Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose – Come Catch The Twilight”

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Laura Shepard

Carnation, Lilly, Lilly, Rose – Come Catch The Twilight

Laura Shepard

John Singer Sargent’s plein air masterpiece, about which poems and musical compositions have been written, was completed over the course of two years, 1885-86. In an attempt to catch the twilight and the lamplight, he painted two young girls in white dresses, lighting their lanterns in an English garden on summer evenings at the same time of day. We are going to explore how he did it.

A short talk will be followed by a full day of painting our own version of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Each participant will decide how they want to paint it, representationally or as an abstract, the whole painting or a portion of it. At the end of the day, we will share our paintings, our experience, and what we learned.

Student Levels for this workshop: Though everyone is welcome, participants should understand that this is an unstructured, experiential class. The Instructor will be painting alongside the students.

Supply List:

  • Painting Kit & Surface (panel, canvas, linen)
  • Your preferred setup, Odorless Gamsol, basic good colors, not student grade.

Participants will be provided with a copy of Sargent’s painting or they may wish to bring a laptop computer to work from. Wikipedia has an excellent reference photo of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Four Fun”

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Rain Date, May 27, 2018

Anne Blair Brown, Trey Finney, Marjorie Hicks, Haden Pickel

“Four Fun”

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Four instructors will set up in Haden’s beautiful backyard. Anne Blair Brown, Trey Finney, Marjorie Hicks, and Haden Pickel will join for a day of Demos and Painting. Each instructor will choose a different venue to demo. Participants are invited to come paint along with them or just watch. Opportunities abound as we will offer a figure, a still life, two wonderful porches, and in May the flowers and trees will be lovely. All Plein Air! Four IS for more fun. Watch, learn, and paint along.

Parking will be limited so if possible please try to car-pool. Because this is a private residence please look for an assistant there to direct you where it is best to park.

Student Levels for this workshop: ALL students who have a plein air setup and know how to use it.

Supply List: Your plein air set up and we recommend basic good colors which are best for plein Air…not student grade.

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Plein Air 101”

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Rain Date – June 11, 2018

Carol Demumbrum, Karen Phillpot, Brigitte Hubbard, Sue Catchings

Plein Air 101

Plein Air 101

This workshop is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and would love to capture their surroundings with a brush and paint. Come join others who are excited to learn and ready to paint plein air for the first time. It is not necessary to have had previous painting experience. This is a good time and place to begin!

Upon completion of the class you can/will:

  • Select materials for your next plein air outing.
  • Know the best books to purchase to help you along your journey.
  • Pick out a scene and know how to best compose it.
  • Feel encouraged to start your next plein air painting.

You will also receive an instruction manual describing the basic rules of landscape painting.

Student Levels for This Workshop: Beginner

Supply List:

  • Old Clothes/Apron to paint in
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Hat
  • Notebook for notes
  • Chair if needed while outside

On Track Studios –

Bring your lunch. Refrigerator available if needed.  Grocery is a short drive away.

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Becoming Professional Redux!”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Kim Barrick

Becoming Professional Redux!

Becoming Professional Redux!

The wildly popular half-day class is back this Spring.  Bring a pen, lots of paper and your inquiring mind for this lively stroll into the business of making art.

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels

Your supply list: Pen and notepad

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Capturing A Likeness”

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Jim Himsworth

Capturing a Likeness

Capturing a Likeness

There are four necessities for achieving a successful portrait painting: recording a likeness, capturing a persona, creating a work of art and, when working professionally, pleasing the client. This workshop will focus on the first: Capturing a Likeness! Learn Jim’s method of seeing, and then recording, accurate values, colors (temperature), shapes, angles, proportions and edges while avoiding features. Coincidentally and paradoxically, this method, if faithfully executed, inevitably produces a likeness.

Levels for This Workshop: All Levels

Supply List:

Recommended or suggested Oil Colors:  (in order from left to right on palette)

  • Cadmium Lemon (W+N)
  • Cadmium Yellow (W+N)
  • Yellow Ochre (G)
  • Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt)
  • Cadmium Orange (W+N)
  • Cadmium Red (W+N))
  • Perylene Red (G)
  • Permanent Rose (W+N)
  • Alizarin Crimson (W+N)
  • Quinacridone Magenta (G)
  • Dioxazine Purple (G or W+N)
  • Ultramarine Blue (W+N)
  • Cerulean Blue (W+N or G)
  • Viridian  (W+N)
  • Phthalo Green (G)
  • Permanent Green Light (G)
  • Ivory Black (optional) (G or W+N)
  • Titanium White (120 ml)  (W+N)


  • Winsor and Newton = (W+N)
  • Gamblin = (G)


  • Silver Brush Grand Prix Brand (recommended).
  •  Bristle Filberts #2, #4 and #6  (at least three of each).

Paint Rags

  • Viva Paper Towels (recommended)
  • Please bring a plastic trash bag to dispose of soiled rags/towels.


At least one Acrylic or oil primed canvas or panel (linen is also acceptable). Size may range from 11” x 14” up to 20” x 26”.

A completely dry, toned canvas is preferred, but white is acceptable.

To Prepare canvas tone mix:   (if using an acrylic ground, toning with acrylic or oil paints is fine. If the ground is oil based, use only oil colors to mix the tone.)

2 parts Ultramarine Blue

1 parts Burnt Umber

8 parts White

The result should be a medium-light blue gray tone (aucasian flesh value) , similar to Pantone 401U (Ask art store salesperson for Pantone sample.).

Apply tone thinly, yet opaquely, to white primed canvas or substrate.


Must be ODORLESS thinner such as Gamsol, Turpenoid or Turpenoid Natural.

Additional Supplies

  • Palette knife.
  • Resealable metal container for odorless thinner (for brush cleaning).
  • Easel
  • Handheld Mirror

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “One Small Painting A Day/Abstract Flowers”

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Ingrid Derrickson

One Small Painting A Day/Abstract flowers

This class is designed to inspire you to start the process of painting one painting daily using Ingrid’s expertise in Abstract Flowers. This can be from any small still life setup. I paint a daily floral from fresh flowers every day. The benefits are the daily habit, working from life, developing free and easy brush strokes, and of course, refining the ability to see and mix color, shape, and value.

Student Levels for This Workshop: All Levels

Supply List:

Acrylic, heavy body paints, such as Liquitex or Golden brand


  • Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent
  • Cadmium Red Medium or Napthol Red
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Phthalo Blue (green shade)
  • Ultramarine Blue (green shade)
  • Titanium White
  • Quinacridone Magenta 
  • Masonite/Hardboard panels. 6”x6”, quantity 5.
  • Available at
  • Approximately .75 cents each 
  • Windsor and Newton University Bright #8 and #12


  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle for water with fine mister
  • View Catcher
  • Utility spotlight from hardware store, such as Lowe’s. Approximately 
$12.00. A valuable tool in the studio for use with still lifes. A great purchase!
  • 50-watt spot Halogen light bulb, Sylvania. A strong, bright, clean light is essential.
  • Empty container for washing brushes
  • Disposable paper palette, white
  • Easel, tabletop or freestanding 
I will provide vases, flowers and colored tissue for background color.

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Luminous Skys”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jo Ridge Kelley

Luminous Skies


Luminous Skies

Plein air workshop focusing on capturing luminosity in your skies.  Mixing luscious grays, creating great cloud formation, design, and atmosphere, including tips for capturing vibrant light, will be demonstrated.  Use of palette knife and large brushes and even your fingers to express yourself will be the highlight of this exciting workshop on skies. The palette knife and brushes will be demonstrated for a loose, more expressive capture as well as a more traditional approach to painting clouds.

Student Levels for this workshop: All Levels Welcome

Supply List:
  • Oil colors- 2 each of primaries – warm and cool plus white
  • On my palette:  ( mostly Gamblin brand)
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue Or Windsor Blue-green shade
  • Cad red medium
  • Quinacridone red
  • Cad lemon
  • Cad yellow medium
  • Titanium white
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Blue light (Rembrandt)
  • Burnt sienna
  • Cad orange
  • Perm Alizarin Crimson
  • Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt)
  • Transparent Orange
  • Odorless mineral spirits/brush washer
  • Viva paper towels
  • Small trowel type palette knife
  • Flat hog bristle brushes #4 #8 #12 (Utrecht brand series 209 is good affordable brush)
  • Small round sable type brush
  • Rigger or script brush
  • Pencil or old ballpoint pen
  • Canvas or canvas panels – 2, approx. 12×16 – 20×20 or 12×24 (I use Raymar linen panels for travel and gallery wrap canvas for local outdoor work) Your choice!
  • Wet panel carrier (or a way to transport wet canvas)
  • Plein air type easel- I use Open box M for small panels and my French easel for larger canvas- even up to very wide, elongated Canvases.
  • Palette (if applicable)
  • Tote or backpack
  • Sketchbook, graphite or charcoal
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Umbrella
  • Portable Stool/chair
  • Hand wipes
  • Lunch and snacks!

Paint Your Heart Out Workshop – “Capturing the Mood of the Landscape”

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Kay Keyes Farrar

Capturing the Mood of the Landscape

Capturing the Mood of the Landscape
Capturing the Mood of the Landscape

Energizing the mood of your paintings with color harmony, painterly brushwork and compositional design.

Student Levels for this workshop: Beginner to Intermediate


Will be provided before the workshop.