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Would You Like to Explore the Colors and Reflections of Christmas Ornaments and Create Beautiful, Colorful Paintings?  Are You Ready to Create You Own Holiday Decor and Holiday Cards?

Join Sarah Sedwick in Merry and Bright, where you will be introduced to Sarah’s split-primary palette and do lots of color mixing - including some “secret” recipes for creating the illusion of gold and silver. Paint from your own festive still life in any color combination you choose, or use the photo reference included with the workshop! The alla prima painting style, in which a piece is finished in one sitting, is suited for painters of all levels, in both oils and acrylics - and this workshop makes a great follow-up - or introduction to - Sarah’s Oil Painting Boot Camp. Happy Holidays!


By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the following concepts:

  • Learn the “what why and how” of a split-primary palette - in oils or acrylics
  • Create a colorful Christmas still life to paint from at home - including Sarah’s special tips for ornament arrangements - or work from photo reference provided
  • Use a sketchbook and viewfinder to quickly explore composition and value shapes before painting
  • Lay out a palette in oils or acrylics, and mix colors for all those juicy reds, golds, silvers, and beyond
  • Learn Sarah’s alla prima painting method, step by step
  • Get recipes to create the illusion of gold and silver - and that metallic ornament shine!


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Cost - $99


In Merry and Bright with Sarah Sedwick, you will receive five lessons, including two full-length painting demonstrations - one including gold, red, and green, and one of silver ornaments. Exploring these metallic textures will help you tackle some very common non-holiday themed subjects too - from silver and brass in other types of still life to the shine of silverware - and even jewelry in portraiture!


Chances are you’ve already got most of the materials we will be using! Pull out those fun “special teams” tubes from the back of your paintbox, perfect for exploring the synthetic colors of ornaments.  You will learn tips for lighting and arranging your ornaments, exploring color combinations, and creating dynamic shadows - in your studio, or at your kitchen table.  You will experiment with composition and discover how to use a viewfinder and a simple sketch to plan a painting that works!  All that planning pays off as you dive into your alla prima ornament painting! You’ll learn Sarah’s three simple steps for alla prima, or direct painting, in oils. First: color mixing, second: the block-in or underpainting - sketching out your composition on the canvas. And third: laying down all that brilliant color!   Acrylic painters welcome!




You’ve got gold down, now it’s time for silver! Watch Sarah mix a palette specifically suited for silver - from candlesticks to spoons - and further explore the reflections and highlights on ornaments. Try it yourself - from the photo reference provided, or create your own silver still life!



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A prolific painter of still life and portraits, Sarah has been teaching workshops on alla prima painting around the country since 2013, and also offers an online art mentorship program.

Based in Eugene, Oregon since 2007, Sarah was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 2001, she earned a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her oil paintings explore the simple beauty of everyday objects, and are most often inspired by color combinations and perceptual effects. All are painted from life.

Her teaching philosophy is simple: the more you paint, the more you improve - so find ways to make painting as enjoyable as possible! Let go of perfectionism, and watch the results unfold.



This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  Sarah is no longer offering feedback for this course, but students are consistently posting work!


Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course.  However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand. 

Main Supplies

  • Palette - a 12x16 (or larger) disposable paper palette pad. Or any palette of your choice
  • Palette knife – About 2 inches long, and flexible. You want to be able to scoop up a pile of paint with it. I like the RGM softgrip no. 45 (blue handle)
  • Rags or paper towels (I like disposable blue shop towels, available at hardware stores)
  • Viewfinder: The Viewcatcher by The Color Wheel
  • Solvent: Gamsol
  • Glass jar with tight-fitting lid, or any container, for Gamsol
  • Medium: Gamblin’s Solvent-Free Gel, Walnut oil, or similar.
  • Paint - I recommend M. Graham brand. These are the colors I’ll be using in the workshop. Feel free to add “special teams” colors or make any substitutions:
    • Titanium white
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cadmium red
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Pthalocyanine blue
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Hansa yellow
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Dioxazine Purple
    • Gamblin’s Radiant Red
  • Brushes - I use Princeton Summit Series 6100 white Taklon (synthetic, white bristles, green handles), but I encourage you to use what you’re comfortable with. I’ll be working with a #2 round, a #4 flat, and a #6 flat.

Canvases or other painting surfaces:

  • Stretched canvas, canvas board, a pad of canvas paper, Arches oil paper, Ampersand gessobord, and cradled wood panels (primed), are all great surfaces for this workshop.
  • I’ll be working on a 10 x 10 inch Masterpiece canvas hardcore pro panel in Monterrey cotton.
  • Easel and side table
  • A standing easel, or tabletop easel if you like to sit down to paint. I recommend the Leder Easel for lightweight portability. (See my demo video below)


  • Plastic clamps 3-5” in size. Masking tape. Sketchbook and pencil, Sharpie marker.
  • Clip light or desk lamp
  • Lightbulbs: I’ll be using 75 watt LED’s 3000K.


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