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Woman in Bloom Oil Painting

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Learn how to paint in oils with Sawdust artist Maryam Rouhi!

Materials and tools are not provided. Please have access to the following in order to complete this class:

Materials Needed


Starting out in oil painting can be scary – there are lots of colors and brands to choose from and you can get lost in choice! Buy what your budget will allow (student grade is perfectly adequate). The main thing is to not be scared to use the materials because they cost so much!

Recommended colors for this class are: White, Cadmium yellow, Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Green Light (optional), Pthalo Green, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Raw Umber, Dioxazine Purple

TIP: A full color palette allows you to have a full range of colors at your disposal as you paint. You do not need to spend as much time mixing your colors with a full color palette as with a limited palette. For example, you will never need to mix yourself an orange to mute your blue or vise versa. When painting on a tight schedule or out in the landscape and trying to capture a certain time of day, you will be thankful to have a full color palette.


For starters, a selection of one or two small, medium and large, round brushes should be enough. You will learn your preferences as you gain experience. Again, student grade quality is perfectly adequate until you ‘feel’ what’s right.

Turpentine or mineral spirits

With oil paint, you don’t clean your brushes in water, instead you clean them with a paint thinning solution. ‘Turpentine’ is the catch all phrase for this substance, but mixtures of odorless mineral spirits are a common substitute.

A jar for cleaning brushes

Any ordinary jar or old mug will do but if your budget will allow, a ‘silicoil’ is ideal for cleaning your brushes. This is a jar with a coil inside which you can gently rub the bristles against to remove excess paint. Jars like this are available at art supply stores.

Linseed Oil or Oil Medium

Like turpentine or mineral spirits, linseed oil will dilute oil paint. However, its oil base makes it a softer medium to use to thin your oil paint to attain an ideal consistency without losing the texture. You’ll use linseed oil almost like you would use water to thin watercolor paint.

Newsprint or rags

Newsprint, rags or paper towels are really useful to have on-hand for cleaning your brushes after you’ve dipped them in the cleaning solution.


A Palette is just a term that’s used to describe the surface upon which you mix your paint. It can be a large piece of glass or ceramic (old plate), a disposable book of palette pages (sold at art supply stores), or even a paper plate! Be sure it’s large enough for what you are doing though – you want plenty of room to mix your colors and ‘spread out’.

Painting Surface

Contrary to popular belief – you don’t have to paint on a canvas! As long as you treat the surface with gesso (available from art store), you can paint on just about anything – from thick paper to wood. However, if you’re new to all of this, picking up a canvas from your local art store is probably easier to begin with!


This is absolutely not a requirement, but it can help with the backache! If you’re just getting started, try to find a used easel (often found at yard sales or secondhand shops) or invest in a small, tabletop one.

Painting clothes

Make sure to wear something that you won’t mind getting paint on!


$45.00 per student

Please note

This class is live on Zoom and materials are not included. Each student will receive a unique log-in to view the course online.

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Meet the Teacher

Maryam Rouhi

My art is a reflection of my life, a reflection of myself… I am a Laguna Beach-based artist with a bachelor degree in graphics design. I started my career in commercial art working as a graphic designer for over 10 years. From the very beginning, I knew that drawing and painting were my lifelong passion. My continuous love for the female figure and portraiture has led to numerous drawings and paintings from live models. I work mainly in oils and capture the inner essence of the sitter. I am inspired by the graceful elegance of the female form and my love for color is unique to my senses. My brush strokes and textures create an unforgettable experience for the viewer. Each brushstroke builds up a story, a life, and a passion. I also enjoy creating sculptures from live models. I received an award for excellence in Oils/Acrylics from the Dean of Saddleback College. I am proud to show my art each summer at Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach.

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