Plein Air Gouache with Priscilla Coote

$125/115 mbrs. (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Utilize the perfect portable medium to create masterpieces…anywhere!

You can have your cake and eat it too, with this often-overlooked painting medium.

You can have intense color, correct your mistakes, paint on a variety of surfaces, and carry it on a plane in a lightweight setup. We will give it a road test in this most paintable of cities.

sponsored by Goldman’s Deli

Learn more about Priscilla. 

Priscilla has been called a Tonalist in a Colorist world. A New Englander by birth, she has spent the last twenty-plus years in the Florida Keys, with its blinding sunlight and saturated hues. She has found reconciliation between these polar opposites of imagery into her own style only after years of diligently painting en plein air in both North and South, and then carrying her inspirations into the studio. She has made a lifelong study of how the placement and intensity of light and dark areas within a painting create its mood and atmosphere. She will sometimes emphasize rather than minimize the distortions of the camera. Vignetting, lens flare and color shifts are favorite tools of hers, and quite useful in the creation of mood. In addition, she is a serious student of the anatomy of water itself, delighting in how the careful rendering of even a mere ripple can make a successful painting.

Students registered in this workshop will be granted an extra discount for supplies purchased at Books & Books @ The Studios.


Colors are long-lasting, more intense than watercolor and are opaque. Includes a tube of white. The exact same thing is sold as Caran d’Ache Gouache Studio for a few dollars more.

You can use tube gouache if you already have it, but you have a lot more weight and bulk, and of course can’t put them in a carryon.


A lightweight plein air easel setup, french easel, or small folding table and chair if you have neither of those.


Paper – hot press watercolor paper, recommend Arches 7×10 Hot Press block. You may also use 140lb. hot or cold press sheet paper or board cut to size, but a smooth hot press surface works best.


Brushes- nylon assorted sizes, also stiffer sable, badger or mongoose. Squirrel is too soft and bristle is too hard.


Palette – clear or white, very shallow plastic tray, about 4×10″. This can be half of a cheap folding plastic palette, a cutout lettuce box bottom, box lid, etc. I use the clear part of the Mijello Fusion Palette.


Water cup. I use the disposable 4oz. food storage cups with lids from the dollar store.


Bottle of painting water, 12 oz. is plenty


Any magnets, bulldog clips or small bungees you may have on hand, to hold down the above.


paper towels



masking tape

carrying bag

optional snacks, drinking water, sunscreen, hat etc. TSKW does provide use of a fridge if needed.



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