Success with Plein Air Painting

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Success with Plein Air Painting
with Krystal W. Brown
October 31 – November 2, 2021


My first plein air event was scary, and at that time I never imagined that my work would be featured in Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwestern Art and that I’d receive – Best in Show, Artists Choice, People’s Choice, Best Quick Draw, Plein Air Salon OverAll, Best Category and other top awards. Four years ago I didn’t understand how Plein Air Painting would open the world to me and that I would find one of my greatest joys and an incredible community. Even if you don’t want to participate in organized events I can get you through the scary bits and to painting SUCCESSFULLY in Plein Air.

  • How to compose and simplify the scene.
  • How to remain faithful to the focal point and lead the viewer to it.
  • How to capture the essence and feel of a place.
  • How to create atmosphere and depth.
  • How to mix and use color harmonies.

Paint in oil or acrylic.  You can see my process as I demo the first morning and I’ll be right beside you as you apply what you’ve learned in the afternoon. You will paint better, express your vision more successfully and have a great time going through the process together. Helping you create your art is something I love to do by teaching techniques that will allow you to paint your view and add your voice. In the creation of your art, you are enriched and in the sharing of your art you enrich others.  I wish I would have had the opportunity to attend a workshop like the one I’ve prepared for you!  You will return home ready to tackle any environment, event, or trip where you want to paint outdoors.


In-Person Classes
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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
Dioxazine Violet
Ultramarine Blue
Transparent Oxide Brown
Cobalt Blue
Kings Blue
Neutral Grey N5
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. 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

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.


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

  • A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
  • Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
  • If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
  • If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important 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.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.