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Susan Ploughe

Think Before
 You Paint


Friday, Saturday & Sunday
 January 17, 18 & 19, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm



Much of the success of a painting is established before you ever touch brush to canvas or pastel to paper. Taking time to think and plan will result in consistently better work. We will study specific elements that make up a painting and learn how to improve each one. Topics include choosing subject matter, finding a point of view, arranging the elements (composition), developing a strong value structure, enhancing the focal point, making color decisions and many other design principles.

You will do many hands-on exercises that explain and reinforce each principle.


Susan holds a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University. A native of Pennsylvania, she has lived in Lake Zurich, Illinois, for 25 years. After many years of working as an illustrator and graphic designer, she turned to oil painting full time in 2002. Since then, her work has been juried into many respected shows, including the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and she has won awards in the OPA Eastern Regional, Salon International, the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Easton and other exhibits.

Susan's work has appeared in articles in Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist and American Artist magazines. Her paintings are in private and corporate collections around the world, and she paints portraits on commission.

Website:   www.susanploughe.com


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