january 24-26|  $285

Workshop Description

Discover the roots of a successful painting and how to infuse light into your landscapes. Specific ways to infuse light and atmosphere into your paintings will be demonstrated. We will take the "negatives" you see in your work and learn to turn them into positives, all while creating bright, clear paintings that make a statement and have a clear-cut center of interest which you, the artist, will communicate to the viewer with no guesswork. There will be plenty of individual help.


Colors: (I use these colors; however, you can paint with any reds, yellows and blues)

  • Ultramarine Blue (or French Ultramarine Blue)
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Viridian Green
  • Winsor Lemon (or Cadmium Lemon, Cad Yellow Light or Pale)
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Red Light (or Permanent Red Medium by Rembrandt)
  • Burnt Sienna (Winsor Newton) or Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt)
  • Titanium White (this is what I prefer, but most whites will do)

Optional Colors: (colors I could live without or mix them from the above colors)

  • Terre Verte (Holbein)
  • Raw Umber
  • Asphaltum (Rembrandt or Gamblin)
  • Permanent Green Light (just to spruce up your green mixtures)
  • Thalo Red Rose, Quinacrodone Violet or Permanent Rose (cool reds helpful for flowers, sunsets and for mixing purples - I don't normally use these except for these reasons)

Colors for Light and Atmosphere Workshop:

  • Brilliant Yellow Light (Richeson)
  • Buff Titanium (Daler Rowney)
  • Transparent Orange (Gamblin)

*Note: We will not be using large amounts of the Light and Atmosphere colors and I will be bringing plenty for everyone to borrow - so if you don't have them, you don't have to buy them.

Grumbacher is a good brand for most colors and is reasonably priced. I like Winsor and Newton, Rembrandt, Gamblin, and Holbein. Student grade or “Winton” are not as good.

Canvas: Cotton canvas is fine for class, or canvas panels. Sizes: 9 x 12, 11 x 14, 12 x 16. Canvas panels are very absorbent, so put three coats of gesso on them. I prefer Classens 13 single primed linen, but expensive for a workshop!

*Note: Smaller is preferred so we can get a couple of "starts" and one "finish" each day.

Brushes: Personal Preference. I like Silverstone Grand Prix or Robert Simmons Signet bristle brushes. I use mostly a variety of flats #2-10 and maybe a couple of rounds 6 and 8. Sometimes a soft synthetic or sable is good for blending. I use an old watercolor "rigger" brush for fine lines and tiny branches. I also like Rosemary and Trekell brushes, both mail order from these companies. Rosemary "ivories" are great if you want a couple of soft flat brushes.

Palette: A piece of plexiglass is good, covered with wax paper to carry – or, paper palette with tear-off sheets

Medium: I usually don’t use a medium, but I’ll bring Res-N- Gel for everyone to use. Some mediums, like Liquin, have too much odor to use in a class, so please don't bring. Plastic sack to keep at your easel for your dirty paper towels Sketchbook, Sketch pencil, Eraser for your notes and small thumbnail sketches and line and value studies of your “plan.” Bring a soft pencil for your dark value in your value plan. Also a fine point (not ultra fine) Sharpie marker for notan sketches.

Easel – Bring table easel (preferred if you don't mind sitting to paint) or stand-up easel. There are tables and chairs in the room. Turpenoid or Gamsol by Gamblin (NO REAL TURPENTINE or odorless Paint Thinner, PLEASE!!) You may bring in glass jar with saran between the jar and lid so it won’t leak. The odorless mineral spirits from the hardware store is NOT really odorless.

Paper Towels (I like Viva)

Palette Knife (I use Che Son 810)

Optional: Color wheel, small proportion wheel, surgical gloves

Photos: Try to bring some photos of simple landscapes that you can clearly divide into 3- 5 shapes if you squint. We'll do abstract block-in before we begin each painting. I'll also bring or email some landscapes you can use for light and atmosphere paintings.

Helpful but not necessary: There is an app for iPhones called Value Viewer. It's certainly worth having!

Last But Not Least: A sack lunch if you don’t plan to go out (there is a refrig. and microwave and a couple of places to eat within a very short walking distance) and ALL OF YOUR ENTHUSIASM! We'll be working hard and absorbing a lot!

Good online art catalog stores: Jerry's Artarama, Daniel Smith, Cheap Joe's, and Dick Blick.