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Painting the Poetic Landscape

Once you learn landscape painting basics, it’s time to learn how to add the poetry. Barbara’s goal is to equip you with skills that will move you beyond merely replicating landscape subjects, to conveying a distinct, poetic visual message that strikes an emotional chord with the viewer.

Skills covered include composition, editing, value structure, color temperature, chroma, and edge control. Barbara will also address how to make every stroke count, considering the mark-making particulars of how you apply pigment to surface.

Each day begins with a demonstration followed by students working on a painting exercise for the remainder of the day, while receiving plenty of individual help from Barbara. Students may work from their own photos or instructor-provided photos.

This workshop is open to all levels, although artists with at least some basic oil painting experience will benefit most.

NOTE: This Workshop is NOT Refundable. Thank you for your understanding, hosting workshops like this come with extra expenses like airfare, lodging, etc. that need to be accounted for.



Paint* –

Titanium White                                     (Gamblin)

Cadmium Lemon                                   (Gamblin)

Cadmium Yellow Deep                           (Gamblin)

Cadmium Orange                                  (Gamblin)

Yellow Ochre                                         (Gamblin)

Cadmium Red Light                               (Gamblin) or Permanent Red Medium (Rembrandt)

Alizarin Crimson (or Permanent)             (Gamblin)

Transparent Red Oxide                           (Gamblin 1980 line; or Rembrandt)

Ultramarine Blue                                   (Gamblin)

Cobalt Blue                                           (Gamblin)

Viridian Green                                       (Gamblin)


*Listed above are my brand preferences and what I’ll likely use in my demos. I understand the expense of each new tube of paint, so feel free to use similar alternatives you may already have. However, I especially recommend having the brands indicated for Cadmium Lemon, Alizarin, Yellow Ochre and Transparent Red Oxide.


I tone my surface with a 50/50 mixture of Transparent Red Oxide and Alizarin, diluted with Gamsol. Once brushed on and wiped with a rag or paper towel, it should appear as a warm flesh color, toned to about a 2 on a value scale of 1/lightest-10/darkest. I recommend toning your panels prior to the workshop, but you can also do it there.


Guerrilla Painter® Extra Fine Oil Primed Linen Panels…these are a great affordable option for workshop studies). My recommended workshop size is 11x14, but feel free to work slightly smaller if you prefer to work more slowly.



2   11x14s (or smaller)

2   12x16s (or roughly an equivalent total surface space) – this can be something cheap, even canvas sheets. Divide each panel into 4 sections of 6”x 8.” (You can draw lines to separate each panel into quarters, or use tape.) However, any size surface will work, as long as you have enough to fit about eight  6x8ish studies, ideally fitting at least two at a time on a surface. You don’t necessarily have to tone these surfaces, but it may be helpful to have half of them toned.


Brushes – Bristle brushes in sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8 (or other similar size range). Filberts for sizes 1-3; flats for sizes 4-8. Bristle brushes, rather than softer synthetic brushes, will be important. 

Other supplies:

  •          Small sketch book
  •          Artists tape
  •          A couple of sharp pencils (any type) for thumbnails, and sharpener; or mechanical pencil
  •          ruler
  •          Portable palette
  •          Odorless mineral spirits such as Gamsol
  •          Painting medium (I use Gamblin’s Solvent-free Gel or Galkyd Gel, but any medium is fine)
  •          Wet canvas/panel carrier
  •          Palette knife
  •          Paper towels
  •          Hand wipes
  •          Latex gloves or other hand protection if desired
  •          Portable easel 



Reference Photos:

If you have your own landscape reference photos, please bring them. I'll provide copies of the photos I'll use for my demos, which you may use if you’d like to work from the same photo. You may work from printed photos or from photos on your laptop or iPad. (Please, however, do not plan to work directly from photos on your phone.)


Requirements: Please note: We want to let you know that unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds as organizing workshops involves additional expenses such as flights and lodging. However, we understand that plans may change, so if you're unable to attend, you can give your spot to a friend!
Instructor: Barbara Jaenicke
Instructor Bio: Barbara loved drawing and painting as a child, but her artistic journey was launched more so from stubborn determination rather than any innate giftedness. Her grandmother was an accomplished oil painter, and although she didn't directly encourage Barbara to follow in her footsteps, Barbara's childhood was surrounded by her beautiful paintings. She studied painting outside of her regular classes during high school and college. However, not realizing that a career in fine art could be a possibility, she steered her initial career choice toward another art-related field, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey, majoring in Art with an emphasis in Advertising Design. Her early career was spent in advertising as an art director, then later in corporate marketing communications. Without much time for painting during these earlier careers, she always knew she would eventually continue her original artistic passion, and in 1999 she gradually but intensely began to do so. Finally, in 2002, she was able to turn her focus to a fine art career, pursuing it full steam ahead. Working in oil and pastel, Barbara strives to capture light-filled landscapes in a painterly, impressionist style. Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for many years until she yearned for snow and mountains for her landscape subject matter, which prompted her family's move to Bend, Oregon in 2015.
Note: This Workshop is Not Refundable. Supplies are required & extra. 10% off Your Supplies at Blaine's!

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