Painting a Bold, Colorful Arizona Landscape



Painting a Bold, Colorful Arizona Landscape with Joe A. Oakes

May 4, 2024 | Friday | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Experience – All Skill Levels
  • Medium – Open to Acrylic, Oil or Pastel painters
  • Registration: Each student needs to enroll individually.
  • In-Person class at the Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio in the Art Barn.

Join award-winning artist Joe A. Oakes for a fun, info-packed, painting experience. Let’s paint the beautiful mountain landscape of AZ using bright, bold, unexpected color! Learn to take an ordinary image and transform it into an extraordinary, finished painting. Valuable art principles and important acrylic painting techniques will be discussed while we work through and complete a finished piece. This workshop will help experienced artists grow and beginners be inspired. All painting styles and skill levels are welcome. Also open to oil and pastel painters.

  • Composition, color, value, techniques
  • Give your painting depth & perspective
  • Color choices for impact
  • Structured but light and fun
  • Each student will create a finished painting


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Joe A. Oakes

Joe A. Oakes

Artist Statement 

My landscapes are about the joy of nature and the colors it offers us. I paint with colors that  evoke feelings of the first brilliant seconds of sunrise and the last fiery moments of sunset.  Expressing those feelings through the use of bold, vibrant highlights and shadows of violet hues  is my signature. I paint tributes to the mountains, fields and trees in the hopes it will slow us  down long enough to appreciate them. Every painting is a challenge to examine the colors of our  world and reconnect with nature. 


Joe A. Oakes was a curious and observant child that started drawing at the age of five. He has  been painting full time since 2008 and like other artists, previously worked at other things  including substitute teacher, art consultant and graphic designer. Oakes has survived cancer and  the loss of a child and has used these life changing events to propel his art career forward. His  landscapes burn with the excitement of bold, bright color and draw on scenes from all over the  U.S. but especially the Southwest and the state of California. Oakes’ work offers a new  perspective on color and place while offering a meditative sense of calm, happiness and  reverence for the land. He holds a BFA from California State University, Fullerton and among his  awards are the Distinguished Artist Award from the City of La Quinta, CA in 2011 and a First  Place Award for his work in “Visions” Exhibition at Chaffey Community Museum of Art in  Ontario, CA in 2019. Oakes resides near Riverside in Southern California and currently is represented in Prescott, AZ at Van Gogh’s Ear and at Romero Street Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.

Recent Awards 

Special Merit Award, “Acrylics Show”, Art & Color 365, Online, 2023  

Honorable Mention, “Colors Show”, Grey Cube Gallery, Online, 2023  

Honorable Mention, “Bold Expressions”, Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA, 2020  Best in Show, “Nature of Color Show” Art Brut 27, Online, 2020  

Third Place, “5th Annual Landscapes Juried Exhibition”, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA, 2020  First Place, “Visions”, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA, 2019

For this workshop/class I will be using this palette:
Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Luminous Rose, Amethyst, Compose Violet, Shadow Green with the possible addition(s) of Titanium White, Cobalt Teal and Payne’s Grey.

If you’re a beginner, I always recommend a palette that includes a warm and a cool version of each of the three primary colors, like this one:
Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Hansa Yellow Light, Red Rose Deep or Pink Matter, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Payne’s Grey

This is only a recommendation. You are welcome to use any colors and brands you choose or if you have already established your own color palette, you are more than welcome to use that.

Brands I like: Holbein, M. Graham, Sennelier or Da Vinci. Some of the names of the colors I use are specific to a particular brand. However, you can find similar colors in whichever brand(s) you select.

I will be using Luminous Rose as the underpainting color. You can also use any warm, earthy, transparent color such as Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide.

Stretched canvas can be found just about everywhere these days. I always recommend purchasing the best you can afford. Better quality brands like Fredrix, will have heavier weight canvas and sturdier stretched bars. If you prefer a more rigid surface there are many to choose from. I like Ampersands Aquabord and Gessobord products. Please use an 11×14 or larger substrate. As an added option, a few sheets of watercolor paper, canvas paper or boards for quick studies might be helpful.

I recommend the following Trekell or Princeton, long handle brushes: #12 or #10 natural bristle flat, #8 or #6 natural bristle filbert and #4 synthetic round.

Additional Items:
Tabletop easel
Freezer paper or 9×12 pad of palette paper
Water misting bottle
Palette knife
Water container, preferably plastic
Vine charcoal
Paper towels

If you have any questions at all, about any of the supplies, please don’t hesitate to contact Joe at


Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Office at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Workshops Registration/Cancellation Policy:

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a 15% Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 4, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 4, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: If traveling to Sedona, we strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Cancellation Policy Message:

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Donna from Texas

"I'm really inspired to try painting with more vivid colors and will also begin holding my brush further back to create fluffy clouds. It was wonderful watching Joe's techniques and I look forward to the recorded version to work with while painting. I usually use watercolors and paint florals but I'm excited to try landscapes like Joe's. Thanks again for the wonderful workshop!"

Sindy S. from Santa Fe

"Excellent class and instructor! I especially liked the detailed instruction and lots of feedback provided. Many opportunities to ask questions."

Leslie C.

"I liked everything about Joe's workshop - the pace, step by step, demos, humor and feedback!"

Sharon from Colorado

"This was an awesome class!! I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you."