Kelly Medford, Rome, Italy

Kelly Medford – Sketch and Plein Air workshops in Big Sur

Prize-winning painter from Rome, Italy shares her technique and inspiration in our Big Sur studio.

On February 20-22, 2015 we are welcoming Kelly Medford to Studio One in Big Sur for a workshop and exhibition series. An accomplished painter and teacher residing in Rome, Italy Kelly brings her inspirational technique and style to our Big Sur studio.
You can register for all 3 events at a discounted price, or join us for a single workshop. Each day’s workshop runs 10 am to 4 pm, and  lunch is included.  Registration is limited, so SIGN UP TODAY!


February 20 – 22, 2015 – 10 am – 4 pm

Join us for three days of creativity with Kelly Medford

Studio One-Big Sur, The Village Shops, Big Sur, California
Click for full workshop descriptions -
Day One - Letting It Flow, Watercolor Sketch Techniques
Day Two - Capturing the Moment in Oils – a Day en plein air (day one)
Day Three - Capturing the Moment in Oils – a day en plein air (day two)



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Let it Flow – Basic Techniques for Sketching in Waterconlor

Friday, February 20 – 10-4 (registration includes lunch)
Studio One-Big Sur, The Village Shops, Big Sur, California

This workshop is for all levels of sketchers and painters who love to get out and sketch on location. This workshop will teach you how to add color, life and vibrancy to your sketches with great watercolor techniques

What we’ll cover:

  • Sketching first in pen or pencil
  • How to compose: the essentials and keeping the main idea
  • Going in directly with watercolor
  • Color theory and mixing: keep it simple
  • Process: working back to front
  • Creating depth & vibrancy: keep your whites and get your shadows, working with a clear value scale


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Capturing the Moment – a day en plein air (day one)

Saturday, February 21 – 10-4 (registration includes lunch)
Studio One – Big Sur, The Village Shops, Big Sur, California


Saturday, we will introduce plein air techniques and concepts, and work on location in Big Sur, capturing the fleeting light effects of this majestic landscape.

What you can expect to gain from our day together is a clear and simple working process for capturing a moment in time solely on location.

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Capturing the Moment in Oils: A day en plein air (day two)

Sunday, February 22, 2015 (lunch included with registration)
Studio One – Big Sur, The Village Shops, Big Sur, California
(Acrylic Painters welcome, contact Erin for details)


Sunday, we’ll continue to work on location in Big Sur, capturing the fleeting light effects of this majestic landscape.

What you can expect to gain from our day together is a clear and simple working process for capturing a moment in time solely on location.

Suggested materials list:

  •   Easel with palette that you can easily carry (no paper or plastic palettes only plexi, glass or wood palettes please)
  •   Supports to paint on: Gesso or canvas panels, Arches oil paper, or canvases of varying sizes, minimum 4
  •   Brushes of varying sizes. I use primarily filberts and some brights or flats along with a few smaller sable brushes for finer work in drawing at the beginning or finishing at the end. (2 min of each size, a range between numbers 4-14 or larger, bigger brushes are better)
  •   Palette knife
  •   Air tight (i.e. spill-proof with gasket) brush washer with mineral spirits for cleaning brushes
  •   Wet panel carrier or system for carrying wet paintings
  •   Medium cup if you use medium
  •   Mirror (small pocket sized mirror to look at your work while painting)
  •   Gray scale finder with 3-7 values (optional but very useful)
  •   Hat to protect your eyes and face from the sun
  •   Sunglasses
  •   Sunscreen
  •   Easel umbrella for rain and/or sun (optional)
  • Paper towels or rags for cleaning Bags for trash

Please only bring artist grade paints. NO student or Winton paints as the quality of your work will suffer. Recommended brands include (but are not limited to): Windsor & Newton, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Williamsburg, Michael Harding, Old Holland, Gamblin, Vasari or RGH. I use a double primary palette, meaning a cool and warm of each primary color. Below is a list of the colors on my palette:

  •  Titanium/Zinc White Mix
  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light or medium
  • Cadmium Red Light or Medium
  • Alizarin Crimson or Deep Madder
  • (French) Ultramarine Blue
  • Prussian or Cerulean Blue
  • Transparent Brown Oxide(optional but useful for deep transparent darks)
  • Ivory black (for value studies using just black and white)

 

Kelly Medford, Prize-Winning Plein Air Painter,  Rome, italy
Kelly Medford, Prize-Winning Plein Air Painter, Rome, italy

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