Average to Extraordinary Understanding composition in landscape design

Jim Wodark

Jim Wodark

Jim was born in 1958 in Denver, Colorado but grew up near the
Flatirons. Both of his parents are artistic and he was tremendously
influenced by them and the natural beauty of the environment.
Cartooning was his first love and he worked in that field for 15 years. In
1990 Jim moved to California and a few years later met his wife, Julie. It
was at this time that he began to paint with oils. The birth of their first
child, Clint in 1998, focused his desire to paint while being a stay at home
dad. In 2000 they had twin girls, Sophia and Gwen. Believe it or not, this
helped him focus even more! For the last 15 years, he has been able to
paint every day and has had great growth and success. Jim paints both “En
Plein Air” (on location from life) and in the studio. “I want to inspire
and be inspired through painting. To bring beauty into people’s lives. I
have been blessed with a passion to create. I am thankful that people
respond to my work and that it makes a difference in their homes and
businesses. Every day I look forward to what I will paint next.”
Jim has won numerous awards at the local and national level. He belongs
to several painting groups: the California Art Club “Artist Member”, the
Laguna Plein Air Painters Association “Signature Member”, and The Oil
Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society.

Do you struggle with ugly paintings? Are you full of excitement when you start a painting, only to get depressed at the end because the painting seems to fall apart? How do you communicate your vision and joy effectively in your painting? It all starts with Composition,

The most important part of painting! Learn how to compose better paintings! Come join Jim Wodark in beautiful St. George, Utah and see how to strengthen the design of your paintings so that they look more like what you intended. Discover several ways to compose a painting as well as how to use Values, Color, Edges, Line and Shape to direct the viewer in your painting.

The course will be a combination of studio and Plein Air painting using and honing the skills and techniques Jim presents. It’s the best way to start the New Year!

The course is a 3-day workshop with Jim Wodark. He will discuss and demonstrate several ways to compose landscape paintings. Jim will go step by step and show you how to compose a successful as well as how to use the tools of painting, Values, color, edges, line, shape, to guide your eye through the painting. The more you understand these ideas and methods, the better your painting will reflect the story and emotion that you wish to communicate.

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Supply List

  • I use a Prolific Easel and a SlickF740 tripod
  • Raymar Single Oil Primed, Classens 15 linen panels
  • Raymar Panel Carrier
  • Usually Rosemary’s Brushes. All flats #4, #6, #8 and a rigor brush
  • Palette Knives Creative Mark I use a square one #46T and a triangle small one #19T
  • I use a sketchbook and a Faber Castell india ink pen.
    1. Gamsol Paints:
    2. Cadmium Yellow Medium
    3. Indian Yellow
    4. Cadmium Red Light
    5. Quinacridone Red
    6. Ultramarine Blue
    7. Manganese Blue
    8. Cremnitz White (optional) or Flake white
    9. Titanium White
  • Gamsol odorless turpentine
  • Brush washer
  • Paper Towels Viva 1-2-3
  • Trash Bag
  • Backpack
  • Hat
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Water


1. Prolific Easel http://www.joshuabeen.com/merchandise/portable-painting
2. Art Box and Panel http://artboxandpanel.com
3. Open Box M http://openboxm.com
4. Strada http://www.stradaeasel.com
5. Julian http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Easels/French-Style-Easels/Jullian-French-Easels-and-Accessories/Jullian-Original-and-Half-Box-French-Easels.htm


1. Slick http://www.amazon.com/Slik-F740-Economy-Tripod-Large/dp/B002B8BKUS/ref=sr_1_1/181-5990369-1896460?ie=UTF8&qid=1460422938&sr=8-1&keywords=slik+f740
2. Bogen tripod http://www.joshuabeen.com/merchandise/portable-painting


1. Raymar Art Panels http://www.raymarart.com
2. Source Tek Panels http://www.canvaspanels.com
3. Centurion Panels http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/canvas-andboards/canvas-panels-and-boards/centurion-deluxe-oil-primed-linen-panels.htm

Panel Carrier:

1. Raymar panel carrier
2. Josh Been’s http://www.joshuabeen.com/merchandise/portable-painting/wet-panelcarriers
3. Easy L carrier http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/index.htm


1. Rosemary’s Brushes http://www.rosemaryandco.com
2. Jerry’s Artarama
3. Dick Blick


Cadmium Yellow Medium, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Red Light, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Blue, Cremnitz White (optional), Titanium White

1. Gamblin Oil paints http://www.gamblincolors.com
2. Windsor Newton
3. Michael Harding Oil Paints


1. Gamsol from Gamblin

Brush Washer:

1. Jerry’s Artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/Brush-Washers-and-Cleaning-Supplies/Brush-Washers/Petite-Air-Tight-Brush-Washer.htm

Palette Knives:

Pallete Knive: I use a square one #46T and a triangle small one #19T I think

1. Creative Mark http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/brushes-andpalette-knives/palette-knives/creative-mark-painters-edge-painting-knives-and-sets/creativemark-painters-edge-knives.htm

Pencil/ pens and drawing:

1. Faber Castell http://www.jerrysartarama.com/discount-art-supplies/pens-and-markers/faber-castell-pitt-artist-pens-and-sets/faber-castell-pitt-artist-drawing-pens.htm

2. Josh Been’s drawing kit http://www.joshuabeen.com/merchandise/portable-painting/sketchboxes

Sketch Pad:


Paper Towels:

1. Viva 1 2 3 no pattern or design


Reusable bag:


Brush Holder:

1. Art Box and panel http://artboxandpanel.com/workszoom/496305


1. Randy Higby Gallery http://www.kingofframe.com
2. Mayen Olsen Frames http://www.mayenolson.net
3. Front Range Frames http://frontrangeframes.com

Back Pack:

1. Redwing 50 Kelty https://www.rei.com/s/kelty-redwing-packsr=gender%3AMen%27s%7CUnisex%7CWomen%27s&ir=collection%3Akelty-redwing-packs

Hat, Sunscreen, Bug repellent, gloves.


1. Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting

2. Kevin Macpherson 2 books http://kevinmacpherson.com/collections/20050

3. Edgar Payne Composition of Outdoor Painting

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