Sarah Jane Webber: Barnyard Brushtrokes

$285/2-Day Workshop 

March 22 & 23, 2023

Holiday Brushtrokes

For artists who wish to paint animals and portraits in a more expressive, colorful and lively manner. The animals can be anything, from barnyard, wildlife to cats and dogs. The first day always starts with a welcome and a quick hello to get to know everybody

After the intro, I paint a short demo. This is to show the students how I start a painting and what my brushstroke looks like Following the demo (usually 45 minutes) I like to do some sketching from life. I like to see the students ability with drawing and their line. I like to free up their hand and get them to draw in big, loose and bold shapes. The drawing from life can include taxidermy, sculpture, or a live animal like my chocolate lab who is very quiet and easy to work from. I like students to work on large newsprint for that. After drawing I like to do color and value studies using photographs. These are always helpful and fun. Some of these are timed and some are not. I like the students to work on smaller canvas pads for these exercises.

The first afternoon and remaining days are all oil painting. On the first day I choose the subject matter from my photo library and have all the students paint the same thing. At this point I am looking for how they approach their subject matter, and what their ability levels are.

The second and third days I want the students to then pick their own image that they have brought or from my photo library and work up a finished painting. After that is completed they are free to use their own photographs to complete 2-3 more paintings. Ultimately I want them to produce a finished product that they are happy with, as well as myself. It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, but can be something they are proud of, wish to give as a gift, or even submit to a show. Finally, I like to wind things up with an hour-long critique session, where I encourage everybody to talk about their experience and to even photograph each other’s work. This is very helpful.


Skill Level Required

All Welcome

About Sarah Jane Webber

My journey as an artist has been surprising, challenging, fun and rewarding. It started as a whim in 2001 and became a somewhat late in life career choice after spending 10 years working in sales in art galleries in Jackson, Wy, Scottsdale AZ and Carmel, CA. After learning to enjoy plein air painting in my spare time, I was encouraged by my one of my mentors and close friend, the late western artist/potter Bill Freeman, to pursue a career as an artist. I learned what it’s like to work hard, observe life, and take criticism. I have put in alot of what I call “brushstroke mileage” to get to the style of animal painting I have today.

The “alla prima” painting style of wet on wet best exemplifies my work. I work quickly to achieve a spontaneous, expressive and sculptured stroke. I am interested in broken color and abstract shapes. I am also very interested in looking for the play of rhythm and light in my paintings. I have a built a career around paintings of the faces of white hereford cows and all the wonderful color and reflected light that dances about. As a classically trained musician, (an earlier chapter in my life) rhythm is a big deal to me! I love to draw and and want good draftsmanship to show in my work. These elements add up to a uniqueness in my art that I feel has put my own personal stamp on my work and has given me the success and awards I have had.

I have been fortunate in my career having studied and painted alongside some incredible people such as Greg McHuron, John Moyers, Mark Daniel Nelson, Glenn Dean, Carol Swinney, Steven Datz, Kathy Wipfler, Matt Smith and of course Bill Freeman. In my career I have been blessed to participate to some major museum shows, such as Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ, Western Visions, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY, John Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA, (where they hosted me in two person show, 2009) ,Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington, VT, SEWE (Southeastern Wildlife Exposition) Charleston, SC , Mountain Oyster Club, Tucson, AZ, Western Masters, Great Falls, MT, Cattlemen’s Western Art Show, Paso Robles, CA, Bosque Western Art Classic, Clifton, TX (where I won the Boren- Selvidge Award in 2018), many juried appearances with American Women Artists (I was presented with an Award of Excellence in 2017) , Western Spirit Museum Group show, Scottsdale, AZ and for 15 years have appeared in American Miniatures, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ.

I have also had my work appear and be featured in such publications as Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector and Cowboys and Indians, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, JAVMA (Journal of Veterinarian Medical Assn), North Dakota Stockman, Jackson Hole News and Guide and Planet Jackson Hole.

I am a signature member of the American Women Artists group and an associate member of Women Artists of the West. I have been busy showing my work in many galleries over the years and enjoy being a gallery artist, which at the present includes representation at Wilde Meyer in Scottsdale, AZ and Tucson, AZ, La Posada Resort in Santa Fe, NM and The Artful Deposit in Bordentown City, NJ. I currently live and paint in Jackson, WY and Tucson, AZ.

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4 Calle Iglesias, Tubac, AZ 85646

PO Box 5112, Tubac, AZ 85646