Plein Air Painting at Leighton Art Centre with Doug Swinton

This summer step out of your studio to become a Plein Air Artist, striving to capture the moment and the incomparable experience of 'being there', in the great outdoors. Through the En Plein Air Workshop Series, the Leighton Art Centre invites beginner and experienced artists to come and practice with a variety of mediums and techniques. 

In this workshop, join us and our invited artist-instructor Doug Swinton and experience that thrill of painting on location with acrylic and oil paint. Throughout the workshop, you will paint many paintings on location. Towards the end of the workshop, participants will engage in a small show and tell. Doug will focus on the process of setting up, composition in plein air painting and filtering out all the un-necessaries.  

Supplies are not included. Please bring your medium of choice – acrylic, oil and even watercolour supplies!  

Audience: This workshop is suitable for beginner and more experienced artists 

Registration cost:  $199 plus GST & Eventbrite Fees*  

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sat, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees  

Registration closes on July 4, 2019 at 9 PM  

Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Please visit  

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I never really intended to make art a career it just keeps happening. Maybe its living in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and being surrounded the spectacular landscape. Maybe it’s that my mom was always in the kitchen painting wicker baskets of bright fruit with Chianti wine bottles, or may it was all the doodles and drawings that adorned each and every page of my math book. But somehow, art has now become my career. 

Since my childhood, drawing and painting have always played an important role in my life. A big part of me never really left kindergarten. I still live for the “Hey Mom, look what I made!” I think exhibiting in galleries is just a bit of an extension of that. And today, besides being an artist 

            How do you describe my art? That’s like trying to hit a moving target. Just when I think it’s going one direction ever elusive leopard slips away and changes its spots. Slathering thick viscid paint on a freshly unwrapped canvas is sensual and venereal. For me it’s always been more about the doing than the end product. It’s like being at a live concert. The energy that comes from the doing is a highly powerful thing. I also get bored very easy so I tend to flit from subject to subject. As J R Tolkien said, “not all that wander are lost”. No matter what the subject, it’s always the same, the most amount of information with the least amount of brushstrokes. 

Canada couldn’t be a better place to live. But for me as an artist, the close proximity of the prairies, foothills and mountains of Alberta makes my home province a never-ending dream. I’ve been lucky, and have painted in many countries, but to me there is still nothing more beautiful than a cold beer and a hot Calgary summer sunset.    

Art is not about a living; it’s living the art. 

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