As plein air painting is undertaken outdoors, on location, it makes special demands on the artist. A painting must be completed within a few hours hours, before the light changes. Consequently the paintings must necessarily be small, and the equipment portable.
Over the course of his career Ross has learned to master the skills and techniques of "direct painting" or "alla prima" using either the brush or palette knife, thereby producing work that is rich and painterly.
Using a palette knife effectively, is one of the keys to producing luscious, vibrant landscape paintings in oils.
In demonstrations and workshops Ross shows how to use the palette knife accurately and sensitivly, as an efficient speed painter's tool.