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Gathering Beauty

A Study in Still Life Painting

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Still Life Painting Class


Supply List:

  • Sketchbook and/or paper for sketching (Strathmore Toned Grey or Toned Tan)
  • 140 lb. watercolor paper any size
  • Drawing pencils or graphite
  • Colored pencils (Prismacolor)
  • Artist pens
  • Acrylic heavy body paints in favorite colors
  • Oil pastels (Sennelier)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Camera for documenting
  • Stretched canvases in a variety of sizes
  • Artist grade watercolors *optional
  • Flower bouquets for inspiration or photographs


*These are the supplies that I will be using during this course. Feel
free to use whatever supplies you have on hand to paint and draw. There
is some flexibility in the supplies that we will using for this class.

This class originally aired on Jeanne Oliver's site.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse

In this course, you will be looking for quiet moments of beauty to document and capture in your creative practice.

You will spend time gathering all things beautiful and letting that spill out onto your canvases and paper. I will share some of my favorite tips for creating a beautiful and unique still life composition. You will explore still life sketching on paper and in art journals. You will play with different mediums to create one of kind paintings and drawings.

You will learn how to look with new eyes and study every day moments. I will share with you all of my favorite techniques for painting floral still life pieces.



Your Instructor


Wendy Brightbill
Wendy Brightbill

My name is Wendy Brightbill and I am somewhat of a creative wanderer, an artist who enjoys exploring a multitude of mediums and styles. I love messy child-like play especially when it involves paint. I picked up a paintbrush after a car accident rearranged my brain from a closed head injury. I believe that there is healing to be found in art making and getting lost in the process. I try not to treat my art as being too precious, and yet, I am deeply committed to my daily creative practice. Art making is a little like breathing air for me. I can’t live without it. I am also a mother to three beautiful girls and a wife of 17 years to my biggest cheerleader. I have lived in Colorado for all of my life. All I ever needed to know, I learned from being a kindergarten teacher for four years. I just turned forty and I am finding this new found super power of saying no to the things that don’t bring me joy or peace.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Did this class air on Jeanne Oliver's site?
Yes. This class was first introduced on Jeanne's site. It is the same content that I taught over a year ago.
Do I need any art experience to begin?
Possibly some basic art background is helpful but not necessary, only a willingness to learn.
How much instruction is included in this course?
There is over 5 hours of video instruction in this class.
What primary mediums do I need to take this class?
Acrylic paints.

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