Detail from oil portrait, Little Miss Sunshine, by Talya Johnson

Oil portrait workshop with Talya Johnson

3-DAY OIL PORTRAIT PAINTING FROM A PHOTO WORKSHOP! Painted Ladies, Inc., are proud to present this fabulous workshop with our very own, Talya Johnson! October 17, 18, and 19, 2014 10am – 4pm with a half our break for lunch Jennifer deWeber Studios 4810 NW 387th St, Woodland, Wa 98674 $350 for three days From concept,…

Karen and I were really able to spread out in our tent at the back of the Kolstad homestead.

Plein air weekend!

I’m really excited to participate in this event again! Please join me and Karen Whitworth. Invite your friends and help us spread the word! The Plein Air Painters of Alaska Present: THE SIXTH ANNUAL “Plein Air Weekend” 5801 Barry Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507 907-333-0793 E. on Abbott Rd. Right turn on Birch, 1st left Barry Ave….

Oil Painting Path to Nowhere by Talya Johnson

Path to Nowhere

There are two weeks in June when the Eklutna Flats in the Mat-Su valley are washed with the deep blue and violet of wild irises. Prickly roses, Shooting Stars, and Chocolate Lilies provide lovely touches of contrast to the display. While quite visible from the highway, vehicles zoom past at 65 miles per hour, their…

Detail of Forbidden Fruit oil painting study by Talya Johnson

Forbidden Fruit–an artist’s stand against chromophobia

After being highly highly valued for centuries, color became forbidden fruit,.associated with loose reasoning, slack morals, and unrestrained living. In this extreme climate, reason, conformity, and moral rectitude ruled. Color, like emotion, was to be managed, controlled, and subdued.”