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Color and Light in the Cape Summer Landscape with Christie Scheele

September 9 @ 9:30 am 1:30 pm

Monday-Wednesday, September 9-11, 9:30am-1:30pm

3 sessions | $300 for members, $330 for non-members

Contemplating all of the possibilities of summer color, this studio workshop will inspire students to explore fleeting moments of weather and light, as well as the classic blue sky + green ground of a bright and sunny summer day.

These possibilities could include the deepest indigo dusk or a late, cool red sunset. For an early sunset, learn how to create a sky that graduates up from reds to salmon colors to a creamy off-white to blue without any greens within the transition. You can submerge yourself in a quiet misty/rainy day with radiant whites and soft greens; or create storms that sweep across the sky over shorelines, marshes or sea. Emphasis will be on Cape summer light and color.

The workshop will include discussion of monochromatic, analogous and complementary color and the dramatic use of value contrast and saturated color as well as the subtleties of tones and shades. Dynamic compositions are also a requisite part of the whole, inviting the viewer’s eye to move around the painting, savoring shapes, color, and detail. On the narrative side we will discuss the sense of place and mood suggested by possible photo references and integrate intentions into formal decision-making, bearing in mind that the success of the painting, wherever that leads us, is the goal.


A full-time artist living in the Catskill Mountains, Christie Scheele is represented nationally by numerous galleries, including the Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown. Her minimalist, atmospheric landscapes are in hundreds of museum, corporate, and private collections nationwide and abroad, have been featured in movies and magazines, and have been reviewed with enthusiasm wherever she has exhibited. 

She has been coming to Cape Cod since childhood and painting marshes and sea imagery for 25 years, observing, “My version of minimalism is about shape and atmospherics. I paint not just the light, but the air itself, and how these affect the edges and colors of the scenes depicted.” As a teacher, Scheele shares both her particular painting techniques and her eclectic taste and enthusiasm for the wider art world, contemporary and historical. Encouraging a meditative approach to landscape painting that also includes rigorous examination of composition, color, and mood, her major focus is on the joy of process.

Website: christiescheele.com

Christie Scheele, Approach with Big Sky, Oil on linen, 36 x 24 inches