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Contemporary Painting Series
Luminous Oils: Color Field Painting
w/ Tracy Felix

Date/Time: Saturday-Sunday / May 5-6, 2018 / 10:30-5pm

Cost: $250

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

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

What is color field painting? It is a thoughtful way of filling your canvas with non-representational color areas. This style of painting was developed in the 50's and 60's. Tracy fell in love with this style when she saw a Marc Rothko exhibit at the age of 14. She has been painting in this style for many years, and wants to share this beautiful technique. This class is designed to give an understanding of color harmony and composition. When you get beautiful colors working together, these paintings can sing.

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This class is a great way to get started in contemporary oil painting even if you have never painted before, or for those with some experience who would like some guidance on how to get started in a non-representational style of painting. Workshop includes a power point presentation looking at the work of Richard Diebenkorn and Marc Rothko for understanding and inspiration of color field painting. Students will learn how to plan out their colors and compositions with thumbnail sketches and color studies and may be asked to work on those prior to coming to class on Sunday.

This class promises to be a super upbeat, empowering and supportive workshop experience.

To learn more about this instructor, click here.

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 Paint
Required: Artist’s paints. Paints by Gamblin, Graham, or Williamsburg are recommended. If you already have a selection of colors, bring what you have. Tracy can review your colors with you at the beginning of class. You can always pop over to ARTspot to pick up additional colors as you need them.
“Cheap” student grade paints are not allowed in this class!

A complete set of colors should include the following:
Basics: (Colors that end in “hue” are fine)

  • Titanium White
  • Cool Yellow such as: Cadmium Yellow Light, Hansa Light, Lemon Yellow or Azo
  • Warm Yellow such as Cadmium Yellow Medium, or Hansa  Medium
  • Cool Red such as: Quinacridone Magenta
  • Warm Red such as: Cadmium Red or Napthol Red Light
  • Light Cool Blue such as: Cerulean, Magnanese Blue or Magnanese Blue Hue
  • Dark Cool Blue such as: Phthalo or Cobalt
  • Warm Blue: Ultramarine Blue or Anthraquinone (these mix towards the violets)
  • Burnt Umber
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
  • Any Black

Optional Additions: (some of my favorites)

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  • Buff White
  • Burnt Sienna or Burnt Umber
  • Dioxazine Purple  
  • Green Gold

Any color that inspires you is a good color!

Required Supports:
For Day One: One 16x20 or 18x24 stretched canvas. Your choice of 1.5” or 3/4” depth.
For Day Two: One larger stretched canvas, no smaller than 18x24. Your choice of 1.5” or 3/4” depth.
Note: It is wise to get the deeper “gallery” depth in heavy weight cotton when buying larger size canvases. They are stout and much easier to paint on.

Required Mediums and associated items for oil painters:

  • 16 or 32 oz. Gamsol. You will be filling a small spray bottle with Gamsol and also using it to clean your brushes.
  • Small spray bottle filled with Gamsol. Choose one that has an adjustable nozzle.
  • Brush tank - glass or metal container to hold Gamsol.
  • Optional: Mastersons or Richeson brush cleaning soap

Brushes: A variety of brushes. Bring what you already have.

  • At least one flat or filbert brush that is 1” wide. (size 12 or 14)
  • At least one flat or filbert brush that is ½ to 3/4” wide. (Size 8

Tracy prefers the Connoisseur Synthetic Mongoose, Connoisseur 2100 burgundy handled brushes, and the Princeton Catalyst Polytip Synthetic Bristles. If you go to ARTspot, try them out and see which level appeals to you. Some are softer and some are stiffer.
(Plus bring any brushes you want to experiment with, or to ask Tracy questions about how to use them)


  • Metal Palette Knife approx. 3” long blade

Palette: Student choice.
Tracy uses the Mijello Palette with a snap tight lid (can use with oil or acrylics). It reliably saves paint to reuse again!
A disposable paper palette, perhaps a tupperware container with a flat bottom to contain paper palette to keep paints from drying out overnight.
There is also a beautiful system using a New Wave flat palette that fits inside a Masterson airtight container.  


  • Sharpie, pen and/or drawing pencil to sketch and make notes with
  • Sketchbook for notes and making “thumbnail’ sketches - your choice
  • Set of color pencils OR chisel tip or brush markers to create color sketches
  • Paper Towels or blue shop towels
  • Apron or old shirt
  • Large cloth to lay in car to transport wet oil painting

Cole Studio Supplies:

  • Latex or Nitrile gloves
  • Light Snacks

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.