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Mountain Springs Cabins North Carolina

Plein Air Painting with
David Santillanes

May 2–5, 2016

Lodging Dates: Arrival May 2, Departure May 6, 2016
3 Day Workshop May 3 - 5, 2016

All Levels

Tuition: $1150.00
(includes 4 nights lodging, some meals)
See Materials List Below




Beautiful Mountain Springs Cabins will be our base camp for the workshop allowing for wonderful vistas and intimate scenes to work with as motifs right outside our doors. Optional day-trips to beautiful waterfalls, Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain panoramas and the vast Biltmore estate are also possible.

David Santillanes will lead this workshop in plein air painting teaching his methods and process for achieving depth and effective composition using all of these motifs. Evenings will allow for some group critique of the day's work. Demonstrations and individual attention while painting will round out this five-day immersion.

Price Includes:
4 nights lodging at beautiful Mountain Springs Cabins
Continental Breakfast Daily
Welcome Dinner May 2

Private Cabin Tuition: $1150.00
Deposit: $500.00
Balance: $650.00 Due March 30, 2016

Non-student spouse or partner (sharing room) can be accommodated for $400 inclusive of group meals.

Locals to the Asheville area can register for the workshop at a rate that includes the workshop and specified meals for $700.00. However you must call the Sedona Arts Center to register and you must reside in the Asheville area.

Cancellation Policy: $500 deposit is non-refundable. After balance is paid on March 30, 2016 there are no refunds on the total amount. It is recommended that you purchase travel insurance which can protect you by refunding monies paid if you need to cancel your trip due to an emergency. Travel insurance is very affordable and can protect you in other ways as well. If the Arts Center cancels the expedition for any reason, all payments will be refunded.

Not Included: Meals (other than specified), Travel Expenses, Painting materials (Mona Lisa Mineral Spirits will be provided), (see list below)



Workshop Materials List

Dave Santillanes Workshop
Recommended Supply List


Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. At the very least you'll want to include a large tube of each of the primary colors plus White. Any professional grade will do!

Titanium White (large tube)
Yellow Ochre
Ultramarine Blue*
Cadmium Orange
Cobalt Blue
Alizarin Crimson*
Cadmium Red
Transparent Red Oxide
Cadmium Yellow Light*
Sap Green
Cold Gray (Rembrandt)


Flats, Brights, or Filberts recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes:2,6,8,10,12,16 but make sure to include BIG brushes! A small Sable flat and Small sable round or riggerare also useful.


At least 10 canvas panels OR primed or gessoed panels (MDF). Stretched canvas not recommended. Keep sizes between 8x10 and 12x16.

Palette Knife
Paper Towels
Odorless Mineral Spirits will be provided
Wet Canvas Carrier
Lightweight Easel
I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (The Prolific, Strada, Open Box M, Guerrilla Painter, Soltek, etc.). A Julian French Easel (half-box) is a bit cumbersome but will also be acceptable.
Drinking Water
Landscape photos/studio reference materials in case of inclement weather.

Additional Items to Consider:

Backpack - Though 'hiking' is not required at all for this workshop it is a great idea to have everything you need fit in one bag with hands free!
Trash bags
Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)
Sun Hat
Painters Umbrella
Dress in Layers
Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange)
Insect Repellant

Suggested Reading,
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting


David Santillanes

Artists Statement

"As my painting style continues to evolve my goal with each piece is not a literal rendering of the scene.  Instead it is to capture and convey its essence.

In terms of composition, I look for simplicity. I've found that there are many opportunities to simplify a scene without compromising its sense of "place". Therefore I'll seek out the big abstract shapes in the landscape and  use them for the underlying design concept. And because I've departed from a literal interpretation, I'm free to rearrange elements to fit this concept.In this way I am able to describe the scene in my own "words".

Finally, capturing the essence of a landscape involves a realistic rendering of color, light and atmosphere.  This requires direct observation and is why most of my paintings begin in the field with a plein air study.   But studying the physical aspects of nature isn't the only reason I paint outdoors; for me, the sensory experience of being there is equally important. There's no better way to get to know a place on earth than to sit for a couple of hours and contemplate it while painting. This intense observation brings a spiritual intimacy with the scene that can't be achieved in mere passing and allows me to "speak" with complete sincerity in each painting."

Recent Awards
2014 People's Choice Award - Maui Plein Air Invitational
2013 Best of Show - Grand Teton National Park Plein Air Event
2013 - Merit Award Sedona Plein Air Festival
2012 Best Painting - Main Street Paintout - 8th Annual Sedona Plein Air Invitational
2011 - Best Painting - Main Street Paintout - 7th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
2011 - Best of Show - Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational
2010 - Bronze Medal Award - Oil Painters of America 19th National Show, Scottsdale, AZ
2010 - Judges Award - Grand Canyon Celebration of Art, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
2010 - People's Choice - Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Show, Crested Butte, CO
2006 - Artist's Choice - Estes Park Plein Air, Estes Park, CO

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