Joe Paquet, “Corner of Kent and Selby,” oil, 24 x 30 in.
Joe Paquet, “Corner of Kent and Selby,” oil, 24 x 30 in.

Contemporary landscape painter Joe Paquet will lead “A Beautiful Beginning: The Art of the Start” pre-convention workshop at the 11th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, May 24th, 2024 in the Great Smoky Mountains. Learn about the convention and this amazing opportunity to learn from Joe in person at – hurry, it’s close to selling out!

“When I was a young student,” Joe said, “Arthur Maynard (a former student of Frank Vincent DuMond) said to me, ‘The better your start is — the closer it will be to a finish.’ It was good advice. I don’t buy into the idea that all paintings must go through an ‘ugly’ stage … It is possible to imply extraordinary elegance and refinement at the block-in stage of your painting and I will show you how.” Learn more about the PACE pre-convention workshop here.

Joe Paquet, “Brutal,” oil, 24 x 30 in.
Joe Paquet, “Brutal,” oil, 24 x 30 in.

Joe Paquet on Winter Landscape Painting en Plein Air

An excerpt from “Embracing the Snowman Withing: Painting Snow” by John Pototschnik, at

Joe Paquet layers up to the point of overheating before going outdoors for a landscape painting session. He too experienced early damage to his hands, so they get cold faster than normal. Despite this, he still wears only a pair of thin gloves, because he needs delicate control of the brush, and he also carries heat packs.

Paquet “prepares” his white paint for winter painting. Joe mixes cold-pressed linseed oil into his lead white before going out. He uses New Traditions half-inch panels mounted with Clausens Linen (Type 15 for large works) and tones the surface prior to painting. He prefers this surface because it never goes slack, the panels are lightweight and very rigid, and the sun doesn’t shine through them. The downside . . . they can become sails in strong winds.

Painting landscapes en plein air
This is Paquet’s account of a plein air experience: “A rough day . . . two hours of hard snow, then wind. True story: A car pulled up behind me to tell me all about how they were studying the Bob Ross technique. I turned to speak with them and a rogue gust of wind took out my easel and palette, butter side down.”

Paquet says he is careful never to rush in order to finish a painting in the field. “Patience is a real virtue. I endeavor to work the whole canvas together in order to find the specific harmony in front of me.”

Landscape paintings by Joe Paquet; join him for the PACE Pre-Convention Workshop, May 20th, 2024
Landscape painting collection of works by Joe Paquet; join him for the PACE Pre-Convention Workshop, May 20th, 2024

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