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Plein Air Watercolor painting with Carl Purcell
$250 | 2-Day Workshop:
Thurs. September 30 & Fri. October 1, 2021

Please note that workshops take place both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Course Description: This course will teach you how to simplify the landscape into patterns of shapes that will produce stronger paintings. You will learn how to select the details that will enhance the shapes, and how to edit out distracting details so the focus remains on your main area of dominance.

Materials needed: We will be working both indoors and outdoors so bring your outdoor gear such as camp chair, easel, hat, sunscreen, water etc.

 For this class you will need 3 to 4 sheets of watercolor paper for each day. Quarter sheet is fine, or half sheet depending on your preference. I prefer to use either 140 lb Arches rough, or 300 lb Arches rough. I like the way the water flows on this surface. I use almost exclusively Daniel Smith professional tube colors for their permanence and transparent qualities.The colors I recommend for this area are:

  • Quinacridone Sienna

  • Transparent Pyrol Orange

  • Yellow Ochre

  •  New Gamboge

  •  Quinacridone red

  • Carbazole Violet

  • Manganese Blue Hue

  • Horizon Blue

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Sap Green

Your brushes should include a good 1/2 inch flat brush, a pointed round #12 and a pointed round #4 or 6. Loew-Cornell makes excellent rounds and the points are fine. If your rounds have worn out points you should get new ones. You should also have paper towels, camp stool, umbrella and water container.

You are welcome to use whatever watercolor paints and brushes you are comfortable with. Bring 4 quarter sheets (11 x 15) of good quality 100% cotton paper such as Arches 140lb cold press.

Carl Purcell Bio: Carl completed his undergraduate work at Utah State University and Arizona State University. Following military service he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree at Brigham Young University. From the onset his emphasis was drawing and painting, especially watercolor.

Mr. Purcell is the author of the watercolor paint book, "Painting With Your Artist's Brain" and "Drawing With Your Artist's Brain". In addition to being an author Carl has featured in many publications and magazines.

Carl taught painting and drawing at Snow College in central Utah for 30 years. It was this experience that led to him writing two books and teaching many workshops. Early in his teaching career he developed his own program for teaching drawing' a program that identified the most common problems people face when learning to draw, explained the reason for the problems, and the showed the students how to access the functions of the brain that would help them overcome those problems and be able to draw withe greater accuracy and facility.

Carl is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and was given honor member status in the Utah Watercolor Society for his contributions in the state. His work hangs in numerous private collections, corporate collections, and museums. He is often asked to jury watercolor exhibits and was a juror for the 2009 National Watercolor Society's annual exhibit in 2019. Learn more by visiting Carl's website. 

Keep in mind, you may be in the field most of the day. You will want to bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and shade if possible!

Class size is limited, sign up now!

Carl Purcell
Jim Wodark
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Plein Air Oil Painting with Jim Wodark
$475 | 3-Day Workshop:
Thurs. September 30 - Sat. October 2, 2021

Please note that workshops take place both indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.

Course Description: 

Do you struggle with ugly paintings. Are you full of excitement when you start a painting, only to get depressed at the end because the painting seems to fall apart? How do you communicate your vision and joy effectively in your painting? It all starts with Composition, The most important part of painting! Learn how to compose better paintings! Come join Jim Wodark in beautiful Moab, Utah and see how to strengthen the design of you paintings so that they look more like what you intended. Discover several ways to compose a painting as well as how to use values, color, edges, line and shape to direct the viewer in your painting. The course will be a combination of studio and Plein Air painting using and honing the skills and techniques Jim presents.

The course is a 3 day workshop with Jim Wodark. He will discuss and demonstrate several ways to compose landscape paintings. Jim will go step by step and show you how to compose successfully, as well as how to use the tools of painting, Values, color, edges, line, shape, to guide your eye through the painting. 

The more you understand these ideas and methods, the better your painting will reflect the story and emotion that you wish to communicate. 

Materials needed:

Jim Uses:

•Prolific Easel and a SlickF740 tripod

• Raymar Single Oil Primed

• Classens 15 linen panels

• Raymar Panel Carrier

• Rosemary’s Brushes. All flats #4, #6, #8 and a rigor brush

•Palette Knives Creative Mark (I use a square one #46T and a triangle small one #19T)

• I use a sketch book and a Faber Castell india ink pen.

•Gamsol Paints: 

Cadmium Yellow Medium Indian Yellow Cadmium Red Light Quinacridone Red Ultramarine Blue Manganese Blue Cremnitz White (optional) or Flake white Titanium White

•Gamsol odorless turpentine

•Brush washer

•Paper Towels

•Viva 1-2-3

•Trash Bag


•Hat & Appropriate clothing



Click HERE for Links to Materials

Jim Wodark Bio: 

Jim Wodark is an award-winning plein air artist who was born and raised in Colorado. Throughout childhood, his parents, both artistic in their own right, were incredibly encouraging of his creativity but drew the line (so to speak) when he filled his 2nd-grade teacher's shoes with paint. He went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado and attempted to fulfill his passion for art by taking an art class each semester. After several years of working corporate jobs, and trying to fit art around his schedule, it occurred to him that he either was or was not an artist. Luckily for his many fans and patrons, he chose the former.


Having dedicated himself to art for the last 30 years and counting, Jim continues to challenge himself creatively by approaching each painting as an opportunity to try something new. "My intention is to paint my masterpiece every time I paint a picture. This gives me a never-ending room to grow and experiment with my art."

Keep in mind, you may be in the field most of the day. You will want to bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and shade if possible!

Class is limited, sign up now!

Shake, Rattle & Roll
Shake, Rattle & Roll w/ Peggy Trigg & Gail Denton
Get new eyes, new ears & more air in your head!
$10 | 1pm-5pm | Monday, October 4, 2021

Yes, you too can release and exchange your tight, controlled, anxious, rule- bound accuracy for seeing shapes (instead of leaves), values (instead of recipes) and passion (instead of cramped fingers). Explore color, shape, composition and energy from a whole new perspective. Shake it up, rattle it around and roll in the ecstasy of fresh insight. Paint like nobody’s watching! 

Step into our office for 4 creativity-shifting hours and leave with better eyesight for your landscape, fresh ears to hear what the painting wants, and more powerful compositions that dance off the canvas. 

Instruction includes 4 mini mixed media lessons based upon trusting your intuition with shape, line and value to create great compositions! Go from complete release of control with loose abstractions to rearranging design elements in your favorite landscape to increase compositional success. 

Fee includes most materials. 

Please bring the following if you have them handy: 

•Either Scissors, Tape or Scissors and Tape (masking, blue, scotch, whatever you have)

•Inspirational reference landscape photos

•Sketch Paper

•Mark-making tools (markers, pencils, sticks)

•Whatever else you want to play with that is solvent free

•Apron, you might get messy! 

The rest of the materials will be provided. 

Peggy Trigg 

Phone: 505-974-5314 


Bio: Peggy is a native New Mexican. She was born in Santa Fe and raised on cattle ranches outside the ghost towns of Cerrillos and Madrid. She spent 22 years teaching students ways to loosen up and to trust their instincts. She works in various material, including acrylic, oils and pastels. Peggy now lives in Questa, NM and spends her days painting the landscapes that surround her.  


Gail Denton 

Phone: 303-530-4014 


Bio: Gail came to plein air painting in 2012 from a rich 20 year background in textiles, natural dyes, natural fibers, weaving, spinning and surface design. Coupling that with a full love of the outdoor life, plein air painting was the natural fit to her new tribe. The Western Landscape compels her brush, impressing urgent melody, wind through branch, sand over rock, snow upon crag, wingbeat slicing cloud. Vast silence, wide space, serene emptiness, commanding distance, stark light, immediate color. 

Bring $10 cash, day-of

Max 15 participants • first-come, first-serve

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