Observing Abstractly

Eric Elliott received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Washington in Seattle and his BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Elliott completed a yearlong artist residency at the Jerusalem Studio School, Israel in 2014. He was the 2009 winner of the Behnke Foundation’s Neddy Artist Fellowship, he received the Seattle Art Museum’s 2008 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award, and he was in the 2009 Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. Elliott is represented by the James Harris Gallery in Seattle and currently lives in Grand Junction, Colorado where he works as the Assistant Professor of Painting at Colorado Mesa University.
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Georgetown
Drawing Supplies

  • Drawing Paper – get a white smooth 18”x24” drawing paper like Strathmore (don’t get newsprint)
  • Vine Charcoal: assorted sizes – soft or extra soft
  • A graphite pencil
  • An eraser (white or pink)

Paint: (Oil or Acrylic Paint)

  • Titanium White (Titanium-Zinc preferred)
  • Ultramarine Blue (or French Ultramarine)
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Alizarin Crimson and/or Quinacridone Red
  • Cadmium Red Medium
  • Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Hansa Yellow Light or Lemon Yellow

Optional colors:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Dioxazine Violet
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cadmium Orange (or similar orange)
  • Cadmium Green (or similar green- I like Utrecht’s Brilliant Green, Permanent Green Light is good too)

Brushes: An assortment of flats, brights, rounds, filberts that you like (bristle and/or synthetic, synthetic recommended). At a minimum, please include some mid-size bright, flat, or filbert brushes (roughly a ½ inch in size, synthetic), and a smaller round for detail work.

Canvas: Canvas Pad (16”x20”) (make sure its canvas not canvas paper; canvas boards or panels are okay too).

Solvent and/or Mediums and extras:

For Oil Only:

  • Gamblin Gamsol (provided by Gage, but you may want a small bottle for painting at home)
  • Gamblin Galkyd (or other Alkyd medium) (small bottle) (you can also get Gamblin’s solvent free medium, or Galkyd gel)
  • Small bottle of baby oil (optional, but great for getting paint off skin)

For Acrylic Only: (Liquitex or Golden are the best quality acrylic brands)

  • Small spray bottle (that sprays a good mist- not stream of water)
  • Flow Release (optional)
  • Retarder (optional). Adding a little mixture of flow release and retarder you can slow down the drying time of acrylic paints)


  • Palette: A flat piece of Glass or Plexiglass is best (get one at least 10”x12” but a little bigger, closer to 12”x16”, would be better, palette paper is fine, and do not get a palette with cups in it)
  • Masking Tape, Painters Tape, and/or Clips (to hold canvas/paper to board)
  • 18”x24” board (to tape or clip paper/canvas to, a drawing board works fine)
  • 2 Palette knives (metal pallet knives, not too small not too big)
  • 2 Jars with lids (for cleaning brushes) For Oil: (get try to get a coil jar if you can)
  • Rags (lint free, old t-shirt is fine) (and/or a roll of good paper towels or blue shop towels)
  • Smock or apron (optional, but recommended)
  • Plastic wrap (optional- to save wet paint – something like Saran Wrap)
  • Disposable Nitrile or Latex Gloves (if you want to keep your hands clean)
The world we see is made up of a complex network of interlocking abstract shapes, and in this workshop we will examine the natural world and interpret the colors, shapes, and edges that surround us. Through still life studies, you will explore various techniques and tools to help you see the abstraction that is in front of you and translate it into dynamic observational drawings and paintings.