Landscape Painting: Spring Trees

Kathleen Moore is a visual artist who paints with oil colors or soft pastel to capture moments of awe, from vast, stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement by a single flower. “The natural world,” Moore explains, “has an overwhelming power to make you stop and and reconsider your position and role on the planet. I paint to record a sensation of interconnectedness and fragility of life. This is why the arts are so important, they serve as reminders that we are at once greater, and lesser, than we believe.”

Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”

Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.

4/9-6/11 (no class 5/28)
1:30-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 6 to 8 canvases or panels – 16×20 inches max
  • 1 Canvas Pad – 9×12” (Fredrix or similar)
  • Sketchbook
  • Artist’s Colors NOT student-grade paints – oil or acrylic
    • White – titanium/zinc mix)
    • Nickel titanite yellow)
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Yellow ochre
    • Burnt umber
    • Cadmium red light
    • Alizarin crimson permanent
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cerulean blue
  • Painting medium:
    • For oils: my favorite is Gamblin Galkyd Gel Medium – gel form in tube
    • For acrylics: slow dry acrylic medium
  • Soft Brushes
    • Filberts: 6,4,2
    • Brights: 4
    • Rounds: 12, 4
  • Hog-Bristle Brushes
    • Filbert: 8
    • Flat: 10, 8
  • House painting brush (trim brush) – 3”
  • Palette—suggested: Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal box with glass or disposable pallet 12×16 inch
  • Small jar with lid
  • Pencils for sketching
  • 1 piece chalk or white pastel
  • Plastic sheet protectors for your reference photos
  • 1 black dry erase marker
  • 3-ring binder for your reference photos and color charts
Explore how to accurately render a variety of tree forms and the texture of foliage while expressing each tree’s unique character. Working from both photos and plein air, as weather permits, we will learn the basic skills of interpreting light and shadow to render volumes in space and gain an understanding of the dynamic structure of arboreal forms.