August 2018 - Oil Painting Workshop

Oil Painting

with Samantha Buller

In this Mendocino County Art Association-sponsored workshop, you will learn to paint still life works from life. The focus of this workshop will be on creating clean color and confident brushstrokes. Feel free to paint in your own style, allowing for some coaching throughout the process.

Start the morning off with a demonstration, then begin warming up with smaller 20- to 40-minute paintings. This allows you to loosen up and be more "painterly." Practice the art of letting go and focus on what you are seeing. After lunch, slow down and work on one larger still life (or two, if you are up for the challenge!).

Painting of orange slices Painting of avocado halves


Samantha Buller currently lives and works in Sonoma County, California. She received her BFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Originally from the Bay Area, her work reflects the beautiful light and modernism that is found in Northern California. Her work has been shown in the Hall of Justice in San Francisco, in companies, hospitals, and several galleries, as well as on the set of a prime time television show. She was named one of 2013's young artists to watch by Southwest Art Magazine!

In the summer of 2014, Buller traveled to Victor, Idaho to study with prominent artist, Scott Christensen. Just one month later, she had the opportunity to travel back to the Tetons to continue working with Christensen, learning how to mix color for the artist. This experience inspired her to push herself out of the comfort zone of her own studio and into the outdoors, painting from her plein air easel. Although painting out in the elements is not always her first choice, she feels that it is necessary practice and discoveries she makes in the field can sometimes translate positively into her studio works. She purchased a vintage trailer and is currently in the process of restoring it to fit her painting needs.

Overall, Samantha's love of color completely drives her work. She is inspired by the art of Wayne Thiebaud for his paint application, color and composition, as well as the works of Raimonds Staprans for his layering techniques. She chooses to paint simplistic objects to create a clean, strong design, sharing interest with the negative space. She continues to develop her style as she paints, never wanting to get bored, and continually striving to grow.


To register, click HERE for the form. Print it out (and fill it out!) and mail it in to MCAA, P.O. Box 517, Ukiah, CA 95482 with your check made payable to MCAA.
A materials list can be found HERE.

Portrait of Samantha Buller

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Grace Hudson Museum
431 S. Main Street at Clay
Ukiah, CA  95482

Fees are $75.00 for MCAA Members and $95.00 for non-members. The Workshop is limited to 12 people!


Painting of apples with a blue background



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