Portrait Painting in Oils

Nicholas Enevoldsen is an emerging artist living and working in the Seattle metropolitan area. At the Laguna College of Art & Design, in Laguna Beach, California, he received a BFA in Studio Art along with various awards and scholarships, including the coveted “Passport to China” scholarship in 2006. After graduating, he devoted four years of intensive study at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. As a student, he was appointed ‘Principal Instructor’ for the Intensive Drawing Program and awarded the “Fourth Year Prize” providing an additional year of specialization.

Nicholas has since completed his MFA at the Lesley University College of Art & Design, in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocated to Seattle where he actively draws and paints and serves as ‘Adjunct Professor’ at Shoreline Community College and ‘Instructor’ at the Kirkland Arts Center.

6:30-9:30 P.M.
Live Model
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • Stretched canvas, linen, or wood panel: any size between 16 x 20 in. – 24 x 36 in
  • Canvas/gesso board 16 x 20 in.
  • Paint. Colors:
    • Burnt Umber (Windsor & Newton Artist Series = W/N)
    • Raw Umber (W/N)
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue (recommended)
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Sienna (W/N)
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Yellow Ochre Pale (W/N)
    • Titanium Nickel Yellow (Old Holland)
    • Titanium White or Cremnitz White
  • Brushes: I use different types of brushes for various tasks applying ‘the right tool for the right job’. You are welcome to bring previously owned brushes or comparable brush types to class, however I will present and discuss various types of brushes and my experiences with each of them in class, and recommend the following:
    • General Usage: Royal & Langnickel: Vienna Series (7500F) White synthetic bristle. Sizes: 1, 2 (Flats) 4, 6 (Filberts not brights)
    • Detail/Refinement Brushes: Raphael: Martre-Red Sable (862) Sizes: 6, 8, 10 (Pointed Filbert or Round)
  • Palette: Wood, glass, or paper
  • Palette Knife (medium size diamond shape)
  • Refined Linseed or Walnut Oil
  • Metal Cups (for containing oils)
  • Vine Charcoal: soft or medium
  • Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
  • Brush Cleaning Jar
  • Plastic Tupperware container (for preserving paint mixtures)
  • Paper Towels
Working from portrait models under the guidance of former principal instructor of the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, Nicholas Enevoldsen, you will study the essential techniques and concepts of proportion, line, value, volume, structure and composition. Our focus will be on the basic tenets of drawing applied to the human form as well as learning to think visually, translating what we see into a compelling portrait.