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Our painting workshop group of eight oil, acrylic and pastel painters were from all over the state of California and as far away as Tennessee. It was great fun! The last day of the workshop, we painted at Hendry‘s Beach on the Santa Barbara, California coast. Our plein air paintings were bright and colorful and full of passion. We painted all morning, then treated ourselves to a great lunch at The Boathouse Beach Restaurant, a few steps from our easels. The first two days seemed to be warm-up get-to-know-your-tools then on the third day amazing things happened with all painters. I hope you will all be back next year. You can see my favorite Soltec easel, and my other favorite Julian French Easel, full box in this photo. The “full box,” means wider drawer, which is perfect for my palette to sit upon and be directly below my painting. Kathleen Elsey painting workshops are offered in Santa Barbara, California, Sonoma, California and New Mexico.
Come prepared to loosen up, paint bold and create paintings full of your own spirit and if you don’t have your own spirit, we’ll find it! You’ll learn more than you want to know about composition, light, color and value. There will be plenty of time There are art stores in all workshop locations so no worries if you forget anything on your supply list. For the Santa Barbara painting workshop, we have Art Essentials (805) 965-5456). Taos painting workshop has Artisan (505 751-0802). The Sonoma painting workshop has Fine Line Art Supplies (707 935-3199).
|My latest favorite brushes for acrylic painting are "Silver Bristlon" from Jerry's artarama. I purchased four brights- #12, 8, 6 and 4. I also like Isabey Isacryl 6562 size number 4, 6 and 10.|
• Titanium white
Oil Paints -- I suggest a basic palette of seven colors. I use Winsor Newton unless otherwise specified.
• Titanium White large tubeOptional supplies to bring:
• Golden retarder in bottle to slow down the fast drying acrylic paints especially for plein air (optional)
You will learn to:
• Get started painting
Rebecca from Canada says about Kathleen Elsey Painting Workshops: "I searched California painting workshops and found plein air and studio painting workshops in California with Kathleen Elsey. Her website was full of color and painting ideas so I joined. That first day that I walked into the Santa Barbara painting studio and the sunlit room was bursting with fresh flowers, cakes and beautiful set ups to paint. I am an advanced painter and learned so much. Trying to get Kathleen Elsey to do some mentoring.
“I am understanding more about the process now after watching you paint aloud. Your spirit and attitude toward painting is contagious. I caught some of it. Thank you so much for your constructive comments. You made me feel like an artist and made me want to keep my sketchbook and camera at hand.”
“Kathleen.....Your workshop was a wonderful experience, especially the demonstrations and your generous sharing of so much information about painting AND marketing.. All of this was really appreciated by ME, a novice painter”
“I am a beginning (very beginning) painter who stumbled upon your website today. There is not one painting in your art that fails to fascinate or call for further study. You and Charles Sovek are an inspiration to anyone who enjoys art and color. Thanks for your website and your inspiring art.” Ted from Georgia
Elaine from Sausalito, California says:
“Thanks for the wonderful three-day Kathleen Elsey Workshop. I am taking a break today, but keep staring at my paintings and thinking of things to do to make them better. You are a wonderful teacher and it is always such a treat to spend the time with you and our fellow painters. We all learn so much not only from you but from one another in the creative environment that you provide for us.” Susan Whisenand from Santa Barbara, after attending the Santa Barbara painting workshop
“I cannot tell you how many times I have reflected on this past weekend with such warm and positive thoughts about our (Kathleen Elsey) painting workshop. Your inspiration and instruction was superb. I feel like I really made so much progress in just 2 days! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience.”
“Thanks for your encouraging words at the Cuyahoga Valley workshop. I have never made such a big painting before and I surprised myself. You have given me the courage to try some small studies on location and work later in larger format in oils. Thanks for being such a patient and gracious teacher.” Cindy
“As for the rougher stuff, aesthetically speaking, Kathleen Elsey’s painting exerts a bold, almost post-Fauvist-meets-funk touch in her work. “Sunlit Room,” for one, flirts with burly Van Gogh effects, with a vivified palette and brusque brushwork. It’s the mightiest and most memorable piece in the room, says this unavoidably subjective observer.”
“Thanks, Kathleen, for your April plein air painting workshop. What a wonderful experience I learned so much, and I’m committed to painting with color at least a little every week. Your paintings, of course, are a great inspiration, and your coaching/teaching style was so instructive and encouraging. Thanks for making my life more colorful.” Marsha Conners
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