Paint Clouds in Watercolor with Dale Laitinen at Petroglyphe on March 28

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Paint Clouds in Watercolor with Dale Laitinen at Petroglyphe on March 28


Techniques to Painting Clouds in Watercolor with Dale Laitinen at Petroglyphe

One of the great pleasures of being human is watching the colors, forms and movement in the clouds – an ever-changing canvas of light, shadow and color with an ethereal quality.  Art students enjoy the pleasant studio atmosphere located inside Petroglyphe Gallery, where finished works of art fuel the creative juices of budding artisans. Dale Laitinen will be teaching Techniques to Painting Clouds on Saturday, March 28 at the gallery. Be sure to reserve your spot right away, as space is limited.

Dale Laitinen has been painting for over forty years with thirty five of those in watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and Watercolor West. Dale is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and San Jose State University with a BA in Art with a painting concentration. He is a past juror of many National and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus and many others.

One of the signatures of a Laitinen painting is the long view with the natural forms of the topography being foremost. His works extend to the interaction between structures such as roads, dams, canals, powerhouses, and the natural landscape. In one of these paintings one might find a concrete dam that spans a river canyon, or a highway that cuts through desert sandstone, or a shadow of a bridge that crawls slowly across a red rock wall.

A native of northern Minnesota, Dale has lived, moved, and traveled across the American West and this figures prominently in his work. He now lives and works in Mountain Ranch, California.

March 28    Learn the Techniques to Painting Clouds with Dale Laitinen    10:00 am – 2:30 pm     Open to all levels

Watercolor is the perfect medium to paint skies and clouds. In this one-day class we will paint it all from rain clouds to sunset clouds. Effective skies will make all your landscapes more dramatic. Join us, the sky is the limit. To sign up for this and other workshops call the gallery at 209-286-1387 or visit  Check out our Workshop Schedule, Art Openings and the Fine Art Concert Series dates.

Four Fabulous Concerts are planned for Sunday afternoons featuring local wines and delicious appetizers. Be sure to dial in dinner at the Hotel Leger following the concerts. If you’re coming from out of town, the historic hotel is a great place to stay and dine. Conveniently located just across the street from the gallery, a visit to the hotel, recently featured on Hotel Impossible, will round out your Sierra Foothill adventure.

Petroglyphe offers fine art, jewelry, sculpture, pottery, art glass, cards, prints, Native American flutes and more. Signature gift wrapping is always free. The gallery is located at 8317 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245. Regular gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday 11:30 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday 11:30 – 4:00 pm. Visit us online at or give us a call at 209-286-1387.

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