Contemporary Portrait in Acrylic

In 1983, Amy Huddleston began formally studying Fine Art at the University of Montana with a focus on ceramics and painting, followed by Commercial Art at the Art Institute of Seattle about a year or two later. I left both institutions early to study painting independently.

Huddleston works predominantly in acrylic, and occasionally, casein. She originally created representational works which were not based on observation. Now she works entirely from observation, with a muted and limited palette.

Currently, through her new understanding of observing, she makes small works to help refine the “how” of her process and integrating more color into her palette by experimenting on smaller panels.

Saturday, Sunday
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Heavy paper, like an acrylic paper canvas pad. Watercolor paper will also work. Canvas or hardboard panels are also ok. But, paper is lighter and easy to cut into smaller pieces. 12×16, 11×14 are good sizes. A bit larger is ok.
  • Acrylic paint (I prefer Golden, and artists grade will do stay away from “Basics” brand):
    • White (Titanium or what you have on hand)
    • Black (bone, ivory, carbon, what you have on hand)
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Yellow Ochre
  • Brushes (basic)
    • Rounds sizes 2, 4, 6, 8
    • Filberts sizes 2, 4, 6, 8
  • 18×24 clipboard or, other type of hard surface to tape your paper to.
  • Painting palette, a large plate, cookie sheet, butcher tray. This is something you will use to mix colors on and hold the paint you are using.
  • Container for water, to clean your bushes.
  • Paper towel or rags
  • Painters tape to tape your paper to your board

Please contact me with any questions. 425-770-5018 text ok

Introduce yourself to the basic principles of acrylic portrait painting. We will cover palettes, supports, mediums, basic color principles, and basic composition while exploring color, texture, and transparent/opaque use of acrylic paint in producing a realist portrait painting. While working to gain an understanding of the painting medium, Huddleston will challenge you to translate concepts into images.