Barbara Mulleneaux

Learn more confident and decisive brush/knife work while loosening up for fresher, livelier works in this alla prima approach to completing field sketches. Focus on finding shapes, values, and focal points, and mixing color.

Sonoran Desert in the Spring

Barbara will give you the strategies for more confident, expressive paintings alla prima.

Workshop Description

Students often struggle to mix colors to make the right values and temperatures they want. Day 1 will address value and temperature by learning how to mix colors with a fairly limited pallete. Day 2 builds on Day 1 with a full day of painting a subject outdoors en plein air. Day 3 continues concepts learned by completing Day 2’s project in studio or starting a new day with a still life subject in controlled light.
You can also get some delicious texture with a pallet knife. However, whether you choose a blade or a brush alla prima painting takes your bland, under utilized paint to a new level. This class is all about painting more confidently. One you get the right colors and apply it with confidence, you will approach painting with fresh vitality!

About Barbara

Barbara moved to Tucson in 1994. She joined the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (Sonoran Plein Air Painters) in 2002 and served as President for 2 years. She became a Signature Member in 2018.
Barbara’s works are expressive with color and texture, as she primarily uses a pallete knife. She paints landscape, architecture and indoor/outdoor still life subjects. Barbara teaches workshops and private classes.
Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2015, Best of Show; Featured articles in “Outdoor Painter” 2016; Sunlight and Shadows, Best of Show, 2016; Bisbee After 5 Plein Air Festival Judge, 2016; Maynard Dixon Campout Invitational, 2017 and Maynard Dixon Country, 2018; FASO Bold Brush Fav 15% Artist 2105, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; NOAPS Finalist Fall International Online Contest 2017; Sonoran Plein Air Painters Signature Member 2018; Judge, Wilcox 35th Annual Fine Art and Photography Show 2018; Judge, Silver City New Mexico Purchase Prize Show, November 2018, Plein Air Painters New Mexico Small Works National Show 2019, Southwest Art Arizona Artists Feature 2019, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Taos Museum National Show 2019 Honorable Mention (Louis Escobedo, Judge)
Member: Sonoran Plein Air Painters, Signature, Plein Air Painters New Mexico, American Impressionists Society, Oil Painters of America, Arizona Plein Air Painters
Galleries: Toscana, Oro Valley; Belleza Gallery, Bisbee

Sonoran Desert in the Spring

Sonoran Desert in the Spring

March 5, 2021-March 7, 2021
$360/3-day Workshop

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Barbara Mulleneaux

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 PO Box 5112

Tubac, AZ 85646




El Presidito, 4 Calle Iglesia, Tubac, AZ 85646

M-F:  9am – 4pm
S-S: 9am – 4pm

October-May closed during the summer months.


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