The Placerville Arts Association is pleased to have Mike Bagdonas, a nationally exhibited oil painter, share his expertise, Sunday, July 8 at the monthly meeting at the Placerville Senior Center, 935 Spring St. in Placerville.
This month’s exceptional PAA get-together will be four-fold: the Mother Lode Show “sneak-peek” slide show from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; PAA regular meeting including refreshments from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; alla prima oil landscape demonstration by Bagdonas from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; and critiques of member art by Bagdonas from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
Bagdonas will be demonstrating an alla prima oil landscape painting — sharing his years of experience with the group as he paints. He will finish the painting by the end of his demonstration and it will be immediately framed. the finished painting will be won by a lucky ticket holder at the meeting. The person with the winning ticket will take the painting home. The donation for a ticket is $1 or six for $5 with proceeds going towards PAA art scholarships.
Currently residing in the Sierra Foothills, Bagdonas is a native Californian. He believes that great works of art are painted primarily from life, and takes pride on being able to paint from life quickly and accurately.
Colleagues refer to him as a draftsman in that his renderings are very accurate while his style is impressionistic.
Only a limited number of sign-ups can be taken for Bagdonas’ critiques on a first come, first served basis. One artwork per artist is allowed and there is no charge.
All times are approximate, but the time will pass quickly as the group transitions from one exciting activity to another.
The meeting is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Bagdonas will also be holding a three-day plein air workshop from Sept. 17 to 19 high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at his favorite most picturesque Hope Valley locations.
Artists should prepare for an intensive plein air experience at some of the most beautiful and breath-taking areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at about the 8,000 foot elevation — very little hiking will be involved.
Bagdonas likes to start early, take a two or three hour break mid-day and then continue painting until near sunset.
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced artists interested in honing their painting skills to advance to a higher level. For more details, to reserve a spot, and/or to view a plein air demonstration on Bagdonas’ techniques visit mikebagdonas.com.
Bagdonas’s work can be seen in a number of galleries including: Iron Willow Gallery and the Goldsmith Gallery in Placerville, the Winters Galleries in Carmel, and the Coastside Gallery in Half Moon Bay.
For more information about this meeting visit placervillearts.com.