Tuesday, May 3, 5:00pm EDT
(Online class, oils, advanced beginners and up)
In this session we will explore the very limited palette used by Swedish artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920) for capturing a figure indoors. Kari will lead students in exercises to better understand how to capture the human face in 2 dimensions, then walk participants through the step by step process of painting this portrait. Along the way, she'll discuss the beauty and versitility of this particular limited palette of colors.
Materials: rigid panel with white, smooth surface we will be toning during class.
Oil colors: White, Yellow, Ochre, Cadmium Red, Ivory, Black.
Brushes: an array of synthetic long and short.
Flats paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser, reference photo printed out,mineral spirits & paper towels.
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 Art Painting 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 Prize Monuments 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