#211, Portrait Painting from Life, Sarah Sedwick

#211, Portrait Painting from Life, Sarah Sedwick

Nov 11, 12, Sat, Sun
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$220 (includes model fee)

Do you love painting people but struggle with capturing a likeness or mixing beautiful flesh tones? Would you like to work from photos but feel the resulting paintings lack that spark of liveliness? Do you want to loosen up your brushwork and be more free to experiment with color in your portraits?

During this two-day workshop with Eugene artist Sarah Sedwick, we will focus on these and other aspects of portrait painting, working from a live model with a simple palette of three colors plus white. There are many benefits to using a limited palette, and these four colors – Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, and Ivory Black – famously used by Swedish painter Anders Zorn – create especially beautiful skin tones. The alla prima painting style, in which a work is begun and finished in one or two sittings, while the paint is still wet, is lots of fun and perfect for exploring the portrait in oils.

A combination of demonstrations, short exercises, and longer-duration paintings will familiarize you with Sarah’s approach to the portrait. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Water soluble oils are not recommended. Beginning to advanced artists welcome.

Space is limited to 10 students ages 16 and over.

Materials List

  • Palette – disposable paper palettes are great, the larger the better! Please purchase a 12 x 16” or larger palette. I prefer white, but the gray ones are fine. Or bring your usual travel palette.
  • Palette knife – not a teeny one. You want to be able to scoop up a pile of paint with it.
  • Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels, available at hardware stores)
  • Solvent: odorless mineral spirits. I recommend Gamsol. Turpenoid is also fine.
  • 2 glass jars with tight-fitting lids
    ○ one is for clean Gamsol to use while painting, the other is to store dirty Gamsol.
  • Paint – I use M. Graham.

Please include the following colors:
○ Titanium white
○ Cadmium red
○ Yellow ochre
○ Ivory Black

  • Medium – I recommend Gamblin’s solvent free gel. Walnut oil or an alkyd medium are also fine.
  • Brushes – I use taklon (synthetic, white bristles) and hog bristle, but it’s up to your preference. I recommend a range of sizes from #2 on up. Rounds, Flats, and Filberts. A good basic kit is a #2 round, a #4 flat, a #4 filbert, and a #6 flat.
  • View Finder

○ Purchasing a plastic view finder from an art supply store is a great, small investment – optional.

  • Cleanup: Murphy’s oil soap or The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver
  • Canvases or other painting surfaces: Bring something less expensive, like canvas panels, Arches oil paper, or canvas paper for short painting exercises.

At least two 11×14” panels, or equivalent.

Two canvases (11×14, 12×16, or any size you’re comfortable working on for about 3 hours) for longer paintings.

  • Easel and side table a plein air easel or French easel a TV table or side table for your palette (optional)


Class Questions?
Phone: Laura 503-799-8191



136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123

  • November 11, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • November 12, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm