Spring= en plein air

Sacramento has proved to have some of the best weather year round, in my opinion. Every spring and fall seems to have months of 70 degree weather. Yes - the summers do get hot, but being an Iowa girl, Sacramento's "hot" is really quite nice. With this nice weather rolling in, my Sac friends and I have started to branch out and explore the community with our paints in hand. Just this last week I took my class to a blossoming cherry orchard. We enjoyed an afternoon with bees humming and the scent of floral perfume in the air. 

Earlier that week we painted along the river at William Pond Park. Getting back into the groove of plein air was a bit challenging, but getting to combine two of my favorite things, nature and painting, was spectacular. 

Stay tuned and check back for more of my outdoor painting adventures. There will be many more in the near future. 

Back to Basics - Painting Class

Thursday Jan 30 and Feb 6 I'll be introducing oil painting at Patris Studios, Sacramento. We'll start at 11-3, cost $45 each class. Oils or Acrylics. Quick Demo of process. 


I'll be teaching everyone a simple process to approach still life painting, that they can apply to all paintings. 


Supplies you need for Oil: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber in oil paint (student grade paint works great) brushes, orderless turpenoid and a jar or can for it to go in, linseed oil and small container for it, palette - wooden or use a piece of glass, paper towels, and notebook with pen or pencil. 

Supplies for Acrylic: Ivory Black, Titanium White, Burnt Umber (student grade paint works great), brushes, water dish, plastic palette, fluid painting medium (keeps acrylics from drying too fast) a squirt bottle for water, paper towels, notebook and pen

Brushes (may be your most costly investment, but they will last a long time if taken care of)

Filbert - size 4,6,8,10 

Flat - 4, 6, 8, 10 

Liner - Pick one small skinny size 1 or 2 liner

There will be a lot to choose from I prefer the long handled ones. Choose some synthetic bristle some hog bristle for oil, or all synthetic for acrylic. Utrect usually has good sales, University Art is very helpful…. and both I believe give student discounts. Mention Patris Gallery and Studio. We'll be adding Yellow Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, and venetian Red to our palette in the following weeks. 

Getting Excited For This

Hope you can all make it to my Solo Show - Small California Scenic- December 4-28 , Reception Dec. 14

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