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Textural Landscape
From Start to Finish in Oil
w/ Mike Wise

Date/Time: Fri-Sun / February 1-3 / 10:30-6:00 pm

Cost: $385 + $20 supply fee to be paid directly to instructor.

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

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


Join in the celebration of great texture and dimension as you learn from a master of “impasto”!  Fans of this artist love his style: great brushwork and thickly applied paint which creates great texture and renders his subjects so beautifully. You’ll learn how to use mediums and tools for dimensional oil painting. You’ll execute a landscape painting from start to finish, learning tips and tricks along the way, using instructor-provided blocked-in painting forms, on which you will practice finishing and layering techniques.  You’ll watch Mike demo, observing as he develops a painting loosely from the beginning, exaggerating color in the block-in for more impact, making sure the temperature relationships are correct and then gradually building the layers of texture.

We will explore various finishing techniques including dry-brushing, glazing, scumbling, knife work, impasto, etc.   Students will be introduced to two mediums:
-          spray medium for glazing and wet into wet painting
-          Maroger medium (students can use Galkyd from Gamblin). 

The process will be broken into three stages: block in, interim blocking and rendering (thin paint), then in the final stage impasto, final rendering, and details.  One stage will be covered each day.  Each student will be provided with a blocked-in painting form which they will practice finishing and layering techniques. 

Day 1- Instructor demonstrates blocking in a painting in the morning, students will block in their picture in the afternoon. Instructor provides reference to work from; students will essentially be following along. This is a rough block in using thin washes and wiping out. This is left to thoroughly dry.
***Students may work on more than one picture if they paint quickly enough.

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Day 2- Instructor demonstrates (morning) the building of layers through the various techniques listed above and begins using mediums. As mentioned, students will use a cured instructor-provided block-in to learn and practice dry-brushing, glazing, and other interim work prior to laying on thick impasto. We will also begin using the spray medium on the canvas at this stage.

Day 3- Instructor demonstrates finishing the interim rendering and preparing for impasto. Students will be introduced to Maroger Medium (they may use Galkyd Gel). Instructor demonstrates impasto and final finishing details, and students will follow along.

This workshop is suitable for those with some experience in oils. 

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 ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.

Mike will be providing each student with a pre-painted and dried, blocked-in 9x12 linen canvas panel on which to learn finishing techniques. Additional instructor-provided supplies include an aluminum atomizer, enough of each medium for the exercises, and a special edge brush.  Please bring $20 supply fee payable in cash to instructor.

Oil Paints Good quality, professional brand such as Gamblin.

Required colors:

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  • Mixed White (titanium/zinc)

  • Titanium White

  • Cad Yellow Light

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cad Red Light

  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent

  • Venetian Red

  • Transparent Red Oxide

  • Viridian (if unable to find, substitute Pthalo 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

  • Dioxonine purple

  • Sap Green


  • Galkyd Gel painting medium (note: no stinky mediums or solvents allowed)

  • Odorless Mineral Spirits, such as Gamsol, in cleaning tank.
    (note: Mike recommends the Silicoil cleaning tank or one of similar size with the wire coil inside. If the tank is too small it will continuously contaminate your mixes and your brushes will never get clean)

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Brushes, etc:

  • 2 synthetic flats size 6.
    (these should be about ½ inch wide and form a sharp edge)

  • 2 Rigger/liner brush size 2 and 4 for details.
    (note: these should have a “spring” to them)

  • 2 Painting Knives, small and medium sizes.

Panels or stretched canvas:
Mike will be providing each student with a pre-painted and dried, blocked in  9x12 canvas panel on which to learn finishing techniques.
In addition, each student needs to bring:

  • 1 good quality canvas panel in a medium weave - your choice of sizes in this range: 11x14 to 16x20.

Make sure your canvases have a good priming.  For example,  Source Tek canvas (which are highly pre-primed) or Fredrix Pro Series Dixie. If you select a brand other than Source Tek, make sure you add another coat of gesso for the priming so they are not absorbent and stain. Also note that the smoother or finer the surface is, the more difficult it becomes to layer paint, so a medium texture will work best.  

*Note on Mike's choice of Source Tek canvas panels: these are quality panels made with medium weave Belgian linen that do not need extra priming. Fredrix Pro Series Dixie 12oz cotton archival canvas board (available at ARTspot) will need an additional layer of gesso, easily applied with an inexpensive foam roller brush, available at any hardware or paint store.

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

  • Paper towels

  • Brush cleaner

  • 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.

  • Reference photos- Mike will be providing some photos to use. In addition, students may bring their own photo reference for the second painting. These need to be large enough to see the details, small 3x5 photos are not suitable. Photos should have an overall strong simple design.

  • Paper pallets are discouraged, they are difficult to use vs. a hard, smooth surface such as glass or wood.

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.