by Ela Zapf
Copied with permission of 'PastelPaper', Pastel
Artists of Hawaii © 2005
Almost heaven, that’s what a weekend at
Kailua Beach painting with Mark Norseth, with
three gourmet meals daily plus accommodation at
a charming beach house turned out to be.
When I received the invitation, I thought how
wonderful it was to be part of a painting retreat
the workshop was intended primarily for oil painters, I signed
up and found
myself in good company with my pastel friends,
Judie Boutá and Fong Ling.
Norseth began with an orientation and
the objectives of the workshop. Each person’s
equipment was checked to make sure it was
appropriate for plein air painting — some of us were first-timers
new easels and had never been out on location.
Mark addressed the elements of composition for plein air painting
provided us with lots of examples of his own artwork along with
of literature on art. Watching Mark’s demonstration with oils
gave us important
keys to understanding seascape painting.
The goal for the weekend was
to sketch the beach and that kept us
busy. Dealing with the changes in
light and color was a big challenge
for most of us. After a few hours
in the sun, most of the group
decided to hang out in the shade.
A delicious chicken sandwich for
lunch and a nap later, we ended up
again on the beach painting until
sunset. An evening barbecue
spun an unforgettable evening in
the backyard of our charming
On the last day, people were already busy painting on location
6:30 a.m.. Everyone was happy, relaxed and suntanned. I still
how quickly the weekend passed. For me, it felt like a short
beautiful Kailua Beach. I really enjoyed painting outdoors
and plan on doing
more in the future.
Thanks, Mark, for your great introduction to plein air painting,
sign me up for next time. And a special thank you to Iris,
us with the most delicious homemade meals.