• November 14, 2019 - November 16, 2019
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Studio in the Park


2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70816, United States

The main facility for the Art Guild of Louisiana is the Studio in the Park. This BREC building is located in Cedarcrest Park in Baton

Workshop Coordinator

David Gary, dgary@redstick.com, 225-252-8384


One of the biggest challenges for plein air painters is to successfully narrow down infinite amounts of detail and express the essence of a scene. Students will learn and apply strategies for simplification, value accuracy, compositional uniqueness and much more. Shelby will share her method of applying complimentary colors as an underpainting to the white canvas, and jumping in with both feet to grab the light before it changes. She will demonstrate her technique every morning and then help each student one-on-one throughout the rest of the day. No matter what level of painter you are – advanced to beginner – Shelby will work with you as your personal “painting coach.” This workshop is plein air (weather permitting).

Supply List

Plein air painting requires lightweight and portable equipment. If the student has never painted outside before and doesn’t know what kind of equipment to purchase, there are a variety of companies that one can order kits from. Make sure you have a TRIPOD to mount the painting box on.

All supplies and easel should fit into a large backpack or a rolling suitcase. A wet panel carrier will be important as well. Panel and carrier source: raymarart.com

These are just some suggested items for your plein air kit.

  • View finder of some kind
  • Small sketchbook for making thumbnails
  • Pencil and Sharpie for thumbnail sketching

I teach underpainting techniques as the one of the most influential aspects in my process of painting. Therefore I use acrylic and oils to get the results I want. The acrylic is the underpainting so that it can be dry and then use the oils on top. It is not necessary to purchase a complete set of acrylics—just 3 or 4 basic colors.

Acrylic Underpainting Colors

  • Orange
  • Rose or Magenta of some kind
  • Turquoise or some kind of bright blue

Oil Colors (I use Gamblin oil colors)

  • Titanium White
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Orange (or other orange equivalent)
  • Cadmium Red or Napthol Red
  • Quinacridone Red
  • Alizarine Crimson
  • Manganese Blue and/or Thalo Turquoise (Gamblin carries this)
  • French Ultramarine
  • Prussian Blue
  • Transparent Earth Red (brown)

Optional short cut colors by Gamblin

  • Radiant Blue
  • Radiant Violet

Painting Medium (oils for improving flow and drying time)

  • Gamblin’s new Solvent Free Fluid is best and you can fly with it.


  • 2 of each of filberts and FLATS (the more brushes you have the better) #1 and 2 round, #2, 3, 4, 6 filberts and/or flats
  • one very cheap, 2-3 inch CHIP brush — (wide hardware store paint brush) for applying the acrylic underpainting.

(most plein air easel kits come with a palette or “are” the palette)

  • Small palette paper pad for putting out your underpainting acrylic paints
  • Palette Knife for scraping and cleaning your palette at the end of the painting day.
  • Paper Towel (NOT the cheap kind)
  • Plastic grocery bags for your dirty towels


Gamsol (a product by Gamblin that is odor free and safest of the solvents on the market)

Bring: 2 jars with covers — one for clean solvents and one for poring dirty solvents into. (I fly with 2 empty plastic supplement jars, not glass)
1 plastic container for water

Canvases or Canvas Panels

8 x 10, 9 x 12, 11 x 14 canvas or linen panels (plan on 1 or 2 paintings per day) what ever you are comfortable with

Wet Panel Carrier (Raymar makes a good product)


Shelby Keefe headshotShelby Keefe is an award-winning, impressionistic painter, teacher and performance artist. Born in Whitewater, WI in 1958, she graduated in 1981 with a BFA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Always painting even while working as a self-employed graphic designer, it was in 2005 when her success as a fine artist allowed her to become a full-time painter. Her award-winning urban landscape paintings and plein air work have earned her participation in prestigious national juried shows, plein air painting competitions, residencies, and arts festivals as well as garnering commission work for many corporate clients and private collectors. She has been written about and featured on the cover of SouthwestArt and PleinAir Magazines and continues to grow her reputation nationally.