Vivid Florals

Jody Florman

May 7–11, 2018

(+ $75 lab fee payable to instructor)

Oil - All Levels
Class meets Monday–Friday,
10–5 on the first day and
9–4 on subsequent days.


The aim of this workshop is to give the student the basic tools and processes of painting in a version of an Old Masters technique using a combination of artist and alkyd oil paints. Working step by step, the student will get an image of a rose onto a provided gessoed board, set up a palette and begin the process of "Value Painting". Through this process the student will have a deeper grounding in painting skills, color mixing, brush work, treating the painting as a whole composition and utilizing creative tools to help see color in a new way. Jody will demonstrate each step, answer questions along the way and provide individual guidance throughout each day of the workshop.


$525.00 (+$75 lab fee payable to instructor / Alkyd Paint and Acrylic paints provided)

May 7–11, 2018

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.


Workshop Materials List

You will be painting with a combination of Alkyd and artist oils made more fluid with a painting medium and odorless turpentine.

Below is the list of supplies you will need to bring as well as additional recommended supplies. I will be providing each of you with a gessoed board, transfer paper, painting medium, odorless turpentine, brush soap, shop towels, gloves and visual tools for a lab fee of $50. Additionally, I will have a few items for sale. **

Please note- Sedona is a small town and good art supplies are not readily available. The closest art store is a good 4-5 hr round trip. Please come prepared!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email: Jody Florman,

The reason we use a mix of Alkyd and Artist oil paints is for the following reasons: Alkyd paints are stiff, without great saturated pigment, are more durable and dry very quickly. Good quality Artist Oils are much more fluid, more pigment saturated and much slower drying. When combined together you get a lovely mix of paint that dries more quickly and is more durable. Good paints are an investment in your art and yourself and make painting easier.

Artist Oils-
I cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase a good quality artist oil. The colors stay true over time, creamy, easy paint texture, good pigment load, no oily mess and a tube can last a long, long time. I predominantly use Old Holland.

Paint list: for oils and alkyds. Buy one tube of artist oil and one in Alkyd (See links above)

Titanium white
Paynes grey
Raw umber
Burnt umber
Raw sienna
Burnt sienna
Cadmium red light
Permanent rose
Cadmium orange
Cadmium yellow light
Cadmium yellow medium
A range of greens
Sap green
Pthalo green
Cinnabar green

Optional colors:
Van Dyke Brown
Scarlet lake
Yellow lake- brown shade
Brilliant pink
Bright red
Cobalt blue
Green umber

Brushes- Again, working with a good brush rather than a cheap one (not always exclusive from one another) makes painting much easier. I remember when I used my first great oil painting brush. It changed my life! I could not believe how much better my paintings became when I stopped fighting my brushes.

Hogs hair natural bristle brushes. These will be your main brushes. Long handle
Robert Simmons Signet series, Silver series, Grumbacher, Gainsborough (or similar): flat and filbert #2, #4(2), #6(2), #8. Round for tight spaces #0, #1, #2. One larger flat for background. #12 0r #14

Blenders/pouncers- These brushes soften edges, blend colors. Loew Cornell, Maxine Mop, Princeton series 3750 or any pliable, full brush that has a bit of spring and stiffness, though not too much. (Traditional watercolor mops are too floppy and hogs hair is too stiff) 1/4?, 3/8?, ½?, ¾?, 1?

Brushes for Acrylic: Flat: #10, #12 and possibly a smaller round: #1, #4
Most Synthetic brushes will work. These will only be for use with the Acrylic paint

2 small glass, or metal containers- one for your turpentine and one for your medium.
1 larger container for water (peanut butter jar or similar)
Small containers can be gotten at an art store or ordered online.

I prefer a clear glass palette because you can place a sheet of board the color of your background underneath it and your color mixing becomes more accurate.
You can get a small piece of tempered glass from a glass company or buy a glass palette online.
Alternatively, the wax palettes will be fine and are easier if traveling.

Single edged razor blade scraper tool to clean your palette and extra blade- Can be gotten at Home Depot or

Palette knife
A single palette knife, for mixing your paint on your palette. Medium length, not too pointed is preferable.

Optional- Ink- blue or brown
You can develop your underpainting with an ink wash if you choose.

Pencil, sharpener, white chalk pencil (no colored pencils as they contain wax)

This will keep your hogs hair brushes from drying out and becoming brittle. You never wash a hogs hair brush with water.

Plain white cotton knit rags, for cleaning your brushes

Zip locks
If traveling, it is advisable to put your paints in double Ziplock bags and put them at the bottom of the suitcase. It keeps everything neat and tidy and they are easy for security to see into.

Clip on lights
If you want more light than overhead lighting you can purchase goose neck clip on LED lights. Ikea has small ones that you can get online and will easily fit in a suitcase or check

1-2 additional items to paint in case the piece we are doing in class does not dry in a timely fashion. Something simple and nature oriented.
Make sure your reference photos are what you want your finished work to look like. Great reference material is key to a good painting.

I will have gessoed boards available for sale, if need arises.

** Traveling with Flammable liquids is illegal. Security will open your suit case and confiscate them and possibly your oil paints.
It is OK to put oil paints, in tubes, in your checked luggage. Place your oil paints in double Ziplock bags and place them inside your suit case. You should have no problem getting your paints here.

About JodyFlorman

Jody's interest in the arts began at an early age. She enjoyed experimenting with a variety of mediums until she reached college. There she chose a major in art and narrowed her interests to mixed media sculpture and painting on fabric and canvas. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

After graduation, she worked as a stylist for commercials and department stores, then went on to the garment industry as a clothing and fabric designer/merchandiser in Los Angeles, New York and India. Color, texture and form were always a focal point.

Moving to London in she was a costumer for television, stage and film. Here she was introduced to the decorative arts. Her interest became a passion, then a career. Essentially self-taught, she attended various seminars, developing her talents in faux finishing, trompe l'oeil and mural painting. Over the next few years, she received residential and commercial commissions in London.

Returning to the United States, she expanded her artistic and painting repertoire receiving commissions high-end residences and commercial establishments throughout California, Colorado, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Maryland and Virginia.

Though Jody has painted commission paintings (covering a variety of subjects) for over 15 years, she chooses to integrate the deeper spiritual side of her life through her expression on canvas. She traveled to Spain and Austria to learn the ?Miche?, mixed technique, and portrait techniques from Robert Venosa, Martina Hoffmann and Professor Phillip Rubinov Jacobson, discovering a rich new avenue, making it possible to place her visions directly on canvas. Her colors are bold and vibrant. Her portraits sparkle..

A versatile and creative artist, Jody specializes in a wide variety of faux finishes. She creates custom stencil designs, is an accomplished muralist, landscape and architectural Trompe L'oeil artist. She is currently accepting commissions for her visionary art portraiture, florals, and landscapes.

Jody loves to work with designers, architects, contractors or individual clients to create unique, exciting concepts and finishes for their projects.

See Jody's work and more at her website.








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