Mind Vacation Plein Air Workshop

“Hot vs. Cool”

With Amber Palmer MA, MFT

1430 Esplanade, Suite 15, Chico, CA  95926


Opening doors to creativity * Enhancing self-esteem * Relaxation

Stress reduction * Painting as a meditation * Photography * Sketching

Group & Individual Instruction and Encouragement


Summer is here! It is time to “cool down” with shades of cool colors and dark shades while incorporating a pop of hot. Understanding how to maneuver the contrasts of warm and cool hues can instantly give your paintings a sense of harmony. Throughout this workshop we will focus on 2 different paintings or studies – one hot and one cool. We will either be focusing on natural landscapes or veggies and flowers from the garden and will have practice drills on developing values, shadows, and intensity! Let us make our paintings sizzle as we integrate blues, oranges, and other complementary colors throughout our compositions - creating not only a sense of harmony, but also vibrancy. All levels of painters are welcome. Lunch will be provided.

Saturday, July 24th

9am – 4pm: Workshop

Lunch 12pm - 1pm.

$40.00 + $8 supply fee


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Las Vegas Plein Air Workshop

Lian Quan Zhen

postponed until April 21 to 24, 2022

First day: April 21 
8:30am: Meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Drive to Red Spring at Calico Basin Rd Las Vegas, NV 89161. Sketch.
12:30pm: lunch at Bonnie Spring Ranch. address: 16395 Bonnie Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124
2pm: sketch at Bonnie’s Spring Ranch or at the Red Rock Canyon Overlook. Address: 3205 NV-159, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Dinner at Lina’s home (including in the fee)

Second day: April 22
8:00am: Meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Drive to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and sketch in the park
12:30pm: Lunch (bring your own lunch)
2pm: sketch
6:30pm: dinner at Veggie House (popular Chinese vegetarian restaurant): address: 5115 Spring Mountain Rd #203, Las Vegas, NV 89146. Optional.

Third day: April 23 
8:10am: meet at 168 Market’s food court and have Dim Sum breakfast. address: 3459 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Driving for about one hour 10 minutes to the Valley of Fire State Park. address: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 8904 and sketch in the park
1:00pm: lunch provided by Lian.
2pm: sketching.

Fourth day: April 24 
9am: meet at front of Albertsons store, address: 11720 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Drive Red Rock Canyon. Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161.
Sketch at the Calico Hill South area
Noon: lunch inside of the park (bring your own lunch)
2pm: sketch at Pine Creek Trailhead area.

Schedule and locations may change according to the weather. Sketching materials will be sent to registered students.

For registration contact: Amber Palmer
Tel: (530) 899-8401
Email: amberpmft@sbcglobal.net