Maria Yadegar has been drawing and painting all her life, but started painting professionally in 2007 as a mural artist. However, following participating in Landscape Artist of the Year as a Wild Card in the summer of 2019, Maria immediately fell in love with painting plein air and you can now usually find her in the rural fields of Hampshire immersed in the landscape. Maria also loves flowers and enjoys trying to capture their delicacy and colours both on location and in the studio.
Maria was shortlisted for the 2022 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition with her landscape ‘West Beach, Hayling’ and longlisted for the Hollybush Painting Prize with ‘Crab Apple Blossom’. She regularly exhibits across Hampshire and Surrey and is an active member of Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society.
Maria says, “I can’t imagine not painting plein air. There is nothing quite like it, I am happiest with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair”.
Further examples of Maria’s work can be found by following the links below:-
Maria will be wearing a lapel microphone to boost her voice, which will help especially when she is working with her back to you.
Marias introduction to the day:-
“The day will comprise:-
A brief introduction to me and my work and why I mainly paint plein air. I will show my equipment and process and then give a short demo. I will explain how I choose a composition when painting plein air and how I set up a still life in the studio. Emphasis on strong composition, tonal values and expressive brushstrokes.
Attendees will then choose their own reference photo and start their own work. I will be on hand for advice and guidance. I will also bring some fresh flowers for inspiration.
Group summary at the end for everyone to view all the work produced and to ask any questions.”
Materials to bring
Please bring your own paints, brushes, palette, medium, cleaning cloth and a canvas or board of your choice (I would suggest either an 8 x 10″ or 10 x 12″) and baby wipes to clean your hands.
Please don’t bring turpentine. Zest-it or other low odour thinner/cleaner only please.
Paint colours I would suggest at least one of each primary colour, burnt sienna and titanium white. You can have additional primary colours and I usually work with a warm and a cool primary colour.
Paint colours I usually have on my palette:
Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Titanium White