One of the biggest complaints painters have is mixing colors that stay clean on their canvas. Students will learn how the pallet knife can achieve crisp, clean paintings, even when working alla prima (all at once). Most painters incorporate some pallet knife techniques, even if they prefer brushes overall. By identifying values and massing (blocking in) large shapes, students will see better results early on and spend less time “fixing” their work later. Adding deliberate texture or subduing texture throughout the process will be discussed. These strategies combined with good elements make for more confident, successful paintings.

Workshop dates April 6, 7 & 8


Barbara Mulleneaux


Barbara Mulleneaux Workshop Instructor Tubac School of Fine Art LLCIn 1994 I moved to Arizona with my husband and two young children from Los Angeles. I had always dabbled in art but not in college!
I wanted to brush up on drawing skills and took classes at the Tucson Museum of Art, followed by painting classes. Then I started working in an open studio setting until my teacher “turned me out”. I joined the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society and found myself enjoying the challenge of outdoor landscape painting. Continuing with workshops and self study, I eventually served as president of that organization. I’ve been painting outdoors ever since but enjoy studio work with figure and still life as well.
I started teaching several years ago, first in ceramics (a whole ‘nother story) and later in painting, my first love. Although I started with acrylics, once I was introduced to oils I never looked back! I work mostly with a pallet knife – kind of like sculpting with paint! This is my passion, my joy and I love to teach!
See more of Barbara’s work here.

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