Sutter Landing

I've had the pleasure of painting plein air numerous times throughout the spring and summer. Many times I'll go out with local Sacramento artist friends to catch some unique spots. Since two rivers run through Sacramento, it only seems fair to paint it. 

Sutter Landing - Oil - 8x10 - $450

Sutter Landing - Oil - 8x10 - $450

A plein air painter really only has a couple hours to capture the scene before the sun changes all the shadows and color. That is one reason why many plein air paintings are smaller in size. This piece is no exception. I painted on an 8x10 panel and completed in about 2 hours. Later I reworked a few areas in the studio. Barricaded by a few rows of trees, Sutter Landing felt like I was in a different city. It was quite and peaceful as geese and ducks accompanied us. 

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.