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Painting the Abstract Landscape - 1 Day Workshop

  • Still Life Studio 82 Elm St. Portland United States (map)
Painting the Abstract Landscape
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This class is FULL. Please contact us to be put on a short waiting list in case a spot opens up. And make sure to join our mailing list to be the first to see new class announcements.


This workshop will help you loosen up and experiment with new approaches to abstract or semi-abstract landscape painting. All work will be done in the studio using photographs as reference. 

  • learn new strategies of editing, abstraction, and bold paint application

  • watch demonstrations to help you get started

  • have plenty of time to paint and try different techniques

  • leave with several small completed paintings

Come with an open mind and a desire to free yourself from overwhelming details or attachment to realism. Instruction will be accessible to both newer and more experienced painters. Ages 14 and up.

Supply list below. Those without supplies may borrow them from the studio for a $15 fee.

*This class requires 5 students to run (minimum met), with a maximum of 10 students. Please sign up as far in advance as possible to help ensure that the class runs and that your spot is reserved. 

Instructor: Adria Moynihan Rusk, artist/owner of Still Life Studio

SUPPLY LIST (bring or borrow)

Acrylic* Paint: (suggested palette, but bring what you have)
Titanium White
1 Cool Yellow: Hansa yellow light or Cadmium lemon
1 Warm Yellow: Cadmium yellow medium
1 Warm Red: Cadmium red light
1 Cool Red: Quinacridone magenta or Alizarin Crimson
1 Warm Blue: Ultramarine blue
1 Cool Blue: Cerulean blue, cyan, or phthalo blue
Recommended acrylic brands: Golden Heavy Body, Utrecht Artist Paints, Liquitex Professional, Winsor & Newton Artist Paints.

Brushes: a small selection (3-4) in good condition. Bigger brushes are highly encouraged (size 6+)
Palette knife approx. 3” diamond or teardrop shape (or your favorite shape)
Palette of your choice (at least 9x12). I suggest 9x12 disposable paper sheets, or the Sta-Wet palette
Water container (salsa jar is good, I have extras)
Rags or Paper Towels
Pencil and eraser (I have extras)
Unstretched canvas will be provided. For more finished looking work, feel free to bring 2-3 small painting panels of your choice (stretched canvas or hardboard is fine), under 8x10 inches. Square or rectangle is fine.
Bring a few images to work from (simple is best) or choose from a selection at the studio. 

*Those who prefer oil paints may use them. The demonstrations will be in acrylic, but the exercises will translate in either medium. Please bring only linseed/walnut oil as your medium (no mineral spirits, liquin or other mediums), and a way to transport wet paintings (they can’t be left at the studio).

If you have any questions about the workshop or the supply list please contact me

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