2023 Painting Demonstrations


The 2023 Winter Park Paint Out will feature a number of demonstration events.

All painting demonstrations are FREE to the public and take place at the Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.


Monday, April 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Design and the Power of Contrasts” – Watercolor Painting Demonstration with Stephen Puttrich at the Polasek Museum

The human eye is an incredible tool for seeing and observing and directly connects to our mindfulness in seeing the scene. Artists use the design principle of contrasts to direct the eye in and around paintings. Steve will demonstrate various techniques, such as placing contrasting complementary colors together, warm colors vs. cool colors, varying degrees of light and dark values, and using different textural techniques in one composition. He will show how to mix rough and smooth textures and employ contrasting sizes and shapes in order to draw attention to certain elements and emphasize different areas of the artwork, while still creating a sense of balance and unity.


Monday, April 24, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Creating Color Studies in Gouache” – Gouache Demonstration with Abby Ober at the Polasek Museum

Abby will demonstrate how creating small color sketches prior to painting a larger work can aid in strengthening a final painting. Viewers will learn about gouache as a versatile medium to work out compositional and color issues.


Tuesday, April 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Steps to Successful Plein Air Painting – An Essential Process” – Oil Painting Demonstration with Katie Dobson Cundiff at the Polasek Museum

Not every painting you do will be a “keeper”, but by applying 4 basic steps, you may find you have more success. Good drawing is one of the cornerstones for successful painting, but even if one can draw, compose, mix color, and handle paint reasonably well, one can find themselves in trouble if these 4 basic steps are not followed. Strong foundations, following a process, and simplifying will help you achieve your painting goals.


Tuesday, April 25, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Discovery Painting: An Intuitive Journey to Successful Paintings” – Oil Painting Demonstration with Antwan Ramar at the Polasek Museum

Antwan will explore the techniques that can be used to recognize interesting color relationships, and compositional shapes. He will also teach how to utilize abstraction to get out of your analytical brain and paint more intuitively.


Wednesday, April 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Painting Water” – Oil Painting Demonstration with Olena Babak at the Polasek Museum

Many of us have experienced the joy of spending time by the water. Combining her knowledge of plein air with the artist’s understanding of form and movement Olena will demonstrate how to capture the subtleties of water with paint. She will cover the color of water, the ways light works on the surface, and the physics of waves. She will use a limited palette to show how to mix convincing colors and create harmony in the painting.


Wednesday, April 26, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Painting Shapes of Color” – Oil Painting Demonstration with Mary Hoffman at the Polasek Museum

Of the many processes artists use to express their painting, Mary will demonstrate how integrating “drawing” with painting can be accomplished by focusing on capturing the “shapes.” Temperature and value of colors are also major players in this method of “painting shapes of color.


Thursday, April 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

What Lies Beneath” – Pastel Demonstration with Barbara Ortiz at the Polasek Museum

If you have ever stared at your blank canvas trying to decide where to begin, this is the demonstration for you. Creating an underpainting can harmonize your color palette and contribute to aerial perspective in a pastel painting. Underpainting is a fun way to loosen up at the beginning of your pastel painting. This is a very forgiving way of making some early decisions about the direction you want your painting to take. The end results of laying down this simple foundation are so gratifying.


Friday, April 28, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Landscape Paintings with Figures” – Oil Painting Demonstration with Morgan Samuel Price at the Polasek Museum

Be sure to arrive early and claim a seat for nationally acclaimed artist Morgan Samuel Price’s painting demonstration. A figurative painting with a landscape backdrop is all about the figure, and a landscape painting with a figure(s) is all about the landscape! Morgan will demonstrate one possible approach with a figure as an element of the landscape.


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