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Layered Forest Painting
Mati McDonough

Class Description

In this class we will be painting on large-scale canvas to create a layered painting of a colorful forest scene. We will paint large trees with birds, nests, beehives, deer and all sorts of whimsical animals you might see or imagine in the forest. Using multiple techniques and collage materials we will create a layered painting where we'll experiment with color, abstraction, collage, composition, playing with mediums and have fun making beautiful expressive art.
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Students Should Bring:

  • 12 x 12 canvas (or larger scale of your choice)
  • 6+ sheets or pad of Cold press Watercolor paper for experimentation
  • Journal for sketching
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint- 5+ tubes of your favorite colors plus Titanium White and Mars Black(I like a combination of Golden heavy body and Liquitex soft bodied)
  • Matte medium- Golden Soft Gel Matte Medium
  • Disposable Palate Paper
  • Brushes - variety of sizes (3-5)
  • Ephemera - collection of collage images, photocopies, photos, patterns, paper and magazines to cut up
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Masking Tape
  • Paper towels
  • Brayer


  • Silver or Gold Leaf kit ( http://www.dickblick.com/zz270/13/)
  • Transfer paper - for transferring sketches
  • Varnish - to put on top of your painting to make it shiny
  • Doilies - lace or paper
  • Sewing patterns
  • Adirondack Re-Inkers in earthy colors
  • Background stamps of patterns, birds, leaves, etc.
  • Small can of Spray paint in color of choice
  • Paint pens- black is helpful for detail work

Artist Bio

Mati Rose McDonough is a painter and illustrator who lives and works in San Francisco in the studio behind her home. Mati Rose is a busy artist who balances showing around the country, illustration projects, licensing deals and her own designs on shirts, bags and necklaces. She hopes that this is just the beginning. Mati is currently inspired by teaching a painting class in Italy and Utah, bike riding to North Beach for lattes, art retreats and her artist husband Hugh.

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