Sarah Sedwick – Painting the Dynamic Still Life

Sarah Sedwick

Join Eugene, Oregon artist Sarah Sedwick on her first visit to Winslow Art Center, and discover how much fun still life painting can be! During this three-day workshop, we will focus on the essentials of realistic painting, while keeping our brushwork loose and painterly. We’ll explore fundamentals of color mixing, using Sarah’s simple palette of eight colors, and address composition and still life setup, learning to look at traditional subjects in a new way. Simple, colorful arrangements are a great way to hone your artistic vision, delve into color, composition, and brushwork, and bring fresh energy to your studio routine. A combination of demonstrations, short exercises, and longer-duration paintings will familiarize you with Sarah’s approach to the still life. Instruction will be in oils, and students are encouraged to use them in class, but acrylics are also welcome. Watersoluble oils are not recommended. Beginning to advanced artists welcome. Website

Instructor: Sarah Sedwick
Here are some images from this workshop.


Materials List – Painting the Dynamic Still Life

● Palette – disposable paper palettes are great, the larger the better! At
least 12×16”. I prefer white, but the gray ones are fine. Or bring your usual travel
● Palette knife – not a teeny one. You want to be able to scoop up a pile of
paint with it.
● Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels, available at
hardware stores)
● Solvent: odorless mineral spirits. I recommend Gamsol. Turpenoid is also
● 2 glass jars with tight-fitting lids
○ one is for clean Gamsol to use while painting, the other is to store dirty
● Paint – I use M. Graham professional artists oil colors. Please bring the
following colors:
○ Titanium white
○ Cadmium red light

○ Alizarin crimson
○ Cadmium yellow
○ Hansa yellow (or a lemon yellow)
○ Yellow ochre
○ Cerulean Blue
○ Ultramarine blue
○ Dioxazine Purple*
○ Ivory Black*
*starred colors are optional
● Medium – I use Walnut oil or Gamblin’s solvent free gel.
● Brushes – I use taklon (synthetic, white bristles) and hog bristle, but,
especially if you are an experienced painter, bring what you normally use. I
recommend at least a #2 round, a #4 flat, and a #6 flat. Filberts are also good to
● View Finder
○ Purchasing a plastic viewfinder from an art supply store is a great, small
investment – optional.
• Cleanup: Murphy’s oil soap or The Master’s Brush Cleaner and Preserver
• Canvases or other painting surfaces:
Bring something less expensive, like canvas panels, Arches oil paper, or
canvas paper for short painting exercises. At least two 11×14” surfaces, or
Three canvases for longer paintings. (11×14 or 8×10, 10×10, or any size
you’re comfortable working on for about 3 hours)