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Birch trees in watercolor with Paul Oman

November 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


In this 3-hour workshop, you will learn how to paint birch trees of the northwoods throughout the Seasons in watercolor. Paul will do multiple demonstrations with various lighting scenarios. You will learn how to see the values (contrast) and to apply color based on the values. You will also learn how to paint the characteristic paper curls that are so often on birch trees. We will also learn how to nestle these trees into the landscapes we paint. All ability levels are welcome. Bring your own supplies (see suggested supply list). Hope you can join us! Let’s paint!

Call or text Linda Randall (gallery owner) at 612-963-0169
or Paul Oman at: email: paul@paulomanfineart.com or call 715-790-2029

Paul Oman shares his love of painting with people of all ages and abilities.  A native of Amery, Wisconsin (USA), Paul is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.

Paul paints in watercolor, acrylic, and oil, inspired by what each medium provides.  The fast and free approach of watercolor has become the foundation for how Paul sees and approaches the visual arts in all mediums whether in studio, plein air, or as he paints before live audiences.  Painting since he was ten years of age, Paul works full-time using his drawing, painting and teaching abilities to bring hope, inspiration, joy and value into the lives of people of all ages through his work and its creative process.  

Founder of Drawn to the Word in 2011, Paul paints large-scale canvases with high visual impact before audiences, creating stories that inspire and open eyes to visions of hope.  Consulting with organizations worldwide, he paints their story and mission, creating uniquely memorable experiences.

Paul lives near Amery, Wisconsin with his wife, Jana, and their three children.

Suggested List of Materials Paul Oman Watercolor Workshops
I have listed materials that I use. You do not have to purchase these particular materials if you already have your own. Substitutes will do.
Paints – I use Windsor & Newton professional grade tube paints. There are several brands of professional grade watercolor paint available which are equally as good. Quality student grade watercolors (e.g. Academy [Grumbacher] or Cotman [Windsor & Newton] work OK and are less expensive.
Recommended Colors: Cadmium Yellow Light or Windsor Yellow, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue.
Additional Colors (not necessary, but lots of fun!): Cadmium Red, Permanent Rose, Permanent Sap Green, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Gray, Permanent White Goauche.
Painting Palette – I use a John Pike painting palette. However, any palette which has a larger-sized mixing area or areas is good.
Brushes – A variety of brushes will work. Here are some I use. Flats ranging from 1/2” – 2” in width.
Rounds, #’s 6, 8 & 10
A script brush (also called a “rigger”) for fine line detail
Watercolor Paper – There are many papers you can buy. Your most cost-efficient means would be to buy a tablet of high quality watercolor paper. I prefer 140 pound Arches Cold Press or Rough paper, either sheets or blocks (stack of paper glued together on the edges). Whatever paper you buy, I strongly suggest you do NOT get a paper that has a shiny appearance to the surface. These can be very frustrating to paint on. In my opinion, it is worth every penny to buy a higher quality paper so you can experience success.
Something To Put Your Paper On –
You will need a flat surface on which to place and/or fasten your paper, such as a piece of plywood or tile board, and a 2-3” prop for under your board (wood block or book, etc.).
Water Container(s) –
You will need something to put water in, such as a tupperware container.
Other Supplies that are helpful – (* = required)
*masking tape (I use this to tape my paper to the board) *paper towels- the most absorbent ones work best
*#2 or softer pencil

*kneaded eraser
*sketch pad
*sunglasses (helps to see values quickly)
Art Masking Fluid (not necessary)
hair spray bottle (to fill with water – very helpful) salt
hair dryer
For Plein Air (on location, usually outdoors) Workshops only –
I suggest an easel to hold your painting board and watercolor paper. Some prefer to sit down and place the board in their lap and paint. I have an easel designed to hold both my paper/board and my palette. Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat.
Where to get your supplies:
1. I highly recommend Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, 374 Industrial Park Drive, Boone,
NC. They specialize in watercolor supplies. You can find them on-line at www.cheapjoes.com or give them a call at 1-800-227-2788. This is where I order my supplies and I have been completely satisfied for years.
2. Another quality place is Art Supply Warehouse, also located in North Carolina: www.aswexpress.com or 1-800-995-6778.
3. Dick Blick Art Supplies.
4. Michaels craft stores.
5. Amazon.com
Call me if you have any questions at 715-790-2029. I look forward to painting with you.


November 2, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Kicks Crosslake.com


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36066 County Road 66
Crosslake, MN 56442 United States
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