Paint A Series: Contemporary Acrylics w/ Tracy Felix

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Sorry, this workshop has been canceled.

COST: $125

This class is being offered back to back with "Abstract Self Portrait" on Sunday. If you want to paint with Tracy for two days, the cost is $225 for both days. 


Sometimes we get in the habit of creating one painting at a time. Tracy says, “I used to do this and was amazed at the difference when I started rotating canvases during painting sessions. Not only did my productivity increase, but the real advantage was how much my work progressed. Another great benefit was that my paintings showed so well together in groupings and art show settings. I am excited to share these techniques with you so you can move your work forward as well. I promise this is super fun and satisfying!”

Tracy will get you going on several paintings that are created simultaneously to make a cohesive series. Choose to work in a size that is manageable for you, but she recommends 5x5, 6x6, 10x10 or 8x10s. These sizes are fun, unintimidating and perfect to use as gifts.

You will focus on a non-representational style to free you up to focus on texture and color. You can even try a few super easy image transfers and play with color and texture across as many canvases you want to work on. Bring your own photos, buttons memorabilia to personalize your work if desired. Extra bonus: you will be able to add a touch of beeswax at the end of class to your paintings.


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.

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

I ENCOURAGE experimentation, so a variety of supplies is welcome. I strongly encourage you to use artist quality paints - I use Golden paints as the pigments are pure and bright. 

You can use a rectangular Tupperware type container with lid or can purchase a sealing palette for acrylics to keep paints from drying out. We recommend the Artelier Airtight Peel-Off Palette.


  • Quantity of 5 or six of: 4x4, 5x5, 5x7, 6x6, 10x10 or 8x10s or similar size stretched canvas, MDF panel, birch cradle board or canvas board
  • Start with a quantity of three or four all the same size, but you can purchase extras during class as you see how it is going. You may find ideas coming up that you want to keep going with!

Assortment of Acrylic Paints - Bring what you have. These colors are not specific requirements, just a guide as to what Tracy uses - Golden Acrylic Tube colors. Any color that appeals to you personally is a good color for you!  Fluid or Heavy Body (the kind in tubes) are fine!


  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow light
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Primary Magenta or Alizarin Crimson
  • Cerulean Blue or Pthalo Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Umber
  • Yellow Ochre or Raw Sienna
  • Black 
  • Some of Tracy's favorites are: Buff or Unbleached White, Burnt Sienna, Dioxazine Purple, Green Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange… 
  • Remember - Any color that inspires you is a good color!
  • OR ... a 6, 8, or 12 tube set would work well. (Get the artist grade, not the student grade. There is a difference!)

Optional additions (more of Tracy's favorites):

  • One 1 oz Fluid acrylic paint color of your choice – optional if you want to try
  • One Pebeo fantasy paint color of your choice – optional if you want to try
  • One Jacquard Mica Powder color of your choice – optional if you want to try

Gel medium - required
Use this to collage, or stretch out the coverage of your paints.  Could try an Acrylic Heavy Gel Medium – glossy 8 Oz OR two 4 oz – one regular gel and one heavy gel

  • Optional: add molding paste if you want to add stenciling texture effects.

Variety of ACRYLIC Bristol Brushes:

  • Example: #2 Round, #2-6 Flat, #8 Filbert, #12 Flat
  • Plus bring any brushes you want to experiment with

One flat sided metal palette knife


  • Collage materials, ephemera, etc.
  • Items you could embed in paintings that have something to do with an interest area of yours, especially anything that incorporates your personality:  journal page or letter, photo, favorite poem, sketches, paintings on canvas or watercolor paper, interesting papers….

Also useful to have on hand:

  • sharpie marker
  • spray water bottle
  • paper towels
  • apron or old shirt


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 the day of class! Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service! (To ensure your order is filled, please order as early as possible.) We also have a variety of art supplies relevant to your class here at Cole Art Studio.