Online Classes

This week in the studio…

… I am finalizing lesson plans for the next online class that begins next week Thursday, May 2nd. This class is all about learning how to make dynamic paintings by highlighting the important color passages with lesson on:

  • How glowing color is supported with partnering grays
  • How to get the most out of your darks
  • How to use different whites for subtle but powerful results
  • How to make color pulsate with simultaneous contrast.

This class also includes an extra pre-class lesson and assignment, Using the Color Wheel to Establish Your Paint Palette (which is available for free on my website). I am offering this extra class because knowing the color wheel intimately will help in making the most of the lessons in this upcoming class.


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…I am re-working this painting for an exhibition next month at the Workhouse Arts Center, where I am a featured artist and will have 8-12 still-life paintings on display in the Vulcan Gallery of Building 16.

The reception will be held on the second Saturday of May, May 11th from 6 to 9pm.

And to find out more about the upcoming online class, Color Luminosity with Neutrals, Darks, and Lights, visit the webpage, or register now for the 4-week class, May 2, 2013 to May 29, 2013.

Thanks, Liz

Establishing the Artist's Color Palette

color wheel with forsythia blooms It is the vibrancy and richness of color that inspired me to start painting with oils.  I love how some passages of paint just seem to shimmer before my eyes, enhancing  my experience of the objects in the painting.

When I first started painting with oils, I was overwhelmed by the multitude of color choices and how I would often end up with a “muddy” or discordant color scheme, but when I began to focus on mastering the practical applications of color theory and how this influenced the paints I choose to use, my work began to have the harmony and saturated colors I was striving for.

It was during this time that I began to learn about the actual properties of the different paint pigments, armed with this additional information, I began to develop some color exercises as a means to better understand and learn the ins and outs of color mixing and how to develop my own color palette of paints.  As I grew in understanding of how different paint colors would mix together, exploration and mixing color became a pleasure.  I want to share this same sense of discovery and understanding with others, and this is why I developed a series of online classes dedicated to focus only on paint handling and color exploration.

The first class starts next week, and we are going to dive into how to apply the practical aspects of color theory to building an artist’s color palette that works for you.

The goal of the first class is to give you a solid understanding of how to adapt the concepts of color theory that focus on “ideal and perfect color” with the realities of the color pigments oil painters have to work with when establishing the color palette they work with.

As a class, we will explore different color palettes used by artists, from a limited palette to a bursting with choices colorist palette.  Lessons and exercises are designed to help you gain the knowledge and experience to apply color and paint mixtures with ease, enabling your creativity the freedom of expression.

If you work full-time or are just unable to enroll in a painting class that requires attendance, this class is for you.  You study at your own schedule, check in to the private class blog when it is convenient for you, and receive positive and helpful critiques of your paintings.

Register for Color Theory & Building an Artist’s Color Palette

$150 for 4-week online class




Following this class on color theory and building your color palette, four more classes are scheduled to dive into more specific areas of color and paint handling.  With each 4-week class designed to really focus on a specific lessons and techniques.  The other classes are:

Color Luminosity with Neutrals, Darks, and Lights

Versatility of Warm and Cool Color Transitions

Utilizing Color as a Part of Composition

Designing Composition with Color, Value, Pattern, and Rhythm

The Importance of Mastering Painting Fundamentals

Mastering-Painting-Fundamentals When I first started painting with oil in late 2006, I struggled with trying to understand and apply everything about the medium all at once, but when I switched my mindset from having to focus on everything to narrowing my attention to mastering one fundamental of painting at a time, things really began to take off for me.

Before that time, each painting experience had the potential of becoming emotionally discouraging and also a disaster in outcome, you know, making a bunch of mud. And in the beginning, the time I had to devote to learning to paint was precious, because I was still working as a full-time architect and I needed each painting opportunity to be a productive and meaningful experience.

Because I was searching for a way to make each painting experience more enjoyable and to have a plan that would help me feel that I was moving forward, I used my lunch breaks to read, research, and map out a course of action. It was during one of these mid-day breaks that I developed a method of self-study that would focus on the main painting fundamentals. Focusing on one aspect of painting at a time, and to work on that technique until I began to feel comfortable with it, and then I would move onto another aspect, constantly spiraling up, getting better and better with each painting session.

I read a lot of books, painted my way into many corners, and overall wished there was something out there that I could use as a guide, but there wasn't anything I could find. This is why I have developed an online class about Mastering Painting Fundamentals. A guide to help those who also want to master the main aspects of oil painting within the limited time they may have.

If you work full-time, or just have other commitments that make it impossible for you to enroll in a physical painting class, this class is for you.  You can study at your own schedule, check in to the private online blog when it works for you, and receive positive and helpful critiques of your paintings.

Individual artistic growth is the goal of this class.

Class starts in a few weeks on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Mastering Painting Fundamentals Buy now via Paypal $150 March 7, 2013 to April 3, 2013

The goal of creating art is to effectively express the idea of the artist, and this is more able to be conveyed if the artist is knowledgeable and comfortable with the fundamentals of design and composition.

This class is designed to help you create strong and distinct paintings by exploring and using basic design fundamentals. Participants study basic composition types, values, color temperature, and edge quality. Assignments given each week will investigate each topic. Students will work from their own still life and landscape references. Some previous oil painting experience is helpful, but not necessary.