Join us for a day of fresh air, learning, and camaraderie as we explore the wonderful resources of the Whiterock Conservancy.
Mickey Carlson has long followed the time honored practice of
painting outdoors, often called plein air painting. Painting onsite,
painting from life, is the very best way to learn and improve your art practice.
Call 712-790-8221 to reserve your spot as space is limited. A
donation of $25 is suggested to participate. All donations to Whiterock
Conservancy will be used to protect this beautiful land for today and
Participants should plan to bring:
- Brushes – numbered 0, 1, 2, etc. No larger than 4. They should be of varied types, at least one each of Round, Flat, Filbert
- At least one offset palette knife for mixing paint
- a cardboard box or newspaper to put wet paintings on in the car
- paper towels or rags
- For Oils:
- Canvas or gessoed board that is not too large, such as 9×12 to 11×14
- At least 5 colors (black, white, yellow, red, blue)
- Citrus based medium or environmentally friendly solvent
- For Pastels:
- Canson Me Tiente neutral color pastel paper or pad 9×12
- Basic range of colors for landscape (Rembrandt is a good brand)
- Lunch, water, other drinks (wine and beer)
- hat with visor, sunscreen, bug spray etc.
Mickey (Michael Anne) Carlson, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.F.A., B.A.
Mickey Carlson loves to draw and paint, with charcoal, pencils,
pastels and oils. More than forty years of art practice has enhanced
her sense of gratitude for the wonders of nature, and encouraged her to
see the world in a meditative, contemplative fashion. Her early career
as a graphic designer included studies with Milton Glaser at SVA New
York, and other noted illustrators and designers. These mentors
provided a strong foundation for her developing understanding of
composition, color studies, and imaginative problem-solving.
Carlson served as Creative Director for her own graphics company for
fifteen years. Carlson then completed an M.B.A. at Iowa State
University and detoured into the corporate world. She continued to draw
and paint, taking classes at the Des Moines Art Center and from noted
portrait artist Mary Muller. Following retirement in 2013 she
intensified her studies, participating in workshops, and showing her
work locally. Most recently she has participated in the intensive
workshops provided by the International Portrait Society. Several of
her works are in private collections, on display in Des Moines, Boston,
Chicago and New York. Her whimsical illustrations are published in
“Everyday Virtues” by noted author and storyteller James Autry.
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