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Santa Cruz Sunset (Online Class)

with Kari Ganoung Ruiz


Tuesday, July 27, 5:00-7:00pm EST (Advanced Beginner and Up)

In this session we will explore a California sunset, and talk about using complementary colors. Kari will demonstrate the compositional sketch, initial block in, and painting finish using oil color. Along the way, she’ll discuss atmospheric perspective and achieving a feeling of light in your paintings!


  • Rigid painting panel 9”x12” aspect ratio with white surface we will be toning during class
  • Oil colors: white, cool yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light), warm yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), cool red (Quinacridone Red), warm red (Cadmium Red Medium), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
  • Mineral spirits, paper towels, brushes: an array of synthetic long and short flats, paper (or sketchbook), pencil, eraser, reference photo printed out

Click here to view/download the reference image for class!

Reminder - This painting and the sole use of it are the property of Kari Ganoung Ruiz and may not be reproduced without permission. Paintings done in this workshop are for study purpose only and should not be sold or represented as the participant's original work.

About the Instructor:
Kari Ganoung Ruiz was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After receiving her BS in Fine Art Painting from Ashland University in Ohio, Kari and her husband Photographer Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio and Gallery featuring fine art. An encouraging response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a much larger location. Due to theincreased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut intostudio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. In 2014, the couple moved the gallery online in order to allow both ofthem to travel and move forward with their artistic careers. Kari and Diego now travel the US, capturing the landscape as they experience it. Awards include Best in Show Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival in New York 2017, First Place Quick Draw at Lighthouse Plein Air Festival in Florida 2018, Grand Prize Two Rivers PleinAir Festival in Texas 2019, and Grand Prize Adirondack Plein Air in New York in 2020. Kari’s work is held in public and private collections across the United States and Canada, most recently added to the collection ofthe Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.

On Instagram as @kariganoungruiz

On facebook as @KGRuizArt

  • Jul 27th, 2021
    from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Zoom Room - Santa Cruz Sunset

For directions, call us at (518) 523-2512

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