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A Simple Approach to Glowing Cityscapes
in Oil or Acrylic w/ David Marty 

Date/Time: Saturday - Sunday / October 19-20 / 10:30-4:30

Cost: $275

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

Glowing skies, colorful, wet roads lit up with streetlights and headlights, looming buildings fading off into the atmosphere; these are some of the sights we love in urban artwork. But how to capture this seemingly complex subject can be a mystery. How much detail do we put in?  Do we need to be an expert on “perspective”? All these issues can seem daunting for students who want to paint the city - but David Marty has developed a simple step by step method to help every student have success!

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 Starting with a basic city scene, each student will follow along with David as he shows how simple the composition can be, using uncomplicated brush stokes to establish buildings, reflected light on roads and even cars.  David will explore the use of soft, fading edges and wet-into-wet paint to give atmosphere and movement in skies and roads, sharing the secrets of creating the amazing glow that David’s paintings are known for. 
Some basic experience in oil or acrylic is recommended.


Supply list:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class.  Artspot's Web Site

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at

 Paints Recommended - good quality professional brand such as Gamblin or a similar high-quality artist grade paint
Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Light
Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Red Light
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue or Phthalo Blue
Viridian or Phthalo Green
Sap Green
Burnt Sienna

 Note for Oil Painters – As an alternative to purchasing individual paints, you can purchase an oil paint set instead, such as the Gamblin 1980 line or Williamsburg set (or equivalent).
Students new to oil painting will find that this introductory set contains the appropriate colors necessary to begin experimenting.

 For Oil Painters – Mediums (acrylic painters will not need to purchase mediums)

Only odorless Mineral Spirits such as Gamsol by Gamblin and an airtight container

(Note: no stinky mediums or solvents allowed, and no Liquin.)

 Palette - Disposable paper palettes or a wood, plastic or glass palette

Flats and/or Brights - sizes #2, 4, 6, 8
Small Round  - #2

Palette Knifes
1 small (~1 1/4”)
1 larger (~3”) pointed trowel shaped

Canvas Panels
Bring 3-4 canvas panels or stretched canvas ranging from 6x8” to 9x12”

 Misc. Items
Reference photo if you would like to use your own.  Dave will also provide photos.
Portable Easel - Small table top model or free standing model (Cole has a number of these.  Call to reserve one.)
Paper towels
Plastic bags for trash 
Acrylic painters:  bring a spray water bottle and an extender to slow the paint drying time.

Don’t forget something to bring your paintings home in!

Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.

Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at  Artspot's Web Site