Workshop – Color Painting Intensive: Abstraction through Observation

Freshen your brush strokes and liven up your color sense with this workshop.

Students will observe arrangements of color and light (still life with lots of color, flowers) and focus on studying the color and value relationships with very little emphasis on making the subject look like the subject matter.  The purpose is to heighten your ability to observe and recreate color/value relationships and to communicate it in clear, intentional brush strokes.  Each artist will have the opportunity to create several painting studies. 

Materials can be oils, acrylic or gouache + watercolor. Students will bring small to medium size panels – inexpensive ones.  Part of the value of this exercise is to have LOW STAKES to be able to practice freely. 

Class begins with a powerpoint slide talk that includes theory along with interesting examples of the theory in action over many genres and materials.  We will get into the way our eyes work, wave lengths of color as well as additive and subtractive color. 

  • February 27, 28, 29
  • Thursday Intro – 3:00 – 4:30 pm slide talk, discussion and demo
  • Friday and Saturday: Painting 10 am – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • $150 per person – CLASS FULL

Materials List:

Paint – Can be oils, gouache and watercolor or acrylic

  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Indian Yellow
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Perylene Red
  • Naphthol Red
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Any other color you like.


  • Medium – ie. Oleogel, Linseed Oil or other medium of artist’s choice
  • Paper Towels or rags
  • Four to Eight Brushes – long handle, hog bristle flat or filberts, size 4 and 6
  • Two to Four Brushes – long handle, soft round, size 0 and 2
  • Brush Cleaner
  • Palette – optional. I have palettes that can be borrowed.
  • Palette knife
  • Sized Multi-media paper, or cheap small gesso panels, up to size 12″ x 12″, but as small as 5″ x 7″


  • Wet Sponge palette
  • small spray bottle
  • water jar
  • four to eight long handle bristle brushes, size 4 and 6
  • two to four long handle soft round brushes, size 0 and 2
  • Palette Knife for Acrylic paints
  • paper towel
  • Heavy multi-media or watercolor paper

Gouache and Watercolor

  • Students need the full palette, although can intermix watercolor and gouache colors
  • Palette
  • Watercolor brush size medium
  • Watercolor brush size small
  • paper towel
  • Watercolor paper
  • small spray bottle