TESTIMONIALS -"I enjoy seeing all your paintings that are excellent to say the least. No wonder I think you are one of the best instructors and it was proven so with my classes with you.” Lolly B.
-"You are my painting guru!!!!! I'm so glad I know you!! Again, thanks a million for your help. I very much enjoyed your classes this past season. I learned a ton! I will definitely be back next year." Elaine M.
-"You always talk about values - along with so many other good pointers. That is why we keep returning to your classes. Actually, the list of why we return is long." Connie K.
-"Such gorgeous color, as always!" Sheila W.
Bio: During years spent studying oil painting under the tutelage of well-known Californian oil painters, Manon developed her own distinct style, described as “representational with an impressionistic touch”. In 2010, Manon's move from San Francisco to Florida turned out to be a cornucopia of inspiration for her oil paintings. More important than the subject matter itself is Manon’s goal to capture the effect the light has on the subject and the feeling it evokes, expressing it through interesting patterns, luminous color, and juicy brush strokes.
Manon is devoted to her students with whom she shares freely and enthusiastically everything she knows about painting. She teaches weekly classes in studio and plein air painting as well as workshops in the US and Europe. Manon participates in juried plein air competitions and exhibits frequently in juried shows. Her paintings are in private collections in the US, Europe, and Australia and have won numerous awards. Her work has been included in former White House communication officer Jim Snyder’s book “Down the Loxahatchee”. Ultimately, Manon aims to communicate her joie de vivre through paintings that reflect the color, light, and joy Manon feels surrounded by and is ever so grateful for. ManonSander.com
- Titanium White
- Lemon Yellow
- Cadmium Yellow Orange (such as cad. Yellow orange by Sennelier or cad. Yellow deep
- Yellow Ochre
- Cadmium Red Light (Gamblin makes the best)
- Quinacredone Red
- Permanent Alizarin Crimson
- Phtalo Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
I like Gamblin paints. Feel free coming to the first class with what you have. As long as you have a warm and a cool version of yellow, blue and red you should be good to go and we can decide together what else you might want to get for better results.
Medium: Liquin Original (for oil painters)
For students painting in acrylic I recommend an extender that will keep your paints wet longer.
Thinner: Gamsol (for oil painters). !Please note that no turpentine will be allowed in class!
Brushes for Oil Painters:
Long handled natural bristle brushes such as hog hair.
- Size 1 round.
- Size 2, 4, 6, 8 flats or filberts. Please no short stubby brushes such as brights
- One skinny rigger brush for fine lines.
- 2” diamond shaped palette knife.
Brushes for acrylics painters: synthetic in above sizes .
Canvas Panels in sizes 8x10”, 9x12” or 11 x 14” and several 4 x 6” canvas panels. Unless you know that you are a very fast painter able to tackle a larger canvas, please stick to these sizes.
- Sketch book and pencil for sketching and note taking
- View finder if you have one
- Paper towels (I prefer Viva or the blue shop paper towels from Home Depot)
- Palette (I like Richeson’s Grey Matters Paper Palette for easy clean up, non-absorbent surface and middle value that allows you to see your mixed paints better than a white palette)
- Water receptacle for acrylics painters