Plein Air Painting & Foraging at Prairie Birthday Farm

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Prairie Birthday Farm, LLC

13318 Plattsburg Road

Kearney, MO 64060

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Who: Watercolorist Susan Lynn and Farm Steward Linda Hezel

What: Immerse yourself in a prairie-centered farm for a day in this unique workshop, and combine a watercolor plein air painting class with a Farm tour and foraging. The painting portion of the event will be taught by nationally recognized watercolorist Susan Lynn. Linda Hezel, owner of Prairie Birthday Farm, and a nationally recognized Farm Steward, will guide the small group around the Farm to forage and taste.

The morning begins with a painting demonstration by Susan, who will discuss the fundamentals of selecting a view, using a value study to explore composition, and techniques and strategies for painting with watercolor outdoors. “Plein air” is a term coined by the French Impressionists, that means to paint in the open air, essentially to paint the landscape outdoors from life.

Immediately following Susan’s demo, Linda will lead the class on a walking tour of the farm. Students will forage and sample the bounty of the farm to create a lunchtime side salad to compliment the students’ own sack lunch.

After lunch, students will spend the afternoon painting around the farm, with one-on-one instruction from Susan while painting. We will all meet in the farm’s cabin at the end of the day to share and discuss the day’s work.

Prerequisites/requirements: Class size will be limited to 10 students (18 years and older). Class will be canceled by October 11 @ 5 p.m. and refunds provided if fewer than 7 paid ticket holders. The workshop is open to all painting skill levels, from beginner to advanced.

Directions will be provided to paid ticket holders. GPS not accurate for this location. This is a working farm. Uneven surfaces, tall grass and abundant wildlife require closed toed shoes, insect repellant, and casual dress appropriate for the day’s weather.

About the Artist: Susan Lynn

Plein air painting has become an essential part of Susan Lynn’s work over the last 10 years, and she believes strongly that it develops a greater sensitivity to the subtleties of light and the energy of the landscape. Susan’s work is widely collected and is in the permanent art collections of Hallmark Cards, Sprint, and John Deere. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery and the National Agricultural Hall of Fame. She is the subject of a feature article in the June/July 2017 issue of International Artist Magazine, in the June/July 2013 issue of Plein Air Magazine, and is one of 12 women artists featured in the October 2015 issue of Southwest Art Magazine. Susan is a signature member of American Women Artists, Outdoor Painters Society, the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, the Kansas Watercolor Society, and the Missouri Watercolor Society. To view Susan’s work, visit www.susanlynnwatercolors.com.

About the Farm Steward & Farm: Linda Hezel

Linda is a nurse, educator, and farm steward, having received a master’s degree in community health nursing and a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction. She believes that growing and eating nutrient dense, organic food and teaching others to do the same is a fundamental nursing practice and necessary for health. Beginning in 1993, Linda and her family, have nurtured what was once a small, degraded property into a thriving farm. Through her efforts to reconstruct native prairie, reintroduce other native plants, promote biodiversity, practice ecologically based farming, and resurrect a regional, food-based heritage the land continues progress to a resilient ecosystem. The Farm products and experiences include: flowers (36+), fruit (25+), herbs (40+), and vegetables (15+); native plants: 140+ (forbs, grasses, bushes, vines & trees). Together they yield: fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, honey, and art: photographs & tablescapes, research, information & experience, ecosystem services, aesthetic wealth, and nature “bathing”. Linda’s work has been recognized in the New York Times, Feast Magazine and TV, the Kansas City Star, NPR Going There, Northland Lifestyle and more. She sells to over 25 Kansas City restaurants and area residents.

What to bring: Sack lunch, paints, painting surface, and equipment.

Required supply list:

1. A lightweight easel or a lap board for your paper. If you plan to sit to paint, bring a portable stool or chair.

2. Cold pressed watercolor paper, either 140# or 300#, cut to size - 1/4 sheet (11" x 15") or 1/8" sheet (7.5" x 11”). Watercolor blocks are also an acceptable option.

3. Brushes - a #10 Round and a 3/4" Oval Wash are suggested. Silver brand “Black Velvet” series, or equivalent.

4. Paints - a selection of 2 blues, 2 reds, and 2 yellows:

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Cadmium Red Light

either Alizarine Crimson or Quinacridone Rose

either Yellow Ochre or Quinacridone Gold

either Aureolin Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light

5. A palette - a small, plastic watercolor palette that folds shut works great.

6. Misc. supplies - A water bucket (16 oz. +), water, paper towels, a roll of drafting or

painters tape, 4B pencil, kneaded eraser, and a small sketchbook.

7. For your comfort and safety, we strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, water to drink, and bug repellant.


About the painting portion of the day, contact Susan Lynn at (816) 803-9244 or email at workshops@susanlynnwatercolors.com

About the Farm & tour, or ticketing information, contact Linda Hezel at (816) 560-7878, flavor@prairiebirthdayfarm.com, www.prairiebirthdayfarm.com

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