Exploring Abstract Foundations

William Wray

October 28–30, 2017

Meets 10–5 on the first day
9–4 on subsequent days.
Note: For plein air workshops:
After the first day the instructor may alter times
depending on light, locations and weather.




Creating the comprehensive (abstract shape) foundation stage of a painting is the focus of this workshop. Students work small in oil or acrylic with limited values and simple massed forms. Class is designed for the student struggling with starting their painting confidently or the long time artist who wants to add a strong composition based abstract foundation to their work.

The class will concentrate on that critical beginning of a painting, working very small with limited values. If you want to break your same old rendering habits and find a simpler expressive style, this class is for you.

Instructor will give short beginning lecture and quick demo, then personalized painting demonstrations with each student as the day progresses tailored to the individual?s painting level. Class is outside from life and in studio from your own photography.


Class meets 9–5 on the first day at the Sedona Arts Center.

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.




Suggested Materials List

Suggested Materials

I would prefer oil or acrylic, but Watercolor, gouache and pastels are ok. The basics apply to all, but my working with you in some media may not be as facile.

You don't have to get all this stuff, it's over kill, and the minimum basics are fine.

The main thing to remember is we are painting small mostly 2X3? at first. Some will get to go bigger other students will stay small until they get a breakthrough. Be sure to bring your own photos with clear contrasts and interesting shapes. Remember to double-check your kit, we always forget something.

EASELS - Either a full or half French easel for beginners or on a higher end budget, pochade box with tripod. Remember this is for portable use painting outside. Please don?t bring an easel designed just to put paintings on. They don?t work.

Pencil, charcoal or three values of grey markers and a sketchbook.

BRUSHES & PALETTE KNIFE - For oils and acrylics, #5, #3 and #1 bristle Flat and a small rigger for detail stuf. A palette knife is useful for all
Mediums. Be sure to get the kind with the inverted handle rather than the
More awkward model shaped like a table knife.

PALETTE - Wood or Plexiglas/ glass.

PAINTING SURFACES - Canvas board least 4 panels for class in sizes of 6x8 or 8x10 these you will break up into several paintings on one.

Arts Center will supply Mona Lisa Solvents and a can for solvent recycling A brush cleaning jar with a coiled wire on the bottom (Silicoil makes one for about $5). I like the Hoblein metal container with the inside
Separator. Gamblin and Windsor Newton are the best cheap brands, Hoblein is my favoritefor advanced work. No water based oil if you can help it.

Alizarin crimson
Cadmium red light
Cadmium orange
Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium yellow light, pale or lemon
Both ultramarine and cobalt
If your lazy like me add yellow Ochre, Sap Green and Mineral Violet or Dioxide Purple.

Large tube of titanium white I like Rembrandt nice and creamy is the rule.
MEDIUMS - linseed if you want, not really necessary till advanced.

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF - Big, big hat (a must), sun block, Paper towels or rags for cleaning, trash bag. Razor blade scraper for your palette, clamp on umbrella.

For your easel (a must), sketchbook, pencil, a digital camera and a backpack you don?t care about for all your stuff.

About William Wray

After a Nomadic childhood traveling the world William Wray began working in the animation business as a teen-ager eventually enrolling in The Art Students League in New York to study fine art in the late Eighties. Not empathetic to the conceptual art world all around him near his loft in Soho, William went back to work in the commercial field. He is best known for his painting style on the Ren and Stimpy Show, comic books and his work in Mad Magazine.

During a concentrated series of oil painting workshops over the last 10 years William developed a maturing reformation of his realistic art style into a more-abstraction based approach. William is currently panting the disappearing humble urban landscape subjects of California that he grew up with, Hollywood Blvd, Super Heroes and Abstracts.








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