Tuesday, April 12, 5:00pm EST
(Oils, Advanced Beginner and up)
In this session we will explore an urban landscape at sunset! Kari will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. Along the way, she'll discuss how to use the vertical and horizontal chaos of a busy street scene to your advantage in a painting's composition and brushwork.
Materials: 9x12 ratio painting surface, with white surface we will be toning during class
Oil colors: white, cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light), warm yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), cool red (Quinacridone Red), warm red (Cadmium Red Medium), Ultramarine Blue
Mineral spirits & paper towels
Brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats
Click here to view/download the reference image for class!
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 picture framing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio 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 the landscape 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 in public 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 @kariganoungruizOn facebook as @KGRuizArt