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Follow your Heart to Art

January 31 -March 10, 2024

Plein Air Sketching & Painting class

Two day class: June 8-9
We’ll start each day at the HCA classroom, then walk over to the Plaza for a demonstration and a day of sketching and painting.
  • We’ll break for a half-hour lunch at noon.
  • At 2:30 everyone will gather back at HCA to share our pieces.
  • Some basic drawing experience helpful.

Materials List:
Sketchbook (book-bound, not wire-bound)
One or two black waterproof pens (such as micron #5, #8)
Kneaded eraser
Two or three brushes of various sizes (#2 round, #6 round, #8 round)
Small watercolor palette with 8-10 basic watercolors

  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cerulean blue
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cadmium red
  • Yellow light
  • Burnt sienna
  • Raw sienna
  • Alizarin or permanent crimson
  • Raw umber
  • Burn umber

Small bag to carry your materials

Date: Sat & Sun June 8-9, 2024
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Instructor: Phillip L. McDonel
Location: Healdsburg Center for the Arts
Fee: $160

Instructor: Phillip L. McDonel

My 30+ years in the Graphic Communications and Advertising business included jobs as a Free-lance Illustrator and graphic designer with my own offices in San Francisco, CA, Art Director/Creative Director at Charles Schwab & Co., Contract graphic designer and package designer for a wide variety of products and services. Clients included multi-national, and local businesses and charitable organizations.

After retiring from the graphics business, I studied painting in oil and watercolor, etching and ceramics. I am a member of “Urban Sketchers International” “Sketchbook Workshop” and the sketch group “Ready, Set, Sketch”. I’ve shown my work at the Folsom Art Center Gallery and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. I’m currently a gallery artist at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, in Healdsburg, CA.

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to receive various awards and recognition for my work including Awards from the Los Angeles Society of IllustratorsGraphic Design Magazine, and PRINT Magazine. In 2020, one of my paintings was selected to be included into the “Open Exhibit” at the De Young Museum.

Today, my wife Barbara and live in Healdsburg, California where we both enjoy photography, sketching, painting and travel.