Paul Oman: Online Demonstration

Thursday, November 19, 7-9 pm


“Painting ‘into and through’ the forest can be a challenge, especially when every little detail wants to be noticed at first glance.  I will demonstrate how I simplify these complex patterns, beginning with abstract washes and wet-on-dry applications, working towards the realistic impression that sunlight dancing through the trees of a northern Minnesota forest/lake landscape provides.  I will even add a couple of birch trees and reflections for fun!  These landscapes in watercolor, among all of the many and varied subjects I paint in various mediums, are among my favorites.  I hope you will join me, and I look forward to interacting with you.”
-Paul Oman  

Paul Oman shares his love of painting with people of all ages.  A native of Amery, Wisconsin (USA), Paul was honored as a Bold Brush International Painting Competition finalist for his watercolors in 2010 and 2013, featured in the 2017 National Watercolor Society’s International Exhibition in San Pedro, CA and has exhibited in other national and regional exhibitions.

Paul paints with watercolor, acrylic, and oil.  The fast and free approach of watercolor has become the foundation for how Paul sees and approaches the visual arts in studio, plein air, and as he paints before live audiences.  Painting since he was ten years of age, Paul works full-time using his artistic abilities to bring hope, inspiration, joy and value to the lives of other through art and its creative processes.

Founder of Drawn to the Word in 2011, Paul paints large-scale canvases with high visual impact before audiences, creating stories that inspire.  Consulting with organizations worldwide, he paint their story and mission, creating uniquely memorable experiences. 

Paul is also an instructor of drawing and painting, sharing the joy of painting in any medium with people of all ages and abilities through workshops, schools, community education, and by invitation.

Paul lives near Deer Park, Wisconsin with his wife, Jana and their children.

Phone:                         715-790-2029





James Nutt
October 15, 2020


James Nutt began his demo by saying, “Anywhere you’re at, you can find a story to tell.”  He loves art and loves to talk about it. In his studio, he usually works on two paintings or sketches at once so he can let paint dry. He  uses a variety of sketchbooks, but his current favorites are Handbook and Etcher.  He often pre-cuts 300 pound paper and pencils in the mat size. James lists all of his tools on his website, but mentioned that he draws with a number 2 or 2 B pencil and likes Staedtler Lumacolor pens. He doesn’t believe in erasing. Drawing is simply making a move and then making the next move.  Before beginning, he thinks about the story, begins the drawing by making sure the main shapes are the right size and proportion, then draws again with ink.  This is a new drawing, not tracing.

After sharing his supplies, philosophy and approach, James showed a video of himself completing a sketch in his own back yard.

Memorable quotes from James Nutt:
I paint until I regret the last three moves.
I like paintings that are ABOUT something, not OF something.
You learn more from the ones you don’t like than the ones you like.
I paint the Golden Mean.
Pick up an object. Look at it. Why is it this way. Let it talk.
Foreground, middle ground, background = hither, thither, and yon.
All nature has a little red in it.  If your green looks fake, add red.