Make it Wild: Finding Your Flow with Water-Mixable Oil Paints
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Finding Your Flow with Water-Mixable Oil Paints with Rachel Smith
Live, in-person class at the National Museum of Wildlife Art
Are you curious to try oil painting, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you have some experience with oil paints, but are interested in removing the need for harsh solvents? Water-Mixable Oils are a fun medium to experiment with, for beginning and professional artists alike. In this class, you will have the opportunity to try this medium in a playful environment.
– Methods of paint application & basic rules to follow
– How to use painting mediums, including Cold Wax
– Go beyond canvas & hear about the many options of painting diverse surfaces
– Advantages of a simplified color palette & color harmonies
– Learn about the flow state & how to forgo the rules and find your own expression
Make it Wild courses are open to adults and young adults with beginner to intermediate abilities. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during this interactive program. Art materials are included in this in-person course.
- $50 per Live In-Person Class
Your registration fee supports the Museum’s Art Leadership Scholarship in Honor of the Memory of Dick Jennings. Dick Jennings was a Museum board member whose memory inspires us to pursue our passions. The $4,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a local High School Senior who plans to study art at the college level. Thank you for your support!
About the artist:
Aside from occasional workshops, Rachel is largely self-taught. She studied Art History and Anthropology, and her work is greatly influenced by Anthropological perspectives – Postmodernism, particularly the idea of binary oppositions (beauty/ugliness, light/dark, warm/cool, smooth/rough, shiny/dull), is a recurring theme in her art. The beauty in seasonal contrasts inspires Rachel; her paintings are often tonal or monochromatic. Mountainous landscapes with trees, clouds, snow, and water are her favorite subjects.
Achieving a mental “flow state” is the most important part of her creative process; she believes flow to be a cause of success, in the end, results in her paintings and a key to finding happiness. Painting and downhill skiing are the only two activities that thrust her into a flow state. Rachel is originally from Rockford, Michigan, and she has called Wyoming “home” since 2011.