Abstracting the Landscape

Claudia Hartley
Claudia Hartley
Claudia Hartley
Claudia Hartley
Claudia Hartley
Claudia Hartley


Learn to exaggerate and personalize color to create your own version of the unique modern landscape. Using photos of scenes, students will learn how to plan a good composition and how to mix beautiful clean colors. Students will learn how to take advantage of the quick drying properties of acrylics and how to create vibrancy through color combinations.


Claudia Hartley

Claudia Hartley

Claudia was born in California, but raised in Kentucky and Georgia.From the time she was old enough to hold something in her hand she began to draw on anything available: the smooth sand at the beach; the underside of the bark of her native Georgia pine trees; or rocks, using the charcoal leftover from girl scout camp outs.

She earned a BFA degree as an honor graduate in 1967 from the University of Georgia. She has enjoyed a successful career selling her art as well as teaching for many years in her Atlanta studio.Drawn by the light and the “wildness” of the Southwest she moved to Phoenix Arizona and lived there 16 years, and enjoyed the desert settings.She moved back to the east coast in 2010 to be near family, residing in a beach house on Isle of Palms, and then in Charleston, S.C.

Most recently Claudia recently has moved to Sedona AZ and as always her newest paintings reflect her new environment. She shows her work at Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale.

“My paintings reflect my travels around the United States, Provence, Switzerland, Iceland, and Ireland.My enthusiasm for my new home is very apparent in the exuberant paintings and can best be described as ‘happy’.”

  • Paints
    I use Liquitex Heavy Body. Other brands are OK but not student grade. 2 oz. tubes ( or larger) Yellow Oxide ( or Yellow Ochre) Cadmium Yellow light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Red Dark, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Light Blue Permanent, Dioxazine Purple, Chromium Green, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalocyanine Green (Thalo) 4.65 OZ. TUBE (large) Titanium White
  • Disposable Pallet
    ( prefer no thumb hole) 12”x16” (New Wave Gray Pad is excellent.)
  • Brushes
    ( favorite brand is Silver Ruby Satin, but hard to find. Can order online. Any good synthetic brand, Liquitex (Freestyle with green handle), Grumbacher, Windsor Newton, etc.) Filbert style # 4, 6, Princeton . (warning, numbers not standardized. Need to be ¼ “ – ½” width bristle), Filbert style # 2, 4, 6, 8 Long handles. Optional - Flat style, # 4
  • Canvases
    (stretched cotton canvas, not smooth. 2 or more for 1 or 2 day workshop. 3 or more for 3 day workshop 16x20, 20x24 or 24x30
  • To Do:
    Cover canvas ahead with paint before workshop. Yellow Oxide or Yellow Ochre. (This makes it much easier for you to paint. If you cannot do this ahead just bring them as is) liquid in bottle or student grade ok . Golden is good brand or any.
  • Viva Paper Towels
    (nice and thick!)
  • Can for water
    approx. 4” high, 5” wide.
  • Plastic grocery bag
    hang on easel for trash