• Artist – Colby A. Sanford
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Would You Like to Learn a Simple Method for Creating Art that is Both Personal and Rooted in the Work of Old Masters?

Join Colby A. Sanford in TRYING MY HAND, where you will learn Colby's method for simplifying the hand, spend a bit of time looking through art history and then figure out a painting composition that is both personal AND rooted in the work of old masters. Colby came upon this method at the end of 2021 while he was putting together a solo show or new work for a gallery in Park City Utah. He fell in love with the method because it is simple and open to infinite possibilities. After choosing images from Art History, we'll go through the process of preparing the panel surface and transferring the image to get into your painting as quickly as possible. From there Colby talks as much as possible about every decision he makes throughout three different paintings to help you understand how he uses value, temperature, edge quality, shape and other basic concepts in creating a final painting. It is Colby's hope that this will give you a framework to create work that you are really proud of.  We hope to see you in class!



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

  • Deepen understanding of hand structure
  • Connect your work with Art History
  • Recognize and utilize temperature shift, subtle values and line quality in your work
  • Discover a simple method for accurate image transfer
  • Gain confidence in creating a meaningful painting from ideation to completed composition 


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Hands can be hard and everybody’s hand is a little bit different. That’s why it’s helpful to start out by breaking down the hand into its basic parts and then learn the smaller intricacies as you go. I like to break the hand into the palm, the thumb and the fingers.  In lesson one, you will learn this simple process.

Lesson two is more of an exploration/meditation. This can be used with any art book or magazine whether it’s yours or the library’s, you just need to have a way to bookmark images that pop out to you like post it notes or scraps of paper. For simplicity, I use an app called Google Arts & Culture. It is free and has a nice ‘FAVORITES’ feature to save your faves. I also really appreciate that I can start with a classic favorite artist and in a few clicks find a new favorite that I had no idea existed!


Now that we understand the basic structure of the hand and have a bank of art history images to pull from, we will jump into some painting! We will begin by posing our own hands or hands of family and friends for a reference image. Then make a basic tracing of the image to paint using a projector or Da Vinci App. I will show you how I use the Da Vinci App!  Next, I will show you how I move through the phases of a painting, beginning with the block in, and finishing up with the final details.  You learn to refine values, color relationship, temperature and shape relationships until you feel like you have a nice finished painting!  We will complete this process from beginning to end as we complete three different paintings.  You can follow along with my exact photos and paintings, or use my process as you create paintings that are meaningful to you!


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Colby A. Sanford is a figurative realist painter with a heart for finding poetry in the prosaic. Growing up in an unconventional home, he was encouraged to paint on the walls of his bedroom and later lived in a yurt. His most precious moments are spent at home with his wife and two daughters, often baking oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Working in a restricted acrylic paint palette, Sanford is able to highlight beauty in the mundane. Many works are paired with short-form poetry that serves to further parse extraordinaries from the commonplace of everyday life.


This course will have a private Facebook group just for you!  The artist will be actively involved with the class via Facebook the first four weeks the course is open!  After that the course will be a self-study.  The artist may or may not be involved after the four weeks.  We are looking forward to seeing your artwork!


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.


  • Gessoed Wood Cradle board in size of your choice



  • Flat brushes in sizes 8, 12 and 1/2”
  • Round brushes in sizes 3 and 5)



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