Oil Painting Workshops & Resources

Untitled photo

Workshop Information

The fact is that with the excellent online instruction from Mark Carder and Michael James Smith, you can learn everything you need to know without paying for workshops or attending college classes. However, many prefer the personal guidance of in-person teaching and the fellowship of other students. With the right teacher, you can learn very fast.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to oil paint in a welcoming stress-free environment, you may want to consider one of my workshops. We have a blast in class and everyone is welcome from beginners to advanced students. I am a retired college art professor, taught at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha for many years, and now teach fine art oil painting to all age groups. I am extremely patient and will teach you everything you need to know. This is not a “Bob Ross” or “Booze & Brushes Class”, but a real art class where you will learn to EASILY mix any color in nature using just 5 colors of paint, how to use mediums to thin paint, and much more.

I am based in central Iowa but am often on the road in my art studio/RV so other locations are possible. I have been conducting classes every year in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Contact me if you are interested in setting up something. I do this because I love teaching others to paint so I only ask to cover my expenses.

The documents below are PDF's I provide students who take my classes or workshops. Feel free to download them, print them, and distribute them. If you have any questions or comments please contact me.

Free Downloadable Resources

Untitled photo
Survivl Guide for Oil Painting

Survival Guide for Oil Painting

This “Survival Guide” will give you the information you need to make your oil painting experience as easy as possible, and in a way that your masterpiece will last a lifetime. I have included links which in most cases will take you to Dick Blick’s online store where you can get more information and order the product. I do not make any money on your purchases. Feel free to copy and distribute this document. If you have any questions or comments e-mail me and I will help in any way I can.

> View or download here.

  
Mix any Color in 7 Steps

Mix any Color in 7 Steps

If you have tried other color mixing systems and found them unworkable, this system is for you. In just 7 steps you can match any color in the natural world. And best of all you only need 5 tubes of paint to make it work. Yes, this system really works! Also included is a recommended material list. Yes, this system really works!
> View or download here.

  
5 & 8 Color Material List

Five & Eight Color Material List

If you want to use the mixing system above you will want to download this handy chart. It lists color names for Master's Touch, Blick Studio, Winsor & Newton, and Gamblin paints used in the system above. The minimum amount of colors is 5, but 8 colors makes things easier.
> View or download here.

  
Modern Palette - Fifteen Color Material List

Modern Palette - Fifteen Color Material List

If you are interested in a palette with a greater mixing potential than the 5 and eight color system, check this palette out. Formulated by Gamblin Paints, I have organized the information in an easy to understand and use format.
> View or download here.

  
The Bendykowski Color Material List

The Bendykowski Color Material List

My students have often asked me what colors I own, so I decided to post it here. Although I own 22 colors, in practice I use a very limited palette. However, with the colors listed here I have everything I need.
> View or download here.

  
Becoming the Artist You Want to Be

Finding the Artist Within

One of the most difficult and important things you will ever have to do is to decide just what kind of a artist you want to be. This short article gives what I think is the best advice you could ever get on becoming the artist YOU want to be.
> View or download here.

  
Lights for Painting

Lights for Painting

You should be able to paint in your studio with confidence knowing you are seeing all of the colors on your canvas properly and that the painting will look good under other lighting conditions. As a bonus you can use the lights for photographing your art. Fortunately, the price of highly accurate & adjustable LED lighting is available for under $200.
> View or download here.

  
How to Light Your Studio for Painting

How to Light Your Studio for Painting

This one page instruction sheet shows you how to POSITION your lights for minimal glare and maximum color accuracy... it is actually easy once you know the trick to doing it. Another advantage is that you can use this setup for photographing your artwork.
> View or download here.

  
Cross polarization technique for photographing paintings

How to Photograph Artwork Without Glare

The cross polarization technique allows you take a photograph of your artwork, even glossy and varnished paintings, without glare of reflections. The technique requires you to purchase polarizing filters for your camera lens and lights, but it really works!
> View or download here.

Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In