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Bear Valley Highlands Workshop April 28-30 2018

Preparing for Plein Air

For acrylic and oil painters with experience working in their medium. Demos will be done in acrylics. Painting on location is enjoyable – but difficult. The painter is faced with many choices from a vast amount of visual information, changing conditions and limited time. Experienced plein air artists have an approach to planning their composition before they paint. Time spent planning can speed the painting process and increases the chance of a successful painting/sketch and make the day enjoyable.

This three day plein air workshop will begin with one day of working together indoors . We will review fundamentals and approaches to planning for strong composition. We will work together from supplied reference material. This will prepare us to better handle the two outdoor days with confidence and enjoyment.

Brian Buckrell

Brian retired from the University of Guelph (veterinary medicine) in 2001 and relocated with his wife Cathy to Comox B.C.. He explored painting for the first time in 2003. In 2005 he began his study with acclaimed artists in Canada and the US. In 2007 he committed to full time study at the Jeffrey Watts Atelier in California, drawing and painting from life. He continues to study with exceptional artists.

He paints full time in oil and acrylics. His interest is the Canadian landscape, including painting on location (plein air).  His work has been described as contemporary impressionism. Brian has won numerous competitions for both his studio and plein air paintings in British Columbia  and in 2016 was honoured to be invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary Invitational Plein Air Competition at the McMichael Gallery (home of the Group of Seven Collection) in Kleinburg Ontario where his painting, McMichael Morning,  was awarded First Place.

Brian’s paintings have been featured in Arabella Magazine, South West Art Magazine and Plein Air Magazine’s Plein Air Today. He is also featured in the North Light Books: The Best of Acrylic Painters, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Testimonials from past students :

” I have to say it was my favourite workshop ever… the perfect blend of “theory and practise”…great summaries and references, great practical tips, evaluation tools, and demos”

“your academic rigour certainly comes through in your teaching and application… very valuable, and as you point out, for those with discipline, hopefully results will come”.

“You have incredible energy, generosity and kindness in your teaching. As a former teacher, I can say with authority that you’re a very exceptional teacher”

“Your class has been a delight, full of energy and encouragement”.

“Your workshop content and the presentations were very thorough and well researched, it must have taken a great deal of time and effort to put these programs together. Great power point and slide show materials, and for any beginner student the information would be invaluable”.


His paintings have sold across Canada, the USA and internationally.

Brian and Cathy share their time between Courtenay BC. (winter)  and Collingwood Ontario (summer). They enjoy travelling between in their RV with Brian painting along the way.

To view Brian’s paintings or for information on his galleries and workshops visit