kimberly plein air

Kimberley Plein Air Workshop


  • August 5th with Jim Robertson
  • August 6 & 7th with Doug Swinton

Location: Kimberley, BC


  • $90 for August 5th (includes lunch)
  • $195 for August 6 & 7th (includes two lunches)


Grasp the bigger picture!  Attain skills that will build confidence and allow you to put boldness in your outdoor work!  We will spend 2 days learning the 5 dominant fundamentals needed to approach plein air painting. Through quick small studies (4 a day) you will gain the skill needed to put some punch in your on location work:  Composition, Landing a Centre of Interest, Value, Patterning, and Temperature Control.   Come swing a big brush with confidence!

Registration and Supply List are available at the Kimberley Arts Council Website,



About the Instructors

Doug Swinton

Doug Swinton is an established artist and teacher whose drawings and paintings may be found in several BC and Alberta art galleries.   Doug also co-owns Swinton’s Art Supply, Instruction & Framing, where for sixteen years he has taught “more about Art than [he] ever thought possible.”  Although Doug “never intended to make art a career, it just kept happening.”  Doug’s landscape paintings of prairies or mountains are notable for their “slathering of thick viscid paint” and the “sensual and visceral” feelings which they convey to his viewers.  Doug is a skilled art workshop presenter and is always exploring new directions like “the ever elusive leopard [that] slips away and changes its spots.”

Jim Roberston

Brush in hand, the rest of the world just fades away. Jim Robertson draws on inspiration from the past, the present, but mostly from life itself, from which exciting shapes and colour take form.  Jim interprets subject matter spontaneously, impulsively and loosely with a love of negative space and dramatic use of colour. Born on the west coast of Canada, Jim Roberts formal training includes Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver Film School, and numerous artist led workshops. He currently paints full time in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia.