This is a reminder that the Patrick Michael Reeves’ monthly plein air class has re opened! We are returning to the beautiful Prairie Creek Park on February 1st where Patrick will give a morning demo and afterwards will work with student’s painting of the beautiful waterfall scene in the attached image. All skill levels are welcomed! Coffee, water, and breakfast snack will be provided.
For those of you interested in signing up the class fee is an even $45 which may be paypal’d to Pam@dutchartgallery.net or you may call the gallery during hours of operation with a cc# at 214-348-7350
LOCATION: There is on-street parking right next to the falls which is about 50 yards from the street.
2580 Prairie Creek Dr W Richardson, TX 75080
• Portable easel
• Canvas/panel Recommended size: aprox 8×10″ to 12×16″. Gessoed panels are great for oils.
• Paints. I will be working and demonstrating in oils. Most stores have starter sets that will have all the colors needed.
• Palette: wood with a nice patina or plexiglass.
• Painting medium: optional. A variety exist to improve the flow of your paints. Follow the fat-over-lean principle for long-lasting paintings.
• Solvent to clean brushes (odorless mineral spirits)
• Brushes: I use Princeton Oil Brushes filberts #2 or #4, Round #2 or #4 and a flat 1 inch. You can bring your favorite brushes too.
• Palette knife: I use a thin diamond-shaped knife, about 2″ long x .5″ wide.
• Paper Towels
• Hat to shade from the sun’s glare
• Small trash bag for soiled towels
• Insect repellent
• Folding chair if needed
• Snack, bottled water
• Sense of humor
Patrick Michael Reeves was born in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1974 and raised in South Texas. Having grown up both next to South Padre Island and the U.S./Mexico Border, he had an affinity for the ocean and wide landscapes. Throughout his life, Patrick has always been fascinated by the Impressionists and how they combine abstract shapes to form representational imagery. At an early age he found mentors inside and outside of school to further his aptitude. He studied painting and life drawing with Karl Umlauf at Baylor University in 1996 where he received a BFA in Graphic Design.
After completing his degree, Reeves moved to Dallas and worked as a designer for Fossil watches. Over the next years Patrick worked as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Fashion Designer for various companies, including Abercrombie & Fitch, GAP, Express and was ultimately the Creative Director at Dakine in California.
It was there in California where he began to rediscover the love he had for fine art painting and began to further his education in this field. Reeves began to study with noted Western landscape painter Frank Serrano and Dreamworks Studio artist Mike Hernandez. Patrick found a unique group of “plein air” artists in Southern California that shared a lot of his impressionistic thoughts an ideas and began to paint the Southern and Northern California coastlines.
Reeves has just recently returned to his native Texas, with his family, leaving the corporate life behind and transitioning into painting full-time. He loves travel and painting and has gained a following on social media which has lead to several commissions globally.