Summer Workshop with John Traynor: Plein Air

Plein Air Painting with John Traynor:

The Atelier at Flowerfield is honored to welcome John Traynor

a third consecutive year for our Atelier Summer Workshop Series.

August 11th - August 13th, 2018

 With a warm and unique touch in painting, celebrated artist John Traynor is the official painter of the US Open, with a successful painting and teaching career that spans Europe and the United States. John specializes in teaching students how to attain an atmospheric landscape using the colors seen in nature.  He concentrates his teaching not on rules but on emphasizing the importances of the basic principles of painting.  Over the three day workshop John will perform frequent demonstrations, and weather permitting, all student painting will be conducted outdoors.  Some of the principles covered are:


• Atmospheric perspective
• Values to create light and shadow
• Progressions to describe the light source
• Organizing light in a painting

John C. Traynor spent his early years in New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, starting at the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.  John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Austria, Israel and many locations across the United States including Hawaii. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Surrounding their home are many gardens that inspire John’s paintings. To learn more about John, click here.




Instructor: John Traynor

Time:  9:00am-4:00 pm

Dates: Saturday, August 11th - Monday, August 13th

Class Length: 3 Days

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Class size: 12





Portable field easel 

Gesso panels or canvas (recommended canvas sizes are 9"x12" and 12”x16) 


Paper towels

Plastic bags for garbage 

Pizza box or other container to bring home possibly ‘wet’ paintings



Bug spray


Recommended Paints

Titanium White 

Ivory Black

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Cadmium Yellow light and medium

Cadmium Red light and medium

Yellow Ochre

Alizarin Crimson

Please feel free to bring any other colors you have or would like


Painting medium

John mixes 1/2-linseed oil with 1/2-Damar varnish and adds (when ready to paint only) some Cobalt Drier

Brush cleaner (Dawn dish soap works well)

Also, he has been using Gamblin Galkyd lite medium