Into the Night: A Nocturne Plein Air Workshop

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Nocturne Plein Air Workshop with Award-Winning Nocturne Painter Krystal W. Brown                                                                                                  October 28 – 30, 2024 | Monday – Wednesday | 4 – 8 pm

  • Medium: Student choice – Oil, Water-Soluble Oil.
  • Experience: Some painting experience.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click on the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials: Click on the Materials List tab above.
  • Location/Time: First day meets at the Sedona Arts Center at 4 pm, subsequent days’ locations and meeting times will be shared with students on the first day.

Painting nocturnes is one of Krystal’s favorite things to paint and so is giving you the tools and techniques to create successfully…no matter the time of day. You will learn from Krystal how to choose the best sight, set up, and process to paint nocturnes from life which will help you carry the last rays of the day into the night in your work. You will effectively learn how to remove the “Fear Factor” from any nighttime scene in a way that fits in with your unique creativity and skill set.

The first evening you will participate in an interactive demo of a sunset scene followed by the transition into a nocturne. Take notes and paint along as you like. There will be no one-on-one instruction during the demo time.

The next evening we will follow the same pattern Krystal shared the night before and a return to the same scene. This time you will be painting and Krystal will be right beside you, helping you along.

Be sure to check out the supply list to see what gear to consider and the preferred paints, colors and surfaces that will be used. Have a few panels to choose from. 6×12 – 16×12 size range. One for your sunset and one for your nocturne. We will be revisiting them on day two.

Questions? email Krystal at

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Krystal W. Brown

Krystal W. Brown

As a fine artist I endeavor to create visual images that accurately portray the beauty of the world that is around us.  I am the filter with my own particular view.  No camera can portray what I would have you see, and while I choose to be faithful to what I see, I embrace the opportunity to portray form with a loose expressionistic approach.   Pallet knifes, clamps, squeegees, twigs and string can be found in my arsenal of tools.  If it aids me in my creative process I use it!  My strength in rendering and capturing likenesses is enhanced by the painterly manor in which I apply the nuances of light and color.  If my work looks just like a photo I have let the viewer down.  I believe that a firm foundation in drawing is the keystone of any good artist and to develop this we must continually be working from life. There is no substitute for it.   We have been given this beautiful world and I need only to remain faithful to what is before me as I filter all that I see into a piece that communicates my impression of the moment.

Krystal W. Brown is a fine art oil painter who captures the places, people and moments that matter most. She was born and raised in Northern Wyoming by art appreciating parents who collected fine art and always encouraged her artistic pursuits. She began drawing at an early age and had sold her first portrait at age 15. Krystal is an award winning artist that specializes in fine art oil paintings and commissioned portraits. She works in a variety of mediums including pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and oil. Krystal has a Bachelor’s Degree in fine art from the University of Montana with an emphasis in painting and has been producing fine art for over 30 years. She has studied with Rob Liberace, Dan Gerhartz, Clayton Beck, Jeffry Hein, Susan Lyon and Scott Burdick. She is continually seeking to grow and improve. Krystal’s work has won People’s Choice awards, Portrait Society of America Merit Awards, and multiple Best in Show awards. Ms. Brown’s work has been Bold Brush Finalist, Raymar Finalist, and a Plein Air Salon Finalist. Her work has been published in Plein Air Magazine and American Art Collector. Krystal’s work can be found in collections all over the country. She is based in the Houston area and is an exhibiting member of the Oil Painters of America, and National Oil and Acrylic Painters. She belongs to the Portrait Society of America, American Women Artists, Cecilia Beaux Forum, Outdoor Painters Society and the Woodlands Art League where she facilitates a life group every week.

Make sure to have these “limited pallet” colors:

Titanium White
Indian Yellow
Cadmium Red
Transparent Oxide Brown
Cobalt Blue
Pthalo Green Lake

You will be blown away by what you take away from our time together.

Bridget said “this was a game changer for me.” Daniel commented “I’ll never approach painting the same.”

Come prepared for the days weather – layers that can come on or off.
Come prepared with water/food.
Come prepared with a light source.
Come prepared with your paints, panels, gear and great attitudes.

Questions? email me at

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • 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 $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before September 28, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 28, 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 Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses cancelled or 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.