Oil Painting Landscapes with Water, Reflection, Depth & Transparency
w/ Mike Wise

This workshop is full. Please call the gallery to sign up on the waiting list. We often fill last-minute cancellations from the waiting list. 425.697.2787

Date/Time: Fri-Sun / January 19-21, 2018 / 10:30-6:00pm

Cost: $385

Location: ArtWorks  in Edmonds - a lovely, large space with plenty of parking places! 200 Dayton St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Landscapes come alive when water and all of its beauty is introduced into the scene. Master Impressionist, Mike Wise will share his amazing techniques to create transparent water, reflective lakes and ponds with lily pads floating on the surface.

From blue sky reflected on the surface of a still lake, to boulders and fallen logs under shallow water, near the shore, capturing the combination of transparency with reflection can be a challenging task for any painter. With Mike’s encouraging and generous approach to instruction, students of a variety of levels will follow along with Mike’s step by step method, learning how to lay on paint, using palette knife and brush to build texture and create realistic effects with an impressionist style.

Geared to experienced beginners to intermediate and advanced students, this workshop will show you how to create believable water and shorelines, how to change the values to capture the reality of a fallen log, half-submerged at the edge of a mountain lake; or the stillness of deep water with lily pads floating on the surface. Mike will also demonstrate how to introduce water as subordinate design elements to direct and balance the picture, such as puddles or a flooded field.

Mike is a naturally gifted teacher, and the students of his previous workshop have raved about him, several of them saying he was “the best instructor they had ever had”! The word is out about this excellent instructor, and we anticipate this workshop filling quickly, so if you are interested don’t delay – sign up today!

Mike will be providing a variety photos for students to paint from for this class.  He wants students to be able to focus on learning his painting technique for this class., as opposed to designing composition.

Supply List:

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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 ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Oil Colors: Good quality professional brand such as Gamblin or M. Graham.
Note: Mike is enthusiastic about Graham paints. If you would like them, ARTspot can order them providing they have ample notice.

Required colors:

  • Mixed White (titanium/zinc)

  • Titanium White

  • Cad Yellow Light

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cad Red Light

  • Alizarin Crimson

  • Venetian Red

  • Transparent Earth Red

  • Viridian (if unable to find, substitute Phthalo green)

  • French Ultramarine

  • Manganese Blue or Mang Blue Hue

Suggested, optional colors (Mike uses the rest of these regularly, however not all will be needed for the class):

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  • Zinc White and/or Flake White

  • Cad Lemon Yellow

  • Cad Yellow Deep

  • Cad Red Medium

  • Phthalo Emerald

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Dioxozine purple


  • Alykd or other medium such as Galkyd or Neomegilp (note: no stinky mediums or solvents allowed)

  • Odorless Mineral Spirits, such as Gamsol, in cleaning tank

Brushes, etc:

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  • 2 Hog Bristle flat brushes in sizes 6 & 8 (these are long-handled brushes)

  • 3 synthetic filbert brushes sizes 4, 6 & 8 (these are also the long-handled brushes)

  • 1 smallish Rigger or liner brush for details (this is a short-handled brush)

  • 2 Painting Knives, small and medium sizes

  • Silicone shaper - 1/4" tip (ARTspot has these)

Panels or stretched canvas:

  • 3 or more good quality canvas panels* in a medium weave - 12x16, such as Fredrix Pro 12oz cotton archival canvas board - Available art ARTspot!

IMPORTANT: Make sure your canvases have a good priming - either buy a nice canvas panel such as Fredrix Pro or Source Tek (which are highly pre-primed) or, if you select a different brand, make sure they have an additional coat of gesso for the priming. (Priming allows the paint to adhere to the surface.)

*Note on Mike's choice of Source Tek canvas panels: these are artist quality linen panels. This superior surface quality is one way that Mike is able to get the results he wants. These are available online, but he also likes the Fredrix Pro line.


  • Easel – standing or table. ArtWorks has easels which you can borrow.

  • Palette - your choice

  • Paper towels

  • Brush cleaner

  • Brush cleaning tank - good sized, such as ArtSpot's Mona Lisa tank by Speedball, or Art Alternatives stainless tank.

  • Surgical or Exam gloves (Mike also uses his fingers to blend with) **We have standard sizes at the Studio if you don't have gloves available.

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.