• 18 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 86 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL, 32320
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    Composing an Atmospheric Plein Air Painting

    Meet Kathleen Hudson on Water Street in front of the HCA (Center for History, Culture and Art), 86 Water Street (between Avenues D and E). There is adequate parking along Water Street. The workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 18, starting at 9 am. $95 per person, register online.

    Bring a sack lunch or plan to lunch at one of the great cafes in Apalachicola.

    This plein air landscape workshop will feature a presentation and full painting demonstration in the morning. Afternoons will be devoted to exercises for students focusing on value & composition en plein air with one-on-one instruction.  Points of study will include:

    ·Seeing as an artist: painting light rather than objects

    ·Planning your painting: envisioning your painting, using what you see & what you know, honing value and design, doing thumbnail sketches and/or color studies

    ·Stages of painting: drawing, block-in, color mixing, approaches to working a larger painting, refining texture & edges, tools for self-critique

    ·Experimentation: exercises you can do at home to continue your growth as an artist

    Supply List

    The full list of gear I use can be found here for those interested. You can bring what you're comfortable with within the parameters below!

    • Paints: bring your typical palette that you're comfortable with. If you want to try out what I use, I paint with Michael Harding paints. The ultramarine blue is fantastic, and Indian Yellow and Magenta are a couple of transparent colors that some folks haven't used before that do beautifully in mixes. My full list of paints I use can be found here.
    • Brushes: I use Rosemary brushes, mostly Ivory Curved Flats (sizes 6,8,10) and Classic bristle filberts (sizes 6, 8, 10). I like to start with their Mundy mops (3/4" is versatile).
    • Plein Air Easel (I'm not picky on the type, but practice setting it up beforehand if it's new)
    • Folding chair if desired
    • Several smaller panels for color studies (5x7, 6x6, 8x8 up to 9x12, or else a subdivided 12x16). I use Centurion oil-primed linen, but Blick and Senso panels are good as well. The canvas panels from a craft store are fine for this too.
    • One midsize panel to scale up if time permits  (11x14, 12 x 12, 12x16)
    • sketchbook, pencil, blending stomp (or tortillon), mirror
    • Sunscreen, bug spray, hat, water, etc.
    • 18 Mar 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe
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    The workshop, March 18, starting at 9 am. $95 per person, register online. Please meet Mark at The Joe, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe. 

    “Painting the Effects of Natural Light by the Sea” - Light does so many interesting things as it moves from the sky to cast shadows on the landscape. Learning what light does is one secret to bringing a painting to life. Mark Shasha will demonstrate his latest techniques for creating dramatic light and the sense of texture near the shoreline.”


    Cadmium Yellow Medium 
    Lemon Yellow
    Yellow Ochre
    Cadmium Orange
    Permanent Green
    Ultramarine Blue
    Cobalt Blue
    Phthalo Blue 
    Cadmium Red Light
    Alizarin Crimson
    Transparent Red Oxide
    Titanium White
    Raw Umber
    Raw Sienna
    Naples Yellow


    You will need an outdoor painting easel or pochade box. A French easel is fine. There are many kinds. I use the “M Box” pochade with a tripod.

    -       Odorless Turpentine (Sansodor, Gamsol or Turpenoid clear) and a small cup or container. Don’t use the green Turpenoid.

    -       A clear painting gel medium (liquin impasto or Gamblin)

    -       An assortment of large and small brushes.

    -       Palette knife

    -       Paper Towels - Viva won’t unspool in the wind.

    -       A value scale (shows white, black and the grays in between)

    -       A small grey-toned sketchpad with a black charcoal pencil, a white charcoal pencil and a kneeded eraser for making thumbnail sketches.

    -       A few panels (9x12, 8x10, 11x14) I recommend oil-primed.

    -       Sourcetek, Raymar and Centurian are good brands but avoid cheap ones. Also avoid the smooth surface gessobords unless you know how to use them. Paint tends to slip around on the slick coating.

    -       Viewfinder. I like “the Viewcatcher”, but use whatever works for you.




    - BUG SPRAY with DEET – Cutter seems to work best for me.


    - SENSE OF HUMOR – outdoor painting can be challenging.


    - Medium sized color shaper (it has rubber-tip, looks like a large eraser)

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