Mark Russell - Abstraction in Nature: Digging Deeper in Oils, Cold Wax and Other Mediums (Online); Mondays, May 10-June 7, 2021 (no class May 31)

Date: Mondays, May 10-June 7, 2021 (no class May 31)
Time: 12:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time (3:00-6:00 PM Eastern Time)
Level: Advanced –  experience in oil painting with cold wax medium recommended
Medium: Oil and cold wax

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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. You will also have access to recordings of the class that will expire 30 days after the final day of the course.

To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.

You will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Find out how to access the class group message board here. 

Challenge yourself to dig deeper and further develop your work. Gain more experience and confidence through further exploration in your oil painting practice.

  • Discussions on composition, planning, and editing to “build” a painting.
  • Experiment with additional techniques to add texture, unique mark-making and layering to your paintings.
  • Further explore how to create special effects with Galkyd, Galkyd Gel and Neo Megilp.
  • Instructor demonstrations each week. Demos and examples will have a landscape focus. Experienced artists can translate these ideas and techniques to the focus of your own nature-based work.
  • Group critique sessions each week.


This workshop is for the student who has experience in oil painting with cold wax medium. You do not need to have taken Mark’s previous online workshop, however students will benefit from having previous workshop participation with Mark or experience in oil painting with cold wax medium.

Mark Russell has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 30 years. He has exhibited his work in group shows, in galleries and museums across the country and won numerous awards. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. He has degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

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