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Bold Abstractions in Oil: A Series of Four Small Paintings

Call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280 to register


When:  Fridays (5): Sept. 29; Oct. 6, 13*, 20, 27

    *Oct. 13 class held at Paulina Espinosa Community Hall

    (formerly known as the Rec Hall); 170 Charles Austin Drive

Where: Dunbar Recreation Center (801 MLK)

Time:    10:00am-1:00pm

Fee:       $50.00

Painting by Catherine Kehoe

Course Description

Working in oil paint on small formats, the focus will be to break down imagery into essential shapes, values, and colors, thus creating works that are abstractions of reality.


You will work from photographic prints you bring to class. By cropping the compositions, isolating, blurring, simplifying shape, enhancing or altering color, and adjusting contrasts of value, you will learn to increase the visual impact of your paintings.



  • Substrate

You can work on any of these substrates: e.g., oil paper; canvas; watercolor paper, primed with acrylic binder; primed cradled wood panel; gesso board. If you are painting on paper, bring a Masonite board.

  • Paint

> Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium red hue, Cadmium yellow hue, lemon yellow, Yellow ochre, Viridian, Ultramarine blue, Ivory (bone) black, and Titanium white. Double primary palette suggested.

> High pigment load oil paint like Gamblin is a great choice for both beginners and advanced painters. If you already have a stash of oil paint, fill in the missing colors and bring what you have.

  • Synthetic oil painting brushes

> 1-Flat (1/2”x1”), 1-round (1/4”x1 1/8” pointed)

> Numbers on brush handles are specific to brand, so you cannot rely on the number to tell you the actual bristle size: width x length of bristles

> If you already have oil painting brushes, bring a variety of what you have.

  • Medium

Gamblin solvent free fluid medium or Gamblin non-toxic gel medium (non-toxic)

  • Solvent

Small container of Gamblin Gamsol 4.2oz (odorless mineral spirits); bring a small jar with lid so you can pour a little out at a time.

  • Brush cleaner

> Safflower oil in a jar with lid to clean brushes between colors

> Master’s brush cleaner and preserver (2.5 oz.) to clean brushes when finished

  • Additional supplies

> Paper towels

> Offset metal palette knife

> 2B pencil

> Pencil sharpener

> Vinyl eraser

> 3M painter’s tape, if painting on paper

> Table-top easel; if needed, will be provided

> Toned glass palette or disposable palette

> Mawl stick, if you have one

> Barrier cream to protect hands (e.g., Art Guard or Invisible Glove)

> Optional: transfer paper, tracing paper, red colored pencil (wax or oil)


About Your Instructor: Roxanna (Roxy) Tuff

Roxy is a metalsmith and illustrator who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing and MFA in Painting. She is an outstanding instructor, having taught in the art studio area at Texas State for 14 years and for LLL-SMTX for 9 years.

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