Painting with Matisse: Annie O'Brien Gonzales (2-Day)

In this workshop we focus on the elements of master French Fauvist painter Henri Matisse’s painting style. For the first painting, we will work from one of Matisse’s celebrated paintings to learn more about the elements emphasized—flattened space, pattern, color and intimate interiors. Discussions will focus on learning from master painters and incorporating elements to create your own unique style. In the second painting we will work from photographs or you can bring your own “Matisse-like” images as inspiration.

Matisse Open Window

Materials List:

  1. Water container
  2. Synthetic or bristle “bright” shaped brushes- 1⁄2", 1", 2"
  3. One inexpensive small round brush for painting lines
  4. Fluid Matte Medium-small jar
  5. Basic palette of acrylics: Golden or Liquitex Acrylic Heavy Body Paints small tubes- cadmium yellow light, cadmium yellow medium, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue, cadmium red medium, cadmium red light, quinacridone magenta, ivory black, titanium white (*you may substitute other Red & Yellow colors if you have a concern about Cadmium) Please buy professional level acrylic paint, not student grade.
  6. Paper towels or rags
  7. Pad of disposable palette sheets or parchment paper for mixing paint.
  8. One painting surfaces/day- inexpensive canvases or canvas panels 16” × 20” or larger rectangle shape.

**Empty Handed Advantate is available for $35 you may come completely empty handed and have all these supplies provided for you in class.  Your canvases are yours to keep and all the paints, mediums and brushes are available to use in class.  Select this option in checkout.

*I will bring many inspiration photos from magazines for you to use but you may want to bring your own if you have them. Clip pictures from magazines that depict interior scenes, objects, flowers, figures, landscapes, colors or compositions that you love or take photos on your smartphone for inspiration.


Event Details

Event Date 10:00am on May, 3
Event End Date 5:00pm on May, 4
Price $300.00
Location A Work of Heart Studio
Categories Visiting Instructor

Instructor Info

Annie O'Brien Gonzales

Annie is a full-time professional painter and teacher She shows her work in several galleries including Globe Fine Arts Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM and teaches painting workshops and private classes across the US and Canada. She recently published two books “Bold Expressive Painting-Painting Techniques for Still Lifes, Florals and Landscapes in Mixed Media” & “Joy of Acrylic Painting” along with three videos on expressive mixed media painting with Northlight Publishing. She also teaches online painting classes at: For more information:

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