Dave Santillanes  May, Pueblo

George Strickland  June, Cotopaxi

Teresa Vito  July, Cordillera

Kim English   August, Cotopax

Randall Sexton August, Cotopaxi

Michelle Torrez, Cordillera


Kim English  June,  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  June, Cotopaxi

Don Demers, August, Cotopaxi

Lorenzo Chavez, September, Cotopaxi

Michael J Lynch, September, LaVeta




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Since 1990, we've been offering fine art instruction through plein air and studio workshops in a variety of locations. Artists may choose an all-inclusive package in a Premium workshop retreat; or a workshop in which the participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals.


A special thanks to all of the extraordinary artists that I have had the good fortune to meet in the workshops over the years. It is a fantastic journey and I am grateful! - Marty Brens












Dave Santillanes materials list



Dave Santillanes

Plein Air Supply List



Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. At the very least you’ll want to include a large tube of each of the primary colors plus White. Any professional grade will do!

Titanium White (large tube)

Yellow Ochre


Ultramarine Blue*

Cadmium Orange

Cobalt Blue #

Alizarin Crimson*

Cadmium Red

Transparent Red Oxide (Rembrandt)

Cadmium Yellow Medium*

Sap Green #

Cold Gray (Rembrandt) #

 * primaries

# optional colors


Flats, Brights, or Filberts recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes: 2,6,8,10,12 but make sure to include your BIG brushes (12+)!. A small round is also recommended. Bristle Brushes work for Canvas but softer synthetic brushes are better for smoother panels. If in doubt use a mix of both.

Painting Support

At least 8 canvas (or linen) panels --OR-- 5 primed/sealed or gessoed panels (MDF).** Two per day

Recommended sizes between 8x10 and 12x16.

 **I’ll be using quarter-inch MDF panels sized with Lineco Acid-Free glue and then primed/sealed with B-I-N from Zinsser

 Palette Knife (preferably with a long angled edge for mixing paint)

 Paper Towels and Small trash bags

 Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol and brush cleaning container (i.e. coffee can)

 Lightweight Easel - I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (The Prolific, Strada, Open Box M, Guerrilla

Painter, Soltek, etc.). A Julian French Easel (half-box) is a bit cumbersome but will also be acceptable. Most Field Easels also require a sturdy tri-pod (camera tripod with a large mounting plate).


Additional Items to Consider:

Backpack                                             Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)

Sun Hat or Painters Umbrella Dress in Layers

Sunscreen                                           Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange)

Insect Repellant


Suggested Reading:

Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson