Sorry…closed! Kevin Beers Kevin Beers


Kevin clearly loves painting Maine…this is from Monhegan…

We have recently claimed him as a full time local resident…he has been doing some local painting and teaching since he arrived, and has fallen in love with the area!

 This class is all about painting landscapes on location! You already know how to put down paint…Kevin will help you further train your eyes to see and capture the true colors of nature. Under his guidance you’ll refine your ability notice graphic compositions within complex scenes, making the view less daunting to capture on canvas and laying the foundation for strong paintings. Color mixing info will enhance your ability to state in paint what you see. As you practice during the week, you’ll become more adept at getting on canvas what you want to say about what you’re looking at. You’ll leave with a habit of seeing that will carry over in your daily lives, so that even during mundane routines, you’ll notice color and design all around you. There are “paintings” everywhere waiting for you to make them!

Kevin will offer demos and also lectures (he loves to talk about art) using quotes from his favorite artists to support his ideas and whose work has influenced his… Robert Henri’s Art Spirit  for example, was a formative work for Kevin in regard to what painting means to him and how he approaches it. He’ll hold group critiques, it being fun and informative to share different thoughts about the work done so far, and make plenty of opportunity to talk individually with you about what you hope to achieve and how to do that. And, you’ll have ample free time to paint on your own!

And Kevin’s Artist’s Statement:

“I don’t believe in long-winded manifestos. The paintings can speak for themselves more honestly than anything I could say. I will say that I only paint things for which I have a strong emotional attraction . I am drawn to certain subjects that I return to again and again. I have always been fascinated by cars and trucks. Like many young boys, they were my introduction to drawing. As an adult I returned to that first love, drawn back to them by the anthropormorphic qualities I find in these faded, cast off relics. 

I’m also drawn to plein air painting. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, an area with a rich history of landscape painting. The artists of the Hudson River School, the first school of American painting, worked in my backyard. I have since expanded my stomping grounds to include Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Maine also prominent in the history of American art.  Edward Hopper, Robert Henri, George Bellows, Rockwell Kent and The Wyeths have painted here. A tiny island of rugged rock with dramatic headlands and crashing surf, it provides an intense experience of nature. 

A recent trip to Arizona opened my eyes to an entirely new palette. For someone who had only painted in the Northeast (and Europe) it was an adjustment to paint landscape where cadmium orange was the predominant color. The vibrancy of the orange rocks is set off by saturated cobalt skies. The starkness of vast empty space is quite impactful. And of course you can find the abandoned rotting cars and trucks that bring me back to where I started. There, I’ve given you a rough idea of what my paintings are all about. The only thing left to tell you is that I am affiliated with True North Gallery in Kennebunkport Maine. as well as The Lupine Gallery, Monhegan Island, Maine.”

More from Kevin: “I would like to share my thoughts on painting as formed over years of study and practice. As a student I studied with many different teachers and was taught numerous different and often contradictory approaches. There are so many ways to approach painting as is demonstrated by the work of our history of great artists. I enjoyed hearing so many different approaches because it made me realize that there is no one way and it made me feel free to pick and chose what I heard and find my own way. For me the most important thing is training your eye not just to look but to see. Truly see. I love to dig deep and find out what the colors really are of a subject I’m studying. I find that a terrific benefit of that is that you train your eyes to really look  and you find yourself looking all the time not just when painting and you have the gift of seeing truly seeing the world. I love to find myself surprised in my daily comings and goings by what I see around me. 

 I use Rembrandt paints. I like the colors and the consistency of the paint.  I use a palette that comes from my years of painting where I adopted new colors at the same time I dropped others. For instance I used to use various greens but found that I like to mix my greens with yellows and blues because i find it gives me a greater variety. Green seems to me to have the greatest variety of any color. I love looking at all its variations. I start painting by drawing my composition in with ultramarine blue deep thinned with Terpenoid. I then mix five or six basic colors that represent the basic colors seen. I mix them very carefully and compare them to the scene constantly adjusting. I then block in big shapes in those colors and having done that I begin to adjust the colors and to refine the drawing- starting from big shapes and then going to smaller and smaller ones.  The initial composition is very important to me. I like it to be big graphic shapes almost like a silkscreen print. That is the foundation

For me the most important thing is to look. Training your eye to really look in a fresh way. If you really train you eye to look you will find that it affects not just your painting but your view of the world and you will see the world around you in a new way, beautiful color relationships, beautiful arrangements and design.”

Some General Class Information

  • Most classes will be limited to a maximum of 16 to allow for optimal individual attention; do make sure your instructor knows where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!
  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt.
  • You will get a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about a month before the class. The first day, the Studio will open early…we will make sure you know the time!
  • If you will need mediums or other supplies/equipment, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship things ahead. Ask for address!
  • Classes usually run M-F, between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 total/day, but sometimes we start earlier or end later…or both!
  • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along.
  • We always have a lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting.
  • The plan for the day is weather-dependent and usually decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or each morning!
  • Our Studio is large with good light; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It is possible to paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!
  • There is ample free parking at the Studio, which is within easy walking distance of downtown.
  • We carpool (or sometimes walk) to painting sites, most of which have shade and at the least, a porta potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we often caravan. Please do NOT depend on your GPS unless we give the Go Ahead…It is often wrong!
  • Each class has an experienced Monitor who is your Go-To person for any problems or needs…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!
  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint!
  • For Lodging and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.
  • Cancelation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)
  • And be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!