western Art Collector. And as a featured artist in an article, Western Art East of the Mississippi.
Jessica’s teaching experience started in 1994 and includes owning her own art school; teaching hundreds of art students at various levels of development in numerous schools and workshops, and tens of thousands on her YouTube channel. Her YouTube channel is ranked #25 of the top 50 Oil Painting Channels. Jessica’s videos have been watched worldwide and have more than 5Mil minutes of view time.
Her mission is to guide each artist on the journey to maximize his/her talents and creativity. Jessica’s deep knowledge of materials and techniques communicated with her warm, engaging personality and humble yet confident approach make learning art an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.
We’re confident that whatever level you’re at now, if you are dedicated to take the courses and do the work, Jessica and her guest instructors will help you achieve your artist goals.
For more information about Jessica Henry and her work, visit:

Daniel Hill Riedel

Daniel Hill Riedel is a fine artist, muralist, decorative artisan, illustrator and designer. In 2018 he co-founded the Renaissance Academy Of Fine Arts with Jessica Henry as part of their Renaissance Creative Arts business to extend their art instruction offerings.

Daniel discovered his artistic talent and passion early in life growing up in Ohio. As a boy both of his grandfathers had a profound impact on his life—one a painter, wallpaper hanger and the other a printer—which ultimately influenced the direction of his work later in life.
After graduating from college, he decided to pursue his art full time while studying in Munich, Germany. Returning to the United States he pursued formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Daniel’s professional art career began as an illustrator. He also was a member of the original faculty at City Center Academy in Philadelphia, where he taught studio art and art history classes. At the same time he started The Graphics Guild, a printmaking studio. He is also a published book illustrator: And God Said and Surviving College Successfully.
Since 1981 he has also worked in graphic design and marketing communications as a designer, director and consultant for numerous companies, and operating his own firm. His creative work spans multiple media in those roles.
In 2009 he founded Riedel Decorative Finishing Company to create unique artistic expressions on the surfaces of his clients’ living and work spaces.
Daniel’s work encompasses fine art commissions and independent projects; murals—traditional, trompe l’oeil and abstract styles; high-end decorative finishing and architectural coatings.
He is currently founding an artistic community that sells art and artistic merchandise to benefit Charities and Ministries that are dedicated to meeting human spiritual, physical and material needs worldwide.
To learn more about Daniel Hill Riedel and his work, please visit:

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