All About Color

With Michele Usibelli

 To Register Call Jane 435-313-5008

Michelle Usibelli

Michelle Usibelli

During my work in architecture, I felt deeply connected to the arts. But I truly discovered my passion when I began to explore oil painting. For me, the process of creating begins with a scene that I feel carries certain energy and evokes an emotion. I find myself drawn to subject matter with rich colors or intriguing light. The vignettes of everyday life are what inspire me to paint, regardless of whether it’s a landscape, figurative work, cityscape, or portrait. It is my primary goal to have each artwork I create resonate with energy and the poetry of light. I follow my own ‘rule’ of painting what is important to me and feel very fortunate to be able to share that with all those who support and appreciate my work. There is nothing more gratifying that knowing that my work, which is so important to me, is appreciated by others.


Michele’s artwork is well known for its vibrant, captivating brushwork and passionate color. Her unique style and approach to painting is highly recognizable and her ability to capture a diverse subject matter in oil, acrylic and gouache has made her a much sought after instructor. She has become so popular that many of her workshop have attendees chosen by draw. Michele’s background and career in architecture and her extensive background in drawing, enables her to explain, and show through her demonstrations, the complete painting process from initial conception, to design to paint application. Her students leave her workshops with a solid understanding of composition, design, color theory, the importance of value & temperature shifts and the significance hard and soft edges play in creating a successful painting. Another important element Michele brings to her workshops is the ability to use one’s plein air experience to enhance an artist’s studio work, focusing on the lessons learned from painting from life and how these lessons translate to the studio. Michele’s work has been showcased in the following publications: SW Art, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air Magazine, Western Art & Architecture, International Artist Magazine and others.


Bringing Paintings to Life!

A fun filled 3 day plein air workshop. The class will start with an abbreviated lecture on the fundamentals of sound painting, including a discussion of drawing, value, design and color. Michele will also do a short demo each morning and then we will spend the day painting the natural beauty of Hawaii.

Michele’s award winning artwork has shown in both group and gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions and has won numerous awards. Her artwork is found in Museum collections and public & private collections throughout the world. Michele is a member of the following organizations: Oil Painters of America/Signature Member, American Impressionist Society/Signature Member, California Art Club/Artist Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association/Signature Member, Salmagundi Club/Artist Member. Michele is known for her highly personalized and positive approach to teaching.

Her workshops are popular throughout the United States and abroad. Michele’s workshops don’t end with the last day of class, she makes herself available to all of her students for critiques and feedback on an ongoing basis long after the workshop is over.


See more of Michele’s work at HERE

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Workshop Supply List

Ron Rencher
Phone: (830) 935-3386, or 481-9500 (cell)
Email: ronrencher@hotmail.com

(If you have a good supply of materials and equipment, don’t feel the need to buy new stuff. However, review this list and get what is here that is not in your supplies.)

PANELS/CANVAS: 6 X 8, 8 X 10, 9 X 12,10 X 12
It is strongly recommended that you use these sizes in the workshop, not larger sizes. I use 1/8” gessoed panels (1/8”mdf or masonite) that you make these yourself, or buy. You can also gesso multi-media paper.
SKETCHBOOK: A small (6x8) sketch book, a 6B pencil, Kneaded eraser,
Prismacolor premiere felt brushes, optional, (with two tips) in gray values 20%, 50%, 70% and black.

VIEW FINDER: Make a viewfinder out of black or gray mat board, or order from: View Catcher, 888-834-6165, or Art Supply Warehouse, et al.

GRAY SCALE & COLOR WHEEL: Gray Scale & Value Finder, and a small 4”Color
Wheel from Art Supply Warehouse (ASW).

BRUSHES: Hog bristle, good quality Flats or Filberts. Utrecht or Robert Simmons has a good value bristle, buy their top of the line in Nos 4, 6, 8 & 10, and a small script liner, or #1 or #2 sable/kolinsky round.

PAINT ERASER: This is rubber tipped on both ends, different configurations available. Get one with a flat chisel type end, pointed on the other end.

PAINT: A limited palette* of:
Cadmium Yellow (pale or lemon) Cadmium yellow medium Cadmium red light
Alizarin Permanent
Indian Red (Gamblin or Grumbacher) (Optional) Ultramarine blue
Cadmium Orange Titanium** white (buy a good quality white)

Alternate set of primaries (not required):
Yellow Ocher, Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Red

* I use Gamblin, W&N, and Rembrandt, primarily.
** Buy a white that does not have zinc, if possible. Studies have shown zinc to cause cracking.
PALETTE OR PAINTING KNIFE: 1-1/4” or 1-1/2”.

PALETTE: If you are using a French easel you will need a portable palette. You can use a piece of non-glare glass, or buy a folding palette such as
Easel Pal from Artisan Santa Fe. If you are using an Open Box M, Guerilla Box, Easy L, etc, the palette is built in.


ODORLESS THINNER (Gamsol, or Turpenoid)
LEAK PROOF BRUSH WASHER 8 oz size. You can use a leak proof sealable plastic bottle at least 8 oz.. Do not use odorless thinner from the hardware store!!!

GLOVES (optional) Nitrile gloves from Lowe’s paint dept., or your pharmacy

You will want a dry box, this is a lidded box with slots for carrying wet paintings done on panels. I recommend Ray Mar because of its light weight.
If you are painting on 1/8” panels be sure to get the wet panel box that is sized to accommodate panels not stretched canvas, and vice-versa.

UMBRELLA : Get the kind that is made to attach to a French easel, or a small rain umbrella in a neutral color.
Get a package of Mini stretch cords from WalMart (for fastening umbrella to easel.

MISCELLANEOUS: Sunscreen, water bottle, wide brim hat, sturdy shoes, dark shirt, an extra bottle to dump your thinner in at the end of the day to recycle the next day.


John F. Carlson, (This one is great as a text book on landscape painting); THE COMPOSITION OF OUTDOOR PAINTING,
by Edgar Payne, (more advanced than Carlson’s book, but excellent); ED WHITNEY’S GUIDE TO WATERCOLOR, good for Principles and design; ART and FEAR, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Read any
other books that inspire you.

SOURCES: Utrecht, Art Supply Warehouse (ASW), Open Box M, Ray Mar,
Cheap Joe’s, Dick Blick, and etc.