to be announced for 2020
Eastsound area, Orcas Island

Are greens your nemesis? You will conquer them with this one day class by learning how to see and paint greens with more than one color!

Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

You will learn in this day:

  • How to distinguish between the light and dark greens in a landscape
  • How to make deep rich greens in shadows
  • How to change to the light greens where sun hits to the shadow
  • The role of the negative shapes in your greens
  • Which pigments to choose and why
  • How to see the forest rather than the trees
  • How to bring the feeling of sunlight into your forest
  • The difference between what we assume and what we see

Madronas in Deep Shade

We will be painting at several different locations but will not be far from the cars. We will not be trying for landscape paintings but studies of different groupings of trees.  Once you understand how to get attractive greens in our subjects, you can use this lesson any time — adjusting it to the subject, even using the same approach to other hues besides green.

Getting there:

We will be painting at Knapp farm – 9:30 – 3:30 with a short break for lunch (feel free to bring yours).  Once on Orcas, drive through Eastsound on Main St, past Crescent Beach to the T corner at Olga Rd. Turn Left.

Continue straight – don’t turn left with the road at the bottom of the hill). On the right, halfway to the north shore, is a sign Buckhorn Rd.  Turn right.  Watch for the driveway on the left with a minature library box, there will be a sign for the class. Turn in and park up by the house, nose in, on the right.

Lodging information

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Highway I-5 to exit 230, route 20. Turn west and follow the road through Anacortes to the ferry (obeying the 30 mph speed limit!) – drive is a half hour from I-5, exit 230.


From Anacortes

Assuming you don’t come the day before, it will probably be a pretty early ferry. For schedule information, see the Washington State Ferries Web site or call 1-888-808-7977. The You need to get a reservation and must be through the toll booth 31 minutes before the published sailing time. You will need reservations for both coming and going.

Because of the cost of ferry tickets, I will purchase a bulk book of fares.  If you wish, a month before the class you may send me a check for the ticket (price is about $30 as of this writing), half that of an individual ticket.  I will mail you an e-ticket  ticket for car and driver. Let me know if your car is under 14 ft, the rate is less.  The tickets are round trip.

If you are coming from Friday Harbor, or other San Juan Islands, we will try to make the hours compatible with that schedule too.

Once on Orcas, you follow the traffic left from the ferry for about 10 miles until you head down a hill and can see water again.  You make a right onto Main Street in Eastsound.  Directions will be given closer to time where exactly we will meet.


We will be painting and looking at greens, changing locations several times. I will try to keep the locations so you don’t need to walk very far from your car but you will still need to keep your set-up simple.

A stool or low seat like a beach chair works because you then can put your palette and water on the ground.  If you bring a regular height chair you need to bring something  like a table for your palette and water.  You may bring an easel but since we are changing locations the setting up and taking down becomes a time lose.

You will also need:

  • 4 or more 1/4 sheets of Arches 140 lb cold press paper
  • a board larger than your  1/4 sheet of paper

a palette that includes yellow, orange,  a staining (dye) green such as pthalo, a dye blue such as pthalo, violet and anything else you wish.  My palette is in the general list: recommendation for supplies .

other stuff:

  • Two water containers – keep them small like one-portion yogurt containers
  • 1 qt water
  • tissue (TP works best) inside a qt-sized yogurt container
  • sunglasses, sun block, hat, jacket in case of a cool wind
  • the pad or small chair
  • something to carry it in – recommend a back pack
  • lunch


Send either a $50 deposit to hold your place, balance due at the start of class on June 26, or the full $80 deposit to

Buchanan Watercolor Ltd

PO Box 218 Olga WA 98279

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