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Painting Dramatic Sunsets in Oil or Acrylic
w/ David Marty

Date/Time: Sat-Sun / May 19-20 / 10:30-4:30 pm

Cost: $250

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

Location: Cole Art Studio in the downstairs of Cole Gallery.  
107 5th Ave. S., Edmonds

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Everyone loves sunsets! There is something about sunsets that mesmerize us and draw us in. They are fun to paint but can often be challenging. David will share his approach to capturing this beautiful subject matter and its brilliant colors.

The first day, David will demonstrate painting a sunset with clouds and water. He will go step-by-step, working on composition, mixing colors and brushwork.
He will then work with you personally and guide you as you create your own sunset painting, first painting a small color study and then developing the concept on a larger canvas. The second day we will follow this process as we work on more of a landscape-oriented sunset.

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Photo reference material will be provided but you may bring your own as well.

David will be painting in oils, but students may work in oils or acrylics. Acrylic artists are encouraged to use regarding medium and/or mix in open acrylics to extend drying time.

Supply List:

Paints Recommended (Note: Cole highly recommends artist-quality paints, such as Gamblin. Student-grade paints will likely leave you frustrated with muddy colors, whereas high quality pigments will help you get where you want to go! Also, they will usually be required in future classes.)

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Red Light
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Viridian
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Plus other colors you like to use. Purple or Sap green could be helpful.

Or  Alternative Oil Paint Set:
Georgian Oil Color 10 tube Introduction Set by Daler-Rowney
(or equivalent)
Students new to oil painting will find that this introductory set contains the appropriate colors necessary to begin experimenting. The set contains ten tubes of 22ml Georgian oil colors including burnt sienna, cadmium red hue, cadmium yellow hue, crimson alizarin, French ultramarine blue, lamp black, lemon yellow, sap green, titanium white and yellow ochre. 

Gamsol by Gamblin and an airtight container (no stinky mediums or solvents are allowed.)


  • Flats or Brights (#6, #8, or larger if you’d like)
  • (Simmons Titanium, Connoisseur B&W, Catalyst Polytip are available at ARTspot
  • Snap Bristol also available at ARTspot as a less expensive option)
  • Small Round ie: Princeton Select 2

Tear Shaped or Tapered Palette Knives

  • small, about 1 1/4”
  • medium, about 3”

 Canvas Panels

  • 2 canvas panels or stretched canvas ranging from 11x14” to 16x20”. 
  •  2 small canvas panels for color studies, 4x6” is a good size.

Disposable paper palettes or a wood, plastic or glass palette

Misc. Items
Portable Easel -Small table top model or free standing model (Cole has a number of these. Call to reserve one.)
Paper towels
Plastic grocery bags for trash
Acrylic painters – bring a spray water bottle and possibly an extender to slow the paint drying time.

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