Capturing Wooden Boats and Stunning Water Reflections in Oil
w/ Luke J. Tornatzky

We're sorry. This workshop has been canceled.

Date/Time: Sat-Sun / July 29-30 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $250

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

If you want to learn to paint realistic water, reflections, and eye-popping wooden boats that look so real you feel like you could reach out and touch them, you have come to the right workshop! In vivid reds, bold blues and sunny yellows, paintings of colorful, vibrant boats are what this artist is known for – and in this two-day workshop, that is what you’ll learn to paint!

“Like with most things worth doing, there is more than one way to get where you want to go,” says Luke. Over the years of trying to create realistic effects in oil paint, he has settled on a great method that works well for him, and he is pleased to share that knowledge with you in this workshop.

Luke is mostly a "wet on we" painter, and he will guide you through the challenges and rewards of this exciting painting style. This workshop will cover paint choices, how to extend the drying time, how to set up your studio, grounds (board or canvas), brush care and more. Other things he will cover are painting water and reflections, breaking it down to its elements. Once you know understand these, you can paint realistic looking water in all its moods.

Luke says, “We will be working from photos of boats and reflections that I will supply. Most of these photos I have worked from and I think they have what it takes to inspire and illustrate the goal of this workshop.” You’ll learn about how to select a great photo, how to take a great photo, and what to seek and what to avoid.

More of Luke’s work can be seen at Cole Gallery and at

Shown below is the instructor’s step by step approach in creating a painting. The painting shown is "In Belle's Shadow", 40x30 in.

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

Oil Colors – Good quality professional brand such as Gamblin. These are the colors Luke keeps on his palette, and suggests for this class:

  • Titanium white
  • Zinc white
  • Lemon yellow
  • Cadmium yellow
  • Cadmium orange
  • Indian yellow
  • yellow ochre
  • Cadmium red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Green Lake
  • Sap green
  • Cobalt blue
  • Ultramarine blue

Suggested, optional colors:

  • Various Quinacridone colors
  • Phthalo blue
  • Phthalo green

Thinner: Odorless Mineral Spirits, such as Gamsol (Please – no stinky mediums or solvents are allowed.)

Medium: Linseed oil, clove oil.  (“This is something you should have. I buy it at my food co-op in half ounce bottles. It lasts a long time and slows drying a lot.”)

*Acrylic artists are encouraged to use retarding medium and/or mix in open acrylics to extend drying time.

Brushes: Long handled. Luke uses and suggests:

  • Rounds: #4, 6, 8 (“I like them to be rather soft”)
  • Filberts: #12, 16 (“My current favorites are Princeton Art & brush Co. 6600 series.”)
  • Palette knife

Palette: Disposable gray palette.

*Luke uses a glass palette, with the back painted a neutral color, along with a glass scraper. Since this is difficult to carry and bring to a class situation, we suggest a disposable palette.

Support: 2 supports, 12x16 *

*Luke paints on gessoed Gator board because of the smooth texture. (“Feel free to use canvas if you like it.”)


  • Easels- a small easel is fine. Cole has several easels; call to reserve one. Luke will be using an outdoor painting setup.
  • Clean up – Paper Towels (Luke prefers to use old rags. (“Sweatshirt material is best - you'll never go back to paper towels.”)
  • Images: Luke will supply a couple different images to paint from that will be good to convey the ideas he will teach. If you prefer, you may bring your own, but keep the images simple. (“You don't want your painting to fail because of drawing difficulties. One challenge at a time.”)
  • Vine charcoal for layout

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.