As a working artist, my classes and workshops are an extension of the joy and excitement I feel when I create my own art!
I’ll deconstruct the painting process by teaching straightforward, easy to understand lessons. Through direct observation, we will be “Hunter/Gatherer” of values, shapes and colors and learn how to assemble them, expressing your unique artistic voice. You’ll leave this class with the skills needed to take your work to the next level…both outdoors and in the studio.
There will be demos, discussions, handouts, and lots of painting time and individual attention.
Designed for those with some painting experience, classes are limited in number to ensuring one on one instruction time.
Oils are the medium of choice, however much of the content will apply to other media. Contact me with questions.
When you sign up, you will receive a supply list specific to your workshop. Below is a general list of items you might need.
Karen Storm’s Plein Air Workshop
Plein Air Supply List
Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. Any professional grade will do!
Ultramarine Blue or Cobalt Blue
Cadmium Yellow Light
Transparent Red Oxide
Cadmium Red Light
Long handle Flats, Brights, or Filberts are recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes: 2,6,8,10,12 but make sure to include your BIG brushes. A small round is also recommended. Bristle Brushes recommended for canvas panels, but softer synthetic brushes may be better for smoother panels. If in doubt bring a mix of both.
Palette Knife - (preferably with a long angled edge for mixing paint - sometimes called a painting knife or scraper). I also like rubber tipped painting tools.
Panels are recommended over stretched canvas for outdoor painting as the light shines through stretched canvas. Surface can be either canvas (or linen) panels --OR-- primed/sealed or gessoed panels (MDF).** • Recommended sizes between 8x8 and 11x14
Paper Towels and Small trash bags. I prefer the blue shop towels.
Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol and brush cleaning container.
Lightweight Easel - I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (Strada, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.). A Julian French Easel (half-box) is a bit heavy but will also be acceptable. Most Field Easels also require a sturdy tri-pod (camera tripod with a large mounting plate).
Additional Items to Consider
Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)
Dress in layers
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson