The focus of this workshop is working in the studio to increase confidence with color identification and color mixing to capture outdoor light and color. The first day will be spent inside and the following three days will be on location (weather permitting). The plein air painting days will take all the studio study into the field and we will paint from life capturing the natural light. Design and composition, perspective, and palette organization will be addressed. After the workshop, artists will have the tools to create paintings that express their vision. 

This is a fast paced class and built on many years of teaching landscape painting. Recommended for intermediate and advanced painters. One extended day includes artist’s studio visit in Cayucos. 

About the Instructor

Elizabeth "Libby" Tolley is an award winning landscape painter and author. Living on California’s Central Coast, her focus has been painting the rural landscape from life. Working first in watercolors, and then expanding to include oil painting in 1990, Libby’s career has attracted the attention of magazine and book editors, museum directors, gallery owners, and collectors.

Libby Tolley is an artist member of California Art Club, signature member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters (LPAPA) Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.), and the National Watercolor Society (N.W.S). Her work is in public, private, and museum collections. Her book, Oil Painter’s Solution Book is produced in English and Chinese Editions.

April 19—22, 2018. 9 AM — 4 PM $485 members, $515 general. 

Please register by Friday, April 12, 2018. Materials list online. 


  • Starting Thursday, April 19th, 2018, repeats every day until Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm