Painting Lavender On Whidbey Island

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.

9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Workshop takes place offsite
Lavender Wind Farm
2530 Darst Rd.
Coupeville, WA

Driving Directions:

  • Getting here is half the fun (if you like mazes).
  • Get to Whidbey Island either via the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry on Rt. 525 (north of Seattle), the Port Townsend/Keystone Ferry on Rt. 20 (north end of the Kitsap Peninsula), or via the bridge at Deception Pass on the north end of Whidbey Island south of Anacortes on Rd. 20
  • From Coupeville go about 3 or so miles north on Rt. 20 after the light at Coupeville take Libby Rd. (Left).
  • From Oak Harbor go about 6 miles south on Rt. 20 and then take Libbey Rd. (Right).
  • Once on Libbey Rd.
  • Go 1/2 mile and take a right on West Beach Rd. Go another 1/2 mile and take a left on Darst Rd. Then you’ll see the sign for Lavender Wind Farm.
Paper/Canvas/Sculpting Material:

  • 2 or 3 gessoed panels – 11”x14” is a good size. If you like to paint larger:16”x20” MAX.
  • Sketchbook

Paint/Color/Dry media: It is very important that you use professional artist quality paints. Student-grade paint may look like a bargain but it has less pigment and more filler than professional quality paint. Artist’s colors (NOT student-grade paints) – oil or acrylic:

  • White – titanium or titanium/zinc mix
  • Nickel titanite yellow also known as titanite yellow (Golden Acrylics makes this color)
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Yellow ochre
  • Burnt umber
  • Cadmium red light
  • Alizarin crimson permanent (or Quinacridone Magenta for acrylic painters)
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Ivory black
  • Ultramarine violet

Painting medium:

  • For oils: (my favorite is Gamblin Galkyd Gel Medium – gel-form in tube)
  • For acrylics: slow dry acrylic medium

Brush/Pencils/Sculpting tools:Range of brushes—bring what you have! Scruffy brushes are great for landscape painting:

  • Soft Brushes:
    • Flats: 6,4,2
    • Rounds: 12, 4
    • Liners/riggers: long, thin 2
  • Hog-Bristle Brushes:
    • Filbert: 8
    • Flat: 10, 8


  • Palette
  • Small jar with lid
  • Pencils for sketching


  • Vinyl disposable gloves (find at drugstore)

Plein Air Supplies:

  • a folding/easy to carry easel
  • a small folding stool
  • a bag or rolling cart to carry your supplies into the field
  • a way to transport wet canvases (Guerrilla Painter Handy Porters are my favorite).

Protection from the elements:

  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • umbrella
  • jacket/layers, etc.


  • snacks
  • water
  • medications, etc.
  • sack lunch

Additional notes: We will be in the lavender farm all day. Be sure to bring a sack lunch and some cash in case you want to purchase lavender lemonade or other lavender goodies at the farm.

Consider carpooling!

Head out on a plein-air painting expedition to paint the lavender fields of Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey Island! Students will focus on finding a suitable painting location; developing a pleasing composition; simplifying the complexity of nature; using linear and trial perspective; and developing their color mixing skills in oil or acrylic while enjoying the fragrant setting.