October 19th, 5:00-7:00pm Eastern (Advanced Beginners and up)
Join Kari on her western travels! In this session we will be painting a scene from Southern California... you will be able to see a live view of the scene while Kari is painting, as well as get an image to print out. She will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. During this session, we will be discussing ways to establish an accurate sense of PLACE in your work.
Kari is also the recent winner of 1st place, Honorable mention, AND Artists Choice Award from the Monuments and Canyons Plein Air Invitational, Grand Junction CO.
- rigid painting panel with white surface - we will be toning during class, have several dimensions you're comfortable with on hand
- oil paint colors: White, Cadmium Yellow Lemon (cool yellow), Yellow Ochre (warm yellow), Pyrrole Orange (warm red), Quinacridone Red (cool red), Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
- brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats
- Mineral spirits, paper towels, paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser, and reference photo printed out
Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine ArtPainting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a pictureframing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space atthe boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to theincreased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut intostudio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both of them to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. Kari and Diego now travel the US, capturing thelandscape as they experience it. Awards include Best in show Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in New York2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers PleinAir Festival in Texas 2019, and Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020. Kari's work is held inpublic and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection ofthe Bureau of Land Management in Colorado. On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz On facebook as @KGRuizArt