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Sat, Sep 09



Set Yourself Up for Plein Air Success - Lunch and Learn

Get the run down on what it takes to paint Plein Air with artists Gena Destri and Mike Clark - the perfect prep course for the upcoming Quick Draw and Plein Air Festival in Buda! Lunch included.

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Set Yourself Up for Plein Air Success - Lunch and Learn
Set Yourself Up for Plein Air Success - Lunch and Learn

Time & Location

Sep 09, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Buda, 121 Main St, Buda, TX 78610, USA


About the Event

A Buda Arts Festival Artist Workshop

  • Saturday, September 9th
  • 11am-1pm
  • South Classroom

Join Gena Destri and Mike Clark for a Lunch and Learn workshop designed to set you up for Plein Air painting success - both for your own enjoyment, and in anticipation of the upcoming Buda Arts and Plein Air Festival (Sept. 13th-16th), and the Quick Draw event (Sept. 16th as part of the festival). No previous experience necessary!

(Plein Air according to wikipedia: En plein air (pronounced [ɑ̃ plɛ. n‿ɛʁ]; French for 'outdoors'), or plein-air painting, is the act of painting outdoors.)

In this presentation style workshop, you will learn: 

  • Basic supplies and set up for oil, acrylic and watercolor painting
  • Tips on painting outdoors
  • What to look for to create a good composition
  • Top 3 art principles to keep your painting on track for success
  • Top timed painting tips to set you up for success in next weekend's Quick Draw event!
  • Addressing your fears about Plein Air painting and Quick Draw event participation
  • Q&A

Students will place lunch orders through IMAC at the beginning of the workshop from Parasol in downtown Buda.

Gena Destri is a semi-abstract expressionist landscape painter. Her pieces are color-oriented and intuitive, celebrating nature, humanity, womanhood and growth. Usually, she works from life or photographs to start with, then finishes up from memory. Most of her artwork is completed in acrylic, watercolor, and oils with possible additions of drawing materials. Buda Art Brawl winner 2019 & 2022; Buda Plein Air Festival 2021 Best in Show(1st) & 3rd place winner.

Mike Clark is an Oil Painter that works in a representational style. Although his subjects are diverse, his works are always experiential. Mike's paintings explore the multitude of experiences that make up a human lifespan. It could be a lingering feeling from an island vacation, a landscape painted in plein air from the top of a mountain vista, or a portrait of someone he just met. Painting is the medium he choose to give those feelings space to materialize and be shared. Buda Plein Air Festival 2022 Honorable Mention.


  • Plein air success w/ lunch

    Includes workshop and lunch




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