"Realistic Landscapes from Abstract Beginnings" w/ Joe MacKechnie

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DATE/TIME:  Sunday March 30 from 10:30am-5:00pm  

COST: $125

REGISTRATION:  Call in, come in, or register online.  Scroll to the bottom of this page for online registration.  425.697.2787

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


Why do some artists have the ability to paint artworks that are painterly, expressive, and full of energy and movement? Joe Mac Kechnie paints and draws this way and has learned some valuable insights into how one can incorporate these elements into their artwork.  Joe has designed a one-day workshop that explores how these elements are created and how you make them a part of your personal style. He will start with abstract block-in strokes and as he progresses, you will see how he makes a landscape emerge from what were random marks.  This workshop is open to all mediums and experience levels.  Also, bring your creative imagination.


You can pick up all your great art supplies at ARTspot in Edmonds just blocks from Cole Gallery.  Registered Cole Art Studio students will receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies.  Make sure to pick up your 10% off slip at Cole Gallery's front desk. 
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The preferred mediums for this workshop are acrylics, watercolors, pastels (and charcoals) and then oils. It is open to all mediums, but for the 1-day workshop faster drying mediums are preferred. Joe will be working mostly on 140lb, Canson XL Series, cold press, 18x24 watercolor paper (comes in tablets). The pastels should be soft pastels; Rembrandt brand or equivalent, will be sufficient. For acrylics I use mostly Golden products.

Joe doesn't expect you to have everything, so don’t rush out and buy all of the products. He will be bringing extra stuff for the class to use if someone is missing something.

Here is more information on materials that will be used in the workshop:


  • Kneaded eraser
  • Gum eraser
  • Hard white eraser


  • Soft vine charcoal bricks (variety of sizes, ¼” and larger)
  • Soft compressed charcoal bricks (made by Alphacolor Char-Kole)
  • General’s Soft compressed charcoal pencils


  • Small set of soft pastels, 8-12 colors (Rembrandt or equivalent)


  • Drawing/sketching paper pad (do not use newsprint paper. I use 50# or heavier, white, 18x14 pads made by Canson XL Recycled Sketch)
  • 140lb, Canson XL Series, cold press, 18x24 watercolor paper (comes in tablets)

Acrylics (Golden full body) – preferred medium because they dry faster than oils

  • Ivory black, Titanium white, Perm Rose, Alizarin, Cad Red, Cad Yellow Light, Ultramarine blue, Phthalo Blue, Sap Green, Cobalt Teal, Neutral Gray


  • If you prefer oils, ok to use. Include a fast drying alkyd medium.


  • Ok to use.


  • A variety of large and small brushes – acrylic and oil brushes work great


  • a couple of different palette knives
  • Easel - Small table top model or free standing model
  • Large drawing board with clips 24x26
  • Soft paper towels
  • Rags
  • Latex gloves
  • Water spray bottle