Thursday, Jan 27, 5:00-7:00pm EST
Oils, advanced beginners and up.
In this class session we will be painting from a still life of Kari's design, filled with interesting northeastern winter flora! It will include a metal object, teasel, various seed heads, and a bit of evergreen. She will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. During this session, we will be discussing things to consider when designing a still life, including the use of negative space and color harmony.
Rigid Painting Panel with white surface we will be toning during class, have several dimensions you're comfortable with on hand
Oil Colors: White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon (cool yellow), Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm yellow), Naphthol Red (warm red), Quinacridone Red (cool red), Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
Mineral spirits, paper towels, brushes: an array of synthetic long and short, paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser
Reference photo printed out *reference photo will be sent via email the day of the class!*
About the Artist
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, Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020, and Grand PrizeMonuments And Canyons Plein Air Colorado in 2021. Kari's work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection of the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.
On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz
On Facebook as @KGRuizArt