Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anderson Ranch Art Center--Fresh Air Fresh Paint 2017

Painting at Castle Creek, Aspen 2015

2017 Landscape Painting Class

Plein Air Painting, 16 x 24",  used for below Studio Painting

See Materials List to right on sidebar:

Studio painting, 

How a landscape painting enters and evolves the Studio Work

Monday, July 14, 2014

Telluride Painting Institute

The weather has been difficult but we get a painting in each day before the Thunderstorms.

The clouds are great so there is a trade off, but there has not been as much time to paint.

The first week went well and everyone made a good painting.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Paintings from Anderson Ranch, Summer 2013

Paintings from the two weeks in Aspen, CO.

Castle Creek, Ashcroft, Aspen CO, looking South, 20 x 40”, o/c, 2013

Sunflowers at Maroon Bells, July, 20 x 40”, o/c, 2013

Castle Creek, Ashcroft, Aspen CO, looking North, 20 x 40”, o/c, 2013

Mc Clure Mt Pass #1, 16 x 24”, o/c, 2013

Mc Clure Mt Pass #2, 16 x 24”, o/c, 2013

Penstemon at Castle Creek #2, 20 x 28”, o/c, 2013

Penstemon at Castle Creek #1, 20 x 28”, o/c, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Arches National Park

I made this out visiting Delly Alsop a painter I knew from the old days in NYC, of the 1970's. She was a student of Neil Welliver at U Penn. Her husband back then, Mike Eisenman was killed by lightening while out painting in Utah. She stayed and still paints. She is a heir to Lois Dodd.

Just before Anderson class.

Castle Valley Road, UT, Arches Nat Park, 20 x 40”, o/c, 2013

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Open Air, Painting in the Landscape, Part One

Anderson Ranch Art Center Class: 

Workshop Title:  The Open Air, Painting in the Landscape, Part One
Dates: July 8-12, 2013

Ashcroft Aspens, CO, 16 x 24", o/c, 2011


The instructor will work with the idea that the interest in Landscape 
comes from the immediate physical experience and the freedom in 
direct visual perception and resultant Drawing-- in the Open Air. 

Each class is separate but a part of the other, see Part Two.

Media and Techniques 

The painting of the landscape then extends from the experience of 
Drawing, the finding of imaginative Shape and Color ideas.

We paint with oil paint as there is an extra rigor to the experience 
and we get a more complex result. 

Daily Activities 

Each day we will go out into the magnificent landscape surrounding 
Aspen and see what we find.

We will briefly go over materials and some ideas of Drawing in the 
classroom. We will spend the rest of the time, out of doors painting 
each day starting from 9, with lunch provided, till 5 when we return to 
school for dinner.

Owl Creek Road, Aspen CO,  16 x 24", o/c, 2011

Supply List,  Part 1

Supplies and equipment STUDENTS must bring to the workshop.

I recommend ordering from Utrecht or Daniel Smith online.

I recommend Utrecht, Gamblin paint or Daniel Smith paint though 
just about every brand is suitable.

Oil Paint:

Titanium/ Zinc mix White. At least 2 tubes 150 ml large

for the rest 37ml. Small tubes are ok but buy large, 150ml if you 
plan to continue on your own. 

One each:

Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Yellow Ochre
Alizarin Crimson
Napthol or Cadmium red Light Hue, or Permanent Red
Cerulean Blue Hue
Ultramarine Blue 
Chromium Oxide Green (this is a grey green and goes by different names)

a small Viridian Green, we dont use much of this

Cadmium Yellow hue light or Hansa Yellow Lt and Medium or 
Cadmium Yellow Medium,

or Hansa Yellow and Hansa Yellow Deep

( these yellows one Lt and one deep, real cadmium oil is expensive 
and poisonous but covers best, up to you, see my blog for more discussion)

Mars/ Ivory Black mix

Testright 100 or 3x3 around 80 $ easel in D Smith catalog I think 
best. Or any other is fine, some may have a French style box easel 
outfitted with small tubes of paint. I myself use larger quantities of 
everything and they don’t fit in box drawers so I don’t use one, but it
 is a good solution if you like to make smaller paintings.

Canvases around 15 x 20 ", 20 x 30" some smaller some larger, 
horizonal for landscape.

We will probably make 10 paintings. Buy these or make yourself. 
(see blog address below)

Traditional stretched canvas in Utrect or Winsor Newton, streched 
cotton in D Smith.

(Gamsol gallons and Painting medium Galkyd Qts, I will order 
this for class)

Filbert brushes as many as you wish 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12  You can do 
with 2 of each.

Red boar bristle or Platinum in Daniel Smith and #219 or 209 in
 Utrect catalogs

2 @ 1 1/2" brush for large areas .

Pallette 16 x 24 " I will supply. 1/4 " Luan Plywood.

3"paint scraper to clean pallette  or large pallette knife

Cotton Rags towels from thrift store.

Paper towels, and Baby wipes (good for hands)

Clips from Hardware store see blog

Saran Wrap

also maybe:

pliers, screw driver, utility knife, measuring tape, pencil


Hat sunscreen and water

Knap sack or crate to carry materials

Please email me through my Website, GregoryBotts.com,  if you have questions.

further help for Materials List Here:


and follow me as I paint this Summer here:


The Idea in the Landscape, Part Two

Anderson Ranch Art Center Class: 

Workshop Title:   The Figure or  "Idea" in the Landscape, Part Two

Dates: July 15-19, 2013

Aspens, Orange Stripe, 36 x 48", oil on canvas, 2005  

Concept :

The “what was found. ”

The class follows a experience of painting landscape in the Open 
Air.  The “what was found” often becomes the figure in the landscape,
 or in a more complicated way, the "Idea" of the landscape. This can 
mean in a figurative sense simply  an object of interest related to-- or 
more conceptually, an abstraction or more inner feeling as the 

Media and Techniques:

Following a loose method the instructor also uses, we will paint
out of doors in the First Part of the class. We will see what we “find
there”, and make use of this inspiration for Studio paintings in this
second class.

We will then paint in Acrylic paint on canvas on a much larger scale, 
work which can be complete in itself or completed in oil paint at home.

Much of the abstraction comes from an enlargement in size so 
for the most part we will be painting on a larger scale than 
outside. A canvas  4 x 6’  and variations of that.

(Each class is separate but a part of the other, see Part One. 
Others working in somewhat this fashion are also invited to the 
class with out completing Part One.)

Daily Activities:

We will be in the studio, one is free to be outside also. Each 
student with their own walled studio space. The instructor will 
be on hand to discuss ideas and progress.

Students from Part One will use this work as inspiration.

Sunflowers at Maroon Belles, 48 x 93", oil on canvas, 2006

Supply List Part 2

Supplies and equipment STUDENTS must bring to the workshop.

( Bring assorted drawing supplies also maybe watercolor paper to make sketches prior to painting.)

1. Canvas, I  buy 6 yds of 84” , #12 unprimed cotton canvas, Utrecht 
has the best quality and price. 

We will staple it to walls and and-- 

2. Gesso, Golden Gallon of gesso with 2” long handled house paint 
brush or use brushes specified below. Sand paper is used to soften the roughness of gesso.

3.For Drawing-- Some at least 2  #12 Utrect Synthetic  Sablette  ( if these are not of good quality they will splay after use) also smaller #16 size in Princeton Synthetic sable for smaller sketches, ( Winsor Newton Golden Scepter is a long handled brush I like) but this depends on you -- Acrylic brushes are easy to clean so less are required.

I do the majority of the painting with Acrylic 1 1/2” and 2" long handled house 
painting brushes from Home Depot around 12 dollars a piece. Try to get brushes without the sash painting angle.

At least two. But not too many as paint dries in brushes fast. I use two for darker 
cool colors and two for lighter warm colors.

4. Acrylic Paint, either Golden 8 or 16 oz jars.
 Utrect has large 5 oz tubes of  less
expensive paint. Either are OK.

I find I use the most of Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre and Chromium Green.

Jars at Golden

Golden White Gesso

I specify this brand here. Better than Utrect. Golden White Gesso will be the 
majority of paint you use so make sure you have a Gallon. This is expensive but worth while. Use it for Gesso and white paint in making the painting.

Larges tubes at Utrecht

Then black gesso, a 16 oz is fine,  is better than black paint as it is less shiny 
and works well with the white gesso.

To repaint in Oil the sheen of Acrylic paint should be kept at a minimum for 
adhesion sake. I try to keep Cadmium colors out of palette as they are dangerous to health, 
but sometimes are best. In acrylic especially these substitutes are fine.


8oz  Jars or 150ml or 5oz tubes

Brown Umber

Brown Sienna

Yellow Ochre (used most maybe pint)

Alizarin Crimson small tube

Yellow Light , Hansa 

Yellow Medium, Hansa or Diarylide Yellow as a Medium Yellow

Chromium Oxide Green Main Green  (used most maybe pint)

Viridian Green small tube

Red  Pyrrole, or Cadmium,  not used much unless personal preference

Cerulean Hue 

Ultramarine Blue  (used most maybe 16oz)

Roll Paper Towels
Water Sprayer to keep things wet quart size
Sandpaper medium
Two empty gesso buckets or similar size Gallon
Yogurt containers for smaller mixtures of paint
Blue latex gloves

Staple Gun and Staples the school has these.

We will use roll plastic on tables for palette. School will have a 
supply to use.