Upcoming Retreats

Portland, OR 2019 - March 10-17

Colorado Springs, 2019 - May 28 - June 2, 2019

Ocean City, MD 2019 - October 6 - 10, 2019

Colorado Springs 2020 - May 25, 2020 - May 31, 2020

Ocean City, MD 2020 - September 25 - October 3, 2020

Carol Nelson
9:00 - 4:30
Friday - March 15

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$ 150  

Trees are an essential part of the ecology of planet Earth. Artists have depicted trees in their work for centuries. In this workshop, our trees will be abstracted in their shape and colors. Emphasis will be placed on the tonal relationships of dark on light, and light on dark. Carol will demo several techniques she uses for her fantastic tree paintings.  You will make fantastic foliage with course pumice gel and crackle paste, and you will use a variety of papers to add texture, and create vibrant, colorful landscapes. Expect to create two paintings.

Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor at class time includes:

Modeling compound

Fiber paste

Crackle paste

YES paste

Watercolor paper

Rice paper and specialty papers


Corrugated paper

Course pumice gel

Gold foil and/or gold metallic paint

Supply list for students to bring:

1 wood panel - 8x8, 8x10, 10x10, or 9x12 ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 wood panel – 6x6 or 6x8 ONLY!!!!!!!

NOTE: These supports may be cradled wood panels, gessobords, or MDF panels cut at Home Depot.

All raw wood panels should be primed with gesso ahead of time. If your panel is white, it’s already


Golden Fluid Acrylic paints – Carol’s favorite colors are on her website, carolnelsonfineart.com

Gel medium gloss, soft or regular

Unsuccessful watercolor paintings to cut up (optional)


Flat 3/4 inch brush (for watercolor and acrylic)

Selection of smaller brushes

Palette, water container, spray water bottle, paper towels




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