ONLINE CLASS: Finding Color in your Overcast Landscapes in Oil

DATES: 05/17/2021 - 05/31/2021
PRICE: $180.00

HFriedland-Painting in VeniceArtist’s Statement: “The challenge for me is always to see the world with fresh eyes and respond spontaneously to the beauty before me. It’s possible to lose the impact of my initial vision out of doors due to the continually changing light. For this reason I strive to capture as quickly and accurately as possible the visual sensations that I have of the subject. I study the color relationships and try to note them as best as I can. Back at my studio I use these “on the spot” studies for larger paintings. I also take some photos for additional information, however I’m careful not to copy the photograph (too much information could dilute my first impression). Therefore, I also have to rely on my memory to recall the mood that I wanted to express. Some painters prefer to render a picture tightly to a literal level of finish. However I prefer to paint only enough for the viewer to get a clear vision of what the subject is and suggest the rest. When the painting is viewed close up you can see the many colorful brush strokes, as you step further away the brush strokes disappear and your eye pulls the whole painting together. That is what the magic of painting is about for me. This allows the viewer to use his or her imagination and participate in the painting”.

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Recent Awards and Honors:

Invited to join several prominent Chinese American and American painters to paint and exhibit in China as a cultural art representative from America
Master Status OPAM Honored by Oil Painters of America  
Awards Judge at Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition
Panelist on Group Discussion at American Impressionist Society Show
Second Place and Artists Choice Awards, American Impressionist Society National Show, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland WA.
Demonstrator/Lecturer, Plein Air Convention – Tucson, AZ.
Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America National Show Paint -out
Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America National Show Paint-out
Finalist  – Plein Air Salon –  Dec./Jan. On-line Juried Show
Best of Show Award Signature Division, Oil Painters of America Fall On-line Showcase 
Demonstrator/Lecturer, Plein Air Convention, Main Stage, Monterey CA.  
Finalist, Raymar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition     
Finalist, Raymar 7th Annual Fine Art Competition – April
Best of Show Plein Air Sunset and Animal Painting Awards – Oil Painters of America Salon, Crooked Tree Art Center
William J. Schultz Founder’s Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society 
Finalist, Raymar 6th Annual Fine Art Competition  – November, September, August, July, June and April
Finalist, Raymar 5th Annual Fine Art Competition
Best of Show Landscape, Icons of the West Show
Judges’ Honorable Mention, Salon International –  Greenhouse Gallery
2010, 2009
Jurors Top 50 Award, Salon International – Greenhouse Gallery 
Best of Show Gold Medal National Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America National Show 
2007, 2005
Best of Show for Signature Member, Oil Painters of America, Central Regional Show – Southwind Gallery, Topeka, KS.

Additional Honors

Howard has also been awarded the Best Landscape medal at the “Icons of the West” show at the Dana Gallery in Missoula Montana. He and his wife and their studio in Bozeman Montana have been featured in numerous art magazine articles including the June/July 2015 issue of Plein Air Magazine, Art of the West Magazine and American Artist Studio Edition. Howard has painted, taught and exhibited extensively in numerous states in the U.S. as well as Mexico, France, Italy, England, Spain,  Portugal, Croatia and China. Friedland’s work is featured in many private and corporate collections around the world including museums in China. Howard was invited to join renowned Chinese American artist Zhiwei Tu and several prominent American and Chinese master painters to paint and exhibit large plein air paintings created in China in 2011 and 2014.
In 2019 Howard was invited again to paint in China. This time with a different group of Chinese American and American artists to paint and exhibit in China. The group consisted of 10 plein air painters including Jason Situ, Mian Situ, Calvin Liang, Scott Burdick, Ken Cadwallader, Lin Zheng, Alfred Tse, & Jay Hiangyuan.
He has a teaching DVD, “Painting the Landscape Loosely but Accurately” released this year from Bella Muse Productions. A list of awards and accolades can be provided by email:


Painting in Overcast Locations
This is a 3-part series for oils

So, you arrive at the Plein Air event that you have been waiting months for and check the weather report.  To your horror, you see that it is going to be overcast for the duration.

Bummer, right?  Not necessarily!

Moody overcast lighting can be much easier to handle than full sunlight or partly sunny days.

In fact, “tonalist” painters much prefer to paint in overcast or low lighting situations. Grand Master painter Richard Schmid loved these opportunities and painted absolutely stunning paintings.

In this 3 week class, I will lecture and demonstrate techniques to help you see and paint those beautiful moody darker gray tones as well as pearly lighter gray tints that make a dull gray day come to life and sparkle.

Class Format:

In this 3-part series, Howard will demo setting up and beginning painting the selected scene.  He will be open to questions and comments from the students throughout this demo.  The class will be recorded and sent to each student so they can begin their own painting during the week.  They can paint from the same scene Howard used or their own source material.  Students should email their painting to Howard before the start of the next class for a group critique.  After the critique, in the second class Howard will demonstrate finishing his painting, adding all the special highlights to make the painting come alive.  Students will once again receive the recording from which they can complete their own paintings.  Those should be emailed to Howard for the group critique and discussion in the third class.  If time allows, Howard will continue to discuss how to add drama to your paintings for that ultimate impact.

Class Dates: 3 Mondays,  May 17, 24 & 31

Time:  4pm Eastern Time (That is 3 pm Central time, 2 pm Mountain time and 1 pm Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours, including critique

Price:  $180 for 3 sessions or $70 for a single class.

Fisherman and Friend, oil by Howard Friedland


Springtime in the Rockies, oil painting by Howard Friedland


Morning in Giverny, oil painting by Howard Friedland


Autumn Rhythm, oil painting by Howard Friedland

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.