Ron Thomson Luminous Passages II Oil and Acrylic Workshop Information

Workshop Info

Luminous Passages II - oil and acrylic

February 7-9, Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Early Bird (until January 6) - $325 LAAG members / $375 nonmembers
Regular - $375 LAAG members / $425 nonmembers

To register contact Linda Pace at or 225-247-1309, or Patti Bailey at or 469-644-8148.


This workshop is a pragmatic approach to accessing discoveries into the mysteries of light, color and how to unify our painting through "passages". I would like to further expand this workshop's focus to include new insight into dramatically developing depth in shadows and creating tactile luminous forms that compel your viewers to believe your illusion. Medium: oils or acrylics at preference of participant. Please note that Ron Thomson will be demonstrating in oils but believes the core concepts apply equally to both media. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of expertise from beginner to advanced, however, students should have a basic understanding of their materials and how to use them.


  • Palette Knife - medium size, 2-4" diamond shape blade
  • Brushes: White Bristle Brushes for oils. If painting in acrylics, you may want a synthetic brush in Flats or Filberts in a range of sizes from small to 1½ inches wide. For both oils and acrylics, look for a hobby lobby ad for sales on brushes and get Masters Touch flats or filberts - sizes 2, 4, 8, 12. Otherwise, bring those old brushes you have that are so worn down and stuck together with old paint you could file your nails with them.
  • Paper Towels: Brawny or Viva
  • Two cheap pre-stretched 16" x 20" canvases or buy more expensive 16" x 20" options at your preference.
  • Plastic wrap to cover your palette, or you can get a Palette Holder – Masterson Palette. If using oils, please don't get the "stay-wet" Masterson Palette Holder ... that one is for acrylics.
  • Palette - pad of waxed disposable palette sheets
  • Odorless mineral spirits - get this from an art store, not the hardware store because that stuff stinks to high heaven! Not used for used for acrylic painters.
  • Mason Jar - wide mouthed quart for mineral spirits if you are painting in oils, or you can purchase a higher priced artists mineral spirits container. If you are painting in acrylics, any old large cup or jar will do. By the way, I will be most stern with you if I catch you storing your brushes in this vessel :)
  • Suggested oils or acrylics colors
    • Titanium White (150-200 ml tube. Do yourself a favor and get the big tube)
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Cadmiun Yellow Medium
    • Cadmiun Red Light
    • Magenta or Rose
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cerulean Blue
    • Pthalo Green
    • Raw Sienna
    • Ivory Black

    Gamblin (my personal favorite), Winsor & Newton, Utrecht, Golden (acrylic), Lukas (1862 series) and Richeson are good brands at reasonable prices. Beware of the cheap stuff! Its like cooking ... it starts with the ingredients.

  • Source material - As artists, we may find particular joy in painting particular subject matter. I enjoy using my own photographs. I find that using photographs that I have personally shot gives me "ownership" of the work. This is not a requirement for the class, but I encourage you to begin gathering photographs that speak to you. I will have a limited collection of photographs you may use as well. Aside: again we start with good ingredients for "your" painting.
  • Extra Suggested Items: Something to transport your art stuff: Tool box, mop bucket, rolling "supply transport", etc


For more information you can visit Ron's website at, call Ron Thomson at 251-586-2254 or email at

Artist Info

Ron Thomson headshot

I create paintings in oils on stretched linen or canvas in a style that is representational, but strives for a loose and expressive feeling. I enjoy a wide range of subject matter from landscapes, and still lifes to figural paintings and scenes of cultural interest. The latter could be a band of performing musicians or a subject reading the morning paper at a coffee shop. I especially enjoy painting everyday scenes that express the common experience we share on our separate paths. I live in Fairhope, AL and have a BFA in Studio Arts from FSU.

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