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Color Boot Camp - All About Color - Concept, Perception and Usage with Susan Diehl

with Susan Diehl


It is never too early or too late to learn more about color! In this workshop, students will explore color theory and color mixing, learning about pigments and their attributes, modern vs. mineral, transparency and opacity, and the color within the color. 

Join us for a Five Day Workshop taught by Award Winning Artist Susan Diehl.

When: Sept 4th - Sept 8th,  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Artists Reception at home of Jamie Lightfoot, Sept. 6th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

All levels are welcome. Susan will be working with oil paint but all painting mediums are welcome.

The workshop will emphasize identifying the color value, intensity, and temperature of color but mostly how to see and identify it for mixing purposes.    

Other topics will include color perspective, concepts for creating the illusion of space, mixing techniques, and mediums that create color effects. 

Most of the first three days will be spent seated at tables in a hands-on learning environment, mixing color combinations and ranges. The goal is to study a practical way of thinking about discovery and invention in color mixing, i.e., seeing a color, conceptualizing a color, and then knowing how to mix it. Students will acquire techniques and ways to think to fill their color needs, which, through use, will become fluid and subconscious.

Students will paint simple still-life objects from life for the last two days and learn to produce the desired colors, reinforcing the concepts and techniques covered in the first three days. 

About Susan Diehl

I was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. My life's journey into painting began as a small girl. My sister was always reading, and I was always drawing. I studied fine art at the University of WI, but my real training began when I moved to Seattle, WA, and met my mentor, Ron Lukas, who taught in the Russian Impressionist tradition. While living in the Northwest, I met William F. Reese, who has profoundly influenced my art career.

After 12 years of painting in that part of the country, I moved with my husband, artist Doug Diehl, and our three children to Phoenix, AZ.We joke that we moved from "dust to dust," "moss to Hoss."

I have definitely had the experience of painting many different types of landscapes. I love to travel to the ocean and paint the beaches, coastlands, and mountains in autumn and winter. I love to paint in Wisconsin when I visit my family. Deciding which motif is my favorite is virtually impossible; I am even beginning to love painting the desert.

When I am not painting the landscape, I paint still life and figures. I love to put it all together in compositions that contain figures in their environment.I believe that painting is communication without words.

The story I have to tell is simply about things that I think are visually beautiful. Whether it be a particular color combination, a pattern, a light-struck object, or a time of day, my goal is to share the beauty that I see in everyday things and grand vistas. Laundry, hanging out on the line with the sun shining through, can be as beautiful to me as the Tetons at dawn.

I hope that you will enjoy looking at my work and that my paintings allow you to have a moment when you're looking at them to think about similar times in your life when you have come across something you believe to be really beautiful.




Payment plan available: $200 deposit plus 5 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks.
  • Sep 4 - 8th, 2024
    Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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(425) 466-1751

14700 148th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072 Get directions

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