Tuesday, February 1, 5:00-7:00pm EST
(Oils, Advanced Beginners and up)
In this class session we will do painting exercises to gain an understanding of tree shapes, with the goal being to spark ideas for larger works! I find these exercises very helpful during winter months in the studio - easier to try new ideas on this small scale, and am finding that visual memory gets pulled into the experience as well.
Choose colors, surface, and brushes you're comfortable with. We want to get "in the zone" while creating these studies, and a big part of that is not needing to think about your materials.
Before class, I encourage you to take at least 2 images of trees you find interesting (I think you'll want more!) to have available during the session (in addition to the 6 provided)
Materials: Painting surfaces laid out with a grid of 3 ½" squares, and 3"x4" rectangles Prep at least eight little squares and/or rectangles. Black acrylic paint will work well for the grid lines.
Oil colors: Use what you're comfortable with!
Kari will have this palette of colors: White, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon (cool yellow), Cadmium Yellow Medium (warm yellow), Pyrrole Orange, Naphthol Red (warm red), Quinacridone Red (cool red), Indanthrene Blue, Ultramarine Blue
mineral spirits, paper towels, reference photos printed out
Brushes: use your favorites, Kari will have an array of synthetic long and short flats
Click here to view/download the reference image for class!
Bio: 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 York 2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers Plein Air 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
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