Powerful Plein Air

2023 Sedona Plein Air Festival Best of Show Award - "Sun Salutation"
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Powerful Plein Air with Krystal W. Brown

October 17 – 19, 2023 | Tuesday – Thursday

  • Medium: Student choice – Oil, Water-Soluble Oil.
  • Experience: Some plein air 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 10 am, subsequent days’ locations and meeting times will be shared with students on the first day.

If you want to paint better –  Be more accurate – Convey your vision and impression – and do it all with JOY this will help.  If you want to paint effortlessly – Free from stress and better able to let the magic flow, this is the place to start.    You will come to understand how to create more comfortably, confidently and joyfully while learning all the tips and techniques that have taken me years of cultivation.  No more guessing!  No more uncertainty!  No more fear!  Just SUCCESS.

You are invited to paint in oil or water soluble oil if possible!

This is what you can expect.

Day One


Introduction and discussion.  Intentional Focused Learning dialogue.  Nuts and Bolts of our time together.

  • DEMO

Watch the birth of a painting as I explain AND demonstrate the process from the grisaille and my unique approach to “Sight Size”.  This will go through LUNCH so be sure to have what you need to fuel your body with you.


Learn how to streamline your set up, pallet, and sight selection. You will be exposed to all the strategies that I employ to get me joyfully, and successfully through a plein air painting.


I’ll guide you through the process that will get you to the good stuff of painting out in nature.  You will discover what most plein air painters only come to know through trial and error and years of practice.


You’ll be presented with examples and guidelines that will take your plein air work to the next level as we discuss composing and choosing what to paint.


You put into practice what you’ve learned and I will be beside you to help with plenty of one on one interaction – set up – site selection – design consideration – that will speak specifically to your needs.  I will ask for your permission to paint on your panel and collaborate with you to get you up and going.  Think of it as having training wheels on your bike.



Watch the implementation of what was discussed the day before as you witness the guide in action.  Learn what questions I ask myself to gain insight. See how to use the tools that will guarantee success and help you determine what to approach and in what order.

Lunch break


You will be guided and helped as you choose your view and design.  I’ll be right there as you try what you’ve learned.  You will get plenty of one on one interaction that will help you realize your vision.  With your permission I will paint on your pallet to offer individualized suggestions that reaffirm what you’ve learned.  All the marks made on your panel will be yours.  The training wheels are off and I’m running beside you as you find your balance and way forward.


  • PAINT – Enjoy applying what you’ve learned as I make the rounds and offer suggestions when asked.  You will have as much help and guidance as you want to solidify what you’ve learned during our time together.
  • WRAPPING IT UP – We will wind up by presenting your beautiful paintings.  The three pieces you’ve created during our time together will be displayed and discussed.  You will have the opportunity to see how what you’ve internalized can be carried forward in effective ways and how our time together was a GAME CHANGER for you.  The finish is just as important as the process so please plan to stay to the end.
  • THE CHERRY ON TOP – Group photo and a send off that will leave you knowing you have so much to offer when you contribute authentically in your unique way using the new GAME CHANGING tools and techniques you’ve discovered over the past three days.

Thank you for trusting me with your resources, time and creativity.  I am joyfully in your service and looking forward to the beauty you will bring to the world.

Questions? email me at kwbrownfineart@gmail.com.

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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.

This is a list of personal supplies that I generally use and is quite typical of what most artists carry and use. The list is to be taken as a general guide, but please pay particular attention to the colors and panels/pads. I would like students to make sure they have a complete painting kit, just as if they were going out to paint on their own. Use what you have but make sure you have the basics.


  • Permalba White
  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale
  • Indian Yellow
  • Equity Orange
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Brilliant Pink
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Magenta
  • Dioxazine Violet
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Transparent Oxide Brown
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Kings Blue
  • Neutral Grey N5
  • Viridian
  • Sap Green
  • Phthalo Green Lake

Paint brands I recommend: (MH) Michael Harding, Rembrandt, (G) Gamblin, and Winsor & Newton.  No student grade paint! Your art is worth the good stuff.

Panels / Surfaces – Raymar Oil Primed Belgian Linen panels, Centurion Deluxe Oil primed Linen panels, Aluminum – alumacomp panels – any size. Stretched canvases are not recommended for some of the techniques I’ll be demonstrating. You will want a smooth, fine weave for some of the techniques I’ll be sharing with you.

Odorless Mineral Spirits will be provided by the Sedona Arts Center. Bring a small container with a tight-fitting lid.

Medium: Gamblin Solvent-free gel.  Gamblin Galkyd lite or Neo-Megilp or Michael Harding painting medium.

Brushes: Hog bristle or synthetic- at least two of each size 2 thru 12 (even numbers) filbert or flat.     I love Silver brushes. Also, A few soft bristle brushes in assorted sizes (sable, mongoose or badger hair). I prefer the Rosemary Master Series (I use all sizes and shapes).  Again bring what you have.

Palette knives: Whatever you like to use.

Extra Tools:

Pocket Level, latex exam gloves, paper towels, cotton tipped applicators – pointed. Sculpture pointed stick.

Bowl scrapers can be found at kitchen supply store.  You’ll see me use these each a lot.

Brush Cleaner: Bring a portable size brush cleaner with a lid to hold your solvent – there will be solvent at the Sedona Arts Center for you to pour into your container. I always carry two.  One clean for painting, and one that I clean my brushes with.

Shade Buddy Umbrella:  These are a bit more pricy but worth the investment.  Mine has survived many a storm.


Sketch pad:  Plus some assorted soft charcoal pencils and charcoal sticks and soho eraser.  You will  find it helpful to draw and take notes during the demo.

Wet panel carrier:  You will need some way to keep your wet paint safe.  I use a berry crate for my wet paint on pads. I absolutely love and Highly recommend the Raymar Panel Carrier but you can make due without. Raymar makes a great and simple carrier www.raymarart.com.

Palette:  glass, wood or plastic – whatever size fits inside your portable easel

Plein-Air easel–highly recommended:  Most artists paint outside and therefore have a plein-air easel setup that they like and are familiar with. These tend to take up less space and are easy for the students to move around.  If you do not have a Plein-Air easel please let me know and we will make arrangements.  My email is kwbrownfineart@gmail.com.

Supplies can be ordered from any of the following:

Daniel Smith – www.danielsmith.com

ASW Express – www.aswexpress.com

Blue Ridge – www.blueridgeartist.com

Jerry’s – www.jerrysartarama.com

Sourcetek – www.canvaspanels.com

Utrecht – www.utrechtart.com

Raymar – www.raymarart.com

Cheap Joe’s – www.cheapjoes.com

Amazon – www.amazon.com

Questions? email me at kwbrownfineart@gmail.com.

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 17, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 17, 2023.
  • 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.